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Hatfield keys FHS baseball ‘Calia’ wins


It’s not every day that a pitcher can pick up two wins. For Farragut right-hander Chris Hatfield, the opportunity came and he didn’t pass it up.

After earning the 4-3 victory in the early game against Karns in relief, the junior started and went the distance in a five-inning 12-0 win against West in the next game of the annual Kevin Calia Classic Saturday, April 21, in Oak Ridge.


Against KHS, Hatfield came on in relief of sophomore Mac Thoreson in the sixth inning with one-out, bases loaded and a 3-1 lead. After walking in a run on the first batter faced and a sacrifice fly from the next hitter, the game was tied 3-3. After a grounder ended the inning, Hatfield went three up-three down in the seventh.

In the bottom of the inning, senior second baseman Barton Ivy got on base with a single. After advancing to second base on a wild pitch, Ivy scored the game-winning run on an RBI single from Joey Delmonico.

“We struggled a little bit, but we got the big hit at the end,” Farragut head coach Tommy Pharr said. “It was just good to win.”

Immediately following the win, the Admirals (22-9 overall record entering the week) took on West. From the beginning it was all Farragut as the Admirals scored four in the first inning.

Sophomore shortstop Curt Powell led-off the game with a double. Junior Matt Ramsey followed with a single then stole second to give FHS runners on second and third with no outs.

Powell scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch and Ramsey moved to third and scored on another wild pitch.

Ivy drew a walk and moved to third base on a single from Delmonico. Ivy scored on a double from Michael Williams and a walk from sophomore Blake Hayes forced the bases loaded. Hatfield drew a walk and Delmonico scored to put the Admirals up 4-0 after one.

A two-run single from Williams in the second inning put the Admirals up 6-0. Junior Matt Sayers scored on a Powell sacrifice grounder to give Farragut a 7-0 lead after three.

Hatfield drove a double off the centerfield wall to put the Admirals up 8-0.

“I’m not going to lie, I thought it was gone,” said Hatfield, who went 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs batted in. “I don’t get to hit too much but I was glad I got to get up there and swing.”

After loading the bases, Ramsey was hit by a pitch to bring in the ninth run. A wild pitch brought Hatfield across the plate and a two-run single from Ivy gave Farragut a 12-0 lead after five.

Hatfield kept the Rebels in check all night by scattering four hits while striking out four in five innings.

“It’s pretty exciting, we played really well all day,” Hatfield said. “I think actually throwing the first game helped me loosen up to throw in the second game.”

The Admirals finished the West game with 12 hits.

“We were hitting the ball,” Hatfield said. “Even in the first game we didn’t score too much but we were still hitting the ball hard.”

After FHS won seven games in six days this week, Hatfield feels that the team is right where it needs to be as the season is winding down.

“Coach [Pharr] has been talking about getting better each day and we have been doing that,” Hatfield said. “Since the first game we have gotten better every day defensively, hitting and pitching. We have been doing really well and we want to keep it going through the postseason.”

FHS 8 OAK RIDGE 4

The Admirals beat Oak Ridge 8-4 in the tournament Friday, April 20. Jordan Pleasant got the win on the mound, giving up five hits over five innings. Stallings was 3-for-4 with two doubles. Powell and Delmonico added two singles each and Ivy had a double.

FHS 10 POWELL 3

The Admirals opened the Kevin Calia tournament with a 10-3 win against Powell Thursday, April 19. Hunter Newby got the win on the mound. Powell was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Stallings was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Ramsey, Ivy and Delmonico added doubles for an FHS team that had 15 base hits.

FHS 8 HERITAGE 0

Farragut beat Heritage 8-0 on the road Wednesday, April 17. Jordan Cooper pitched the complete game, striking out 10 while scattering only three hits. Perry Griffin hit a three-run home run. Stallings drove in three runs and Delmonico had an RBI double.

FHS 7 WILLIAM BLOUNT 3

Farragut got a solid pitching effort from Ramsey to beat William Blount 7-3 Tuesday, April 17, on the road. Ramsey pitched 6 2/3 innings, striking out nine while scattering three hits before being relieved by Shane Glarrow for the final out of the game.

Powell was 3-for-4 at the plate with 3 RBIs. Ramsey helped himself with a two-run single in the second. Hayes and Ivy also had run-scoring singles.

FHS 7 SEVIER COUNTY 6

The Ads opened the week with a 7-6 win at home Monday, April 16, against Sevier County.

Mac Thoreson got the win in a six-inning effort. Cade Stallings hit a three run homer in the sixth to give Farragut the lead.

 

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