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Diamond Ads heading to District 4-AAA as No. 4 seed


Old ragtime music in the air, half-priced concessions, free-admission, throwback uniforms, wood bats — it was the second annual “Turn Back the Clock Night” at Farragut High School.

But it was Oak Ridge High School that was enjoying the atmosphere more with a 3-2 win at John Heatherly Field Thursday, April 27.

The Admirals, however, avenged that loss by destroying District 4-AAA top seed South Doyle 23-5 Friday, April 28, at FHS.

With the win, the Admirals’ overall record improved to 20-12-1 entering the week while ending the regular season 9-5 in District 4-AAA, earning the No. 4 seed for the district tourney beginning Friday at South-Doyle and William Blount high schools.

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With ace pitcher Rob Catapano on the mound and wood bats being used, things looked positive for the Admirals through four innings of play.

After a Matt Ramsey double, David Reynolds drove him home with a single to give the Admirals a 1-0 lead heading to the fifth.

“We just gave up three runs,” Farragut head coach Tommy Pharr said. “We can’t focus well enough to get out of the inning.”

After Catapano retired the first two batters of the fifth, trouble set in.

Two consecutive hit batters put two runners on base and a wild pitch moved them to second and third. An infield single by the next batter allowed Oak Ridge to tie the game 1-1.

The next batter drew a walk and bases were loaded for Eric Barclay, who hit a two-run single up the middle to give Oak Ridge a 3-1 lead and signaling the end to Catapano’s night.

The Admirals brought in senior Lawson Cheek and after walking a batter to force the bases loaded, he got himself out of the jam with a strikeout. But the damage was done.

“We had two outs and two strikes on one hitter and hit him and just didn’t focus really well,” Pharr said. “We aren’t very good.”

The Admirals made an attempt at a seventh inning comeback but came up a little short.

Reynolds hit a one-out double to start the rally and Curtis Powell hit a hotshot grounder that the Wildcat first baseman botched to score Reynolds and narrow the deficit 3-2.

But two groundouts ended the game.

Oak Ridge’s Jonathan Brent went the distance on the mound for the Wildcats. “He threw alright,” Pharr said about Oak Ridge’s big sophomore pitcher.

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Ty Nelson homered while Curtis Powell, Barton Ivy, Ramsey, Zach Allen doubled and Chip Eskew hit two doubles to lead the scoring barrage, highlighted by 12 runs in the fourth to force the mercy rule.

Bryan Powell got the win on the mound in a five-inning complete game effort.

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The Admirals defeated Sevier County 11-4 Wednesday, April 26, at SCHS behind five home runs. Ivy and Nelson had two apiece and Allen contributed the other.

 

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