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Defending state champs taken out
No. 8-seed Lenoir City shocks FHS 2-1, ending Admiral season in 3 tourney games

For the first time in his high school baseball career, Farragut senior Barton Ivy won’t be going to the state tournament.

The No. 2-seed Admirals were ousted from postseason play after a 2-1 loss at the hands of No. 8-seed Lenoir City in the District 4-AAA Tournament, Monday, May 7, at South-Doyle High School. Farragut ends 2007 with a 28-11 record.

“It’s just extremely disappointing,” said Ivy, a standout second baseman. “We went on a tear for fourteen or fifteen games, and then the last two games just didn’t cut it.”

After a loss to William Blount sent the Admirals to the loser’s bracket, Farragut ran into a red-hot Panthers team that ended Bearden’s season the day prior.

Behind juniors Skylar Kinsey and Justin Kinsey, Lenoir City had all it needed to come out with the win. Skylar Kinsey pitched 6 1/3 innings of one run, four-hit ball.

“We just didn’t play very well and we got beat,” FHS head coach Tommy Pharr said. “You’ve got to be ready to play every night and we haven’t been ready the past two nights, so that’s the way it works.”

Justin Kinsey’s two-run home run over the wall in left-center came in the fourth inning.

The Admirals got one run in the bottom of the sixth on a Mac Thoreson infield single.

Farragut had an opportunity to score in the seventh when Curt Powell doubled to center with one out, but the final two batters were retired on fly balls.

“We couldn’t answer back,” Ivy said. “We popped everything up and couldn’t get anything done.”

Farragut never could get in an offensive groove, as 13 of their 21 outs were fly balls. “We couldn’t hit that guy,” Pharr said about Skylar Kinsey. “He wore us out.

“What matters is the post-season, and it’s just very disappointing to not do any better than we did right there,” Pharr added. “It’s a learning experience and hopefully our younger guys will learn and we will see what happens next year.”

Admiral junior Hunter Newby pitched a complete game, scattering five hits while striking out six. “He threw a good ballgame,” Pharr said. “He gave up the two-run homer, and he pitched really well besides that.”

Aside from the loss, Pharr was pleased with the leadership he received throughout the season from his four seniors: Ivy, Perry Griffin, Stephen Guerrette and Jordan Pleasant.

“We’ve got a good group of seniors,” Pharr said. “They are just good kids, good leaders and they will be successful in life. I don’t have any doubt about that and I look forward to seeing what they do in the future.”

Despite the disappointing finish, Ivy said, “It’s been fun getting to go to the state tournament three years out of four. I really enjoyed it.”


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