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Defending state champ Ads brace for 2nd half of season, lose at SDHS


The Farragut Admirals couldn’t muster enough offense against one the area’s best pitchers and came out with a 3-2 loss at South-Doyle Monday, April 9.

Senior left-hander Chad Bell threw a five-hitter to pave the way for a Cherokees’ win.

The University of Memphis signee struck out five while walking one to improve his season record to 7-0.

“He throws the ball hard, but he knows how to pitch and that is probably his biggest thing,” Farragut head coach Tommy Pharr said. “He changes speeds well, competes well and he is a pretty talented kid.”

The Admirals took an early first-inning lead when Bell surrendered a leadoff walk to Curt Powell. Junior Matt Ramsey followed with a single to put two runners on base with no outs.

A Michael Williams fielder’s choice brought Powell across the plate and a single by Mac Thoreson drove Ramsey in to give Farragut a 2-0 lead.

South-Doyle answered back in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own with RBI singles by Bryce Brentz and Chad Bell.

The Cherokees got their third run on a sacrifice fly by Eric Conley in the third inning.

“We had a chance to win and I thought we played pretty well obviously they are the best team in our district right now,” Pharr said. “We made a couple errors that I felt like hurt us but all in all we pitched well and I thought we competed at the plate well. So all in all it was a pretty decent game.”

Thoreson was the losing pitcher for the Admirals, as he went the complete game.

After the light week last week because of the rainout at William Blount, the Admirals should be rested for an action packed week this week.

“It’s hard to tell how things will pan out,” Pharr said about having a week layoff between games. “I think a lot of people have been off due to the weather, so mostly we have a big week of baseball this week and we play every day. So we will get back on track hopefully.”

The Admirals open the week by hosting Sevier County Monday, April 16 (after press deadline). The William Blount game was rescheduled Tuesday, April 17 at WBHS.

Farragut traveled to Heritage April 18, and Oak Ridge for the annual Kevin Calia Tournament Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21.

 

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