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Title treks out of state
Frosh shine, Ads nip BGA for ‘Sunshine’ title in Florida


Philip Pfeifer is only a freshman, but youth didn’t stop the Farragut standout southpaw pitcher from earning special honors out-of-state.

Pfeifer picked up two wins in helping lead the Admirals to the Sunshine Classic championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last week — one coming in relief during the championship game.

The freshman earned Most Valuable Pitcher honors among a 12-team field from eight states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


“Phil Pfeifer pitched well,” said FHS head coach Tommy Pharr, whose team went 4-0 in Florida and entered the week 7-0 overall.

Pfeifer was hardly the only shining Admiral.

Michael Williams, FHS senior catcher, earned overall MVP honors, while Matt “Hammer” Ramsey, senior pitcher/outfielder, fired five innings of no-hit ball to beat Charlotte Christian (N.C.) 11-0 in the semifinals Wednesday, March 19.

Joining Pfeifer, Williams and Ramsey on the All-tournament team was Farragut senior shortstop Curt Powell, who drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth of the championship game.

The Admirals edged Battle Ground Academy 5-4 in the title game Thursday, March 20, as freshman second baseman Nicky Delmonico scored the winning run after starting the sixth win a drag bunt single.

After what Pharr labeled “a good sacrifice bunt” by senior Matt Sayers, sophomore Ethan Bennett singled to put runners on the corners for Powell.

Overall, “We played well,” Pharr said, though he added, “A couple of the teams weren’t great, great.”

Farragut began with a 13-2 win Monday, March 17, versus Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Pfeifer allowed no runs, no hits and no walks while striking out five in four innings of work.

Williams’ solo home run, two singles from Cade Stallings and a Bennett double highlighted the FHS offense.

Farragut won its three-team pool after an 11-3 victory against Northview (Dothan, Ala.), Tuesday, March 18.

Winning pitcher Hunter Newby had five strikeouts while allowing one hit and one earned run in four-plus innings. Reliever Chris Hatfield struck out five with no walks despite giving up two earned runs.

Offensively, Mac Thoreson smacked a three-run homer plus a pair of doubles.

Sayers added two hits, including a double, with Delmonico connecting for two singles and Bennett a double.

In Ramsey’s no-hit, 11-0 romp of Charlotte Christian, the senior UT signee added six strikeouts in five innings.

Reliever Shane Glarrow preserved the no-hitter with two strikeouts in the sixth.

Ramsey also led the way offensively with three hits, including a two-run homer. Williams added two hits, including a double, while Thoreson also had two hits.

Jordan Cooper and Sayers each laced doubles, while Stallings and Blake Hayes added one single apiece.

Pfeifer relieved in the fifth inning against BGA, allowing two hits and no walks with four strikeouts.

Cooper started and worked into the fifth inning, giving up no earned runs, three hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Ramsey smacked a solo home run, while Williams and Delmonico each had two hits.

Thoreson added a double, while Sayers singled.

 

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