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Ads stung by errors in WBHS tourney loss


One key element to Farragut baseball success is attitude: Taking personal responsibility. Enter senior first baseman Perry Griffin — an emerging contributor to the Admiral attack this season — after an 8-3 loss to William Blount during second round play at the District 4-AAA tournament.

Despite six team errors and only one run scored the final six innings, “There’s really no excuse for the way I played,” Griffin said after the Sunday, May 6 game at FHS’s John Heatherly Field. “I take a lot of that blame ’cause I think my play kinda let some guys down. I mean, normally, I try to give off energy so other guys can feed off of me. It just wasn’t there tonight.

“I just need to pick my head up and come back out next time and give all I can.”

Five of those errors — plus sub-par pitching according to FHS head coach Tommy Pharr — were not Perry’s doing.

“We’ve got to be able to pitch better, we’ve not been able to throw a breaking ball very well,” Pharr said, as the Govs erased a 2-0 Admiral lead with four runs in the top of the second helped by three FHS errors, including a dropped pop-up. “Heck, we just made errors — it wasn’t like they were tough chances.”

The No. 2 tourney seed, Farragut’s season was shockingly ended Monday, May 7, in a 2-1 loss to No. 8-seed Lenoir City in the tourney loser’s bracket at South-Doyle. The Admirals end with a 28-11 record. (See related story beginning on page 15).

As for individual efforts Sunday, “Cade’s hitting the ball — that’s about the only kernel of goodness in this game,” Pharr said about FHS sophomore third baseman Cade Stallings. “He’s swinging it. He’s about the only one.”

Stallings connected for two doubles and a single Sunday. The sophomore slugger provided two of the Ads’ three RBIs, scoring Matt Ramsey twice — both times after Ramsey singles.

No. 3-seed William Blount — improving to 25-11 after the victory before losing 2-0 to top-seed South-Doyle in the winners’ bracket Monday — out-hit Farragut 11-9. With limited defensive help, losing pitcher Ramsey, the starter, and reliever Chris Hatfield were roughed up.

The Govs smacked three hits for one run in the fourth inning, then added three insurance runs on three hits — including a double and triple — in the seventh.

Farragut threatened to blow the issue wide open in the bottom of the first. After the first Ramsey-Stallings run connection, singles from Michael Williams and Joey Delmonico followed to load the bases. Mac Thoreson’s RBI, on a walk, made it 2-0. But Farragut left the bases loaded to end the inning.

Delmonico finished with two hits, while Thoreson tripled.

Coming off a four-double performance against Sevier County in a 13-5 opening round tourney win May 4 at FHS, sophomore shortstop Curt Powell added a single Sunday.

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Going the distance, winning pitcher Jordan Cooper had 10 strikeouts and no walks while allowing six hits.

Senior second baseman Barton Ivy smacked three doubles, driving in three runs, while Zach Allen added two hits. Stallings homered.

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In a win against McCallie —- at FHS, junior catcher Matt Williams two hits and two RBIs, including a solo home run. Stallings doubled.

Thoreson, the starter, and relievers Hunter Newby and Shane Glarrow combined to allow nine hits.

Thrashing Halls 14-1 in five innings, Farragut’s 12-hit attack was led by Stallings 4-of-4 performance, including two doubles, while Ramsey was 3-of-4. Delmonico had two hits while Powell and Williams doubled, and Ivy singled.

Pitchers Ramsey and Cooper combined to allow just four hits.

 

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