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Holland is roughed, Ads roll
FHS, Bearden met May 9 in tourney as unbeatens

From the first pitch of the game things were going Farragut’s way as the No. 4 seeded Ads cruised to a 12-1 win over No. 1 South-Doyle Monday, May 8, in the District 4-AAA Tournament at SDHS.

Farragut leadoff batter Curtis Powell drove the first pitch he saw from Cherokee staff ace Ryan Holland into the left-center gap for a double. After walking the next batter, Holland experienced back pain that forced the trainer to go out and give it a look. He stayed in the game but it was clear he wasn’t 100 percent.

“Holland’s back stiffened up on him and he struggled a little bit,” FHS head coach Tommy Pharr said. “We took advantage of that.”

Holland walked the next hitter, which loaded the bases. A hit-by-pitch brought in Farragut’s first run. Cade Stallings brought in the next run by grounding into a double play.

Farragut pitcher Bryan Powell kept South- Doyle off balance all night long, going the complete five innings while only allowing three hits. “Bryan threw really well,” Pharr said. “He changed speeds well and kept the ball down and did a real good job.”

The Admirals scored two more runs in the second inning when Curtis Powell drove in Joey Delmonico with a double and Chip Eskew added an RBI single.

“I was sitting on fastball and he threw it right where I wanted it,” Curtis Powell said.

Farragut took advantage of two South Doyle errors in the third inning on its way to scoring three more runs. Delmonico had an RBI single, then following a Curtis Powell single and a Barton Ivy walk, the bases were loaded for Eskew, who was hit by a pitch allowing another run to score.

South-Doyle brought Zach Nash to the mound in the fourth, but the Admirals didn’t miss a beat.

After Matt Ramsey drove in a run with a fielder’s choice groundball, Eskew added a three-RBI double to make the score 12-1 heading into the fifth.

“We are playing really good right now,” Curtis Powell said. “Hopefully it’s going to last in the district and into the region and hopefully the state.”

“I was hitting my spots with my fastball and change-up,” Bryan Powell said. “My curveball wasn’t working out great but I just made them hit it and they hit right at us basically.”

“Bryan pitched really well and kept us in the ballgame,” Curtis Powell said.

The Ads advanced to play No. 3-seed Bearden Tuesday, May 8, (after press deadline). The winner advanced to today’s (Thursday’s) championship round at 4 p.m. versus a loser’s bracket survivor, with a second-game if necessary.


Winning pitcher Catapano went the distance, firing a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts in a first-round game at SDHS Saturday, May 6.

Farragut’s scoring started after Chip Eskew’s first-inning double was followed with an RBI single from Ty Nelson. Following Joey Delmonico’s fifth-inning single, pinch-runner Zach Allen stole second and scored on Ivy’s RBI single.


Five pitchers contributed a minimum of one inning as the Admirals closed out its regular season in Chattanooga.

Catapano, Lawson Cheek, Bryan Powell, Michael Joseph and Ramsey combined to allowed eight hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Ivy smacked a two-run homer in the second-inning. Allen followed with a solo homer. Bryan Powell had an RBI single in the fifth, while Curtis Powell scored two runs.


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