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2nd in SportsBelle
Farragut cooled off by Oakland in finals of 20-team tourney

After swinging the bats well all week long, the Farragut Admirals were held to six hits in a 7-1 loss to Murfreesboro Oakland High School in the SportsBelle Classic Championship game Saturday, April 7, at UT’s Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Oakland’s Phillip Parsley had four doubles and four RBIs to lead the Patriots to its second victory against Farragut this season. Last week, Oakland beat the Admirals 6-2 in the Warrior Classic in Murfreesboro.

The Admirals got its only run in the sixth inning on a Jordan Pleasant RBI infield single.

“I felt we played really good,” sophomore Cade Stalling said. “I think the cold weather had something to do with it tonight. Both teams were down on pitching and we hit the balls right to them and you can’t help that.”

Sophomore Sam Thomas got the start for the Admirals but didn’t make it out of the first inning after walking two, allowing an RBI single and hitting a batter without recording an out. He was relieved by junior Ryan Burnett, who got the Admirals out the inning trailing only 3-0.

Despite the loss, FHS head coach Tommy Pharr feels his team had a solid weekend of baseball. “We had a good weekend of baseball,” Pharr said. “We were out of pitching but we hit the ball pretty well all weekend.”

Earlier in the day, the Admirals beat Goodpasture 11-0 in the semifinals. Junior Chris Hatfield threw a five-inning six-hitter and the offense backed him up.

“We swung it well, played well defensively and pitched well throughout the tournament,” Pharr said. “It’s been a good weekend and we played well during the week so hopefully we are getting better and that is what we want to do.”

After a scoreless first inning, the Admirals got on the board in the second with an RBI double from senior Barton Ivy. An RBI single from senior Perry Griffin three batters later gave Farragut a 2-0 lead. Junior Matt Ramsey added a two-run single later in the inning to give Farragut a 4-0 lead after two.

The Admirals continued to swing the bats well as Stallings led off the fourth-inning with a home run to get another Farragut rally started.

“That ball looks huge up there,” said Stallings, who has six home runs on the year. “Just like a big beach ball floating in there for me to hit.”

Griffin drove in two more runs with a single and Matt Ramsey hit a sacrifice fly to give the Admirals an 8-0 lead after three.

In the fourth inning, the Ads put three more runs on the board after a Zach Allen two-run double and a Griffin RBI double.

“It was fun and I feel like we really got a lot better,” Griffin said. “We started swinging the bats well this weekend and hopefully we will go into our district games swinging the bats.”

On Friday, April 6, FHS beat Rossview 19-8 at home. Pleasant was the winning pitcher. Allen hit a home run and doubled twice to lead the offense. Stallings also added a home run.

The Admirals kicked off the tournament with two wins Thursday, April 5. In the early game, Farragut defeated Morristown East 15-5 and beat Germantown 9-5 in the late game.

Overall Pharr was pleased with how the tournament turned out.

“There were good teams from all over,” he said. “We were just lucky with kind of the way things fell that we were in [the championship] but I think we have a good tournament and I think people enjoy coming over and playing in it.”


The Admirals defeated Lenoir City 11-3 Monday, April 2, at home. Mac Thoreson got the win in a complete game effort. Joey Delmonico and Stallings hit doubles for the Admirals.

Curt Powell and Michael Williams hit two singles each, while and Thoreson and Ivy each added singles as well.


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