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Diamond Ads survive at Halls 1-0, move on to Friday sectional


Winning with the bare minimum offense, and countering a sixth-inning error with a pair of clutch defensive plays to prevent a run, the Farragut Admirals survived into sectional play.

The Ads traveled to Halls and beat the District 3-AAA tourney champ Red Devils 1-0 behind staff ace pitcher Rob Catapano’s seven-hit, nine strikeout complete game.


Catapano’s effort comes five days after a nine-inning complete game victory in another do-or-die situation with the season on the line, beating South-Doyle 4-2 in the District 4-AAA semifinals May 10 at SDHS.

The Diamond Ads improved its overall record to 25-14-1 heading to the region title game Wednesday, May 17 (after press deadline).

District 3-AAA tourney runner--up Karns (27-11 record) upset 4-AAA tourney champ Bearden 6-3 Monday at BHS (see related story, beginning on page 15A). Farragut hosted the Beavers Wednesday.

Both teams are assured of a sectional game Friday, with the winner hosting Region 1-AAA’s runner-up and the loser traveling to the Region 1-AAA champion.

FHS 1 HALLS 0

A pair of young sticks followed up a one-out Halls error that allowed Ty Nelson to reach base.

The FHS outfielder stole second, went to third on a single by freshman Cade Stallings, then scored on another infield error off the bat of Joey Delmonico, a sophomore. Farragut ended with only two hits, Chip Eskew having the other, as UT signee Jeff Lockwood went the distance while striking out 11. Halls ends with a 24-10 record.

Catapano set down the Red Devils in order in the seventh with three strikeouts.

It looked like an error by Stallings at third base to begin the Halls sixth-inning would be costly, but the freshman made up for his mistake.

A double into left field was cut off by left fielder Eskew and relayed to Stallings, whose strike to catcher Zach Allen at home plate nailed the runner. Nelson then made a diving catch in right field to keep Halls scoreless.

FHS 4 SOUTH-DOYLE 2

Eskew homered in the first to get the Ads going and Catapano did the rest, allowing only five hits while striking out 12 in nine innings.

“I was feeling good,” Catapano said. “I guess it was the adrenaline of the big game and I didn’t want it to be my last high school start and I didn’t want to lose. I told coach that I wasn’t going to come out until the game was over.”

 

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