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Farragut remains unbeaten at week’s start with three convincing victories

The pitching was Grade A, but Farragut’s offense was Grade A-plus last week in three five-inning routs to keep the Diamond Admirals red-hot.

Victories against Homestead, Ind., 11-1 and South-Doyle 11-0 at home plus a 15-4 drubbing of McMinn Central on the road improved the FHS record to 15-0 overall, 5-0 in District 4-AAA, entering the week.

Against Homestead Tuesday, April 1, during that school’s spring break trip to East Tennessee, the Admirals had another pitcher step up.

“Chris Hatfield pitched and did a real good job,” FHS head coach Tommy Pharr said about the senior starter, who allowed just two hits with six strikeouts in five innings. He walked three.

Offensively, Cade Stallings had three hits, two of them doubles, while Matt “Hammer” Ramsey’s three hits included a home run.

“Matt Ramsey and Cade Stallings both have been struggling a little bit at the plate,” Pharr said. “They’ve started hitting the ball again, which is obviously a plus for us.”

Blake Hayes made both his hits count with a home run and double driving in six runs. Joey Delmonico added two hits. Curt Powell and Matt Sayers each stroked one hit.

Freshman pitcher Philip Pfeifer shut down SDHS Wednesday, April 2, allowing only two hits and one walk with six strikeouts. “Philip pitched well,” Pharr said. “We swung the bats well. Just a solid win all the way around.”

Mac Thoreson belted a home run plus two doubles, while Stallings and Powell each homered. Michael Williams, Ramsey, Delmonico and Hayes each had one hit.

Farragut’s trip to Englewood Saturday, April 5, against McMinn Central featured even more offensive production. “I was just glad we got to play Saturday,” Pharr said in reference to recent game postponements due to rain.

Stallings led the way with four hits, including a double, and three RBI. Nicky Delmonico had three hits, including a double.

Powell’s three hits included one triple, while Ramsey’s pair of hits produced three RBI. Williams and Thoreson each added two hits.

Zach Allen’s double brought home a run while Joey Delmonico stroked a double. Trip Keeton and Eric Bigeral added RBIs.

Winning pitcher Jordan Cooper allowed two earned runs while striking out seven.

The Admirals’ originally scheduled game versus Murfreesboro Oakland, set for Saturday, April 5, was postponed due to rain/wet grounds and will not be made up.

Pharr said there are no plans to reschedule a game versus Oak Ridge that was scheduled for Sunday, April 6, at FHS.

Farragut will host ORHS for the schools’ annual “Throwback The Clock” game Thursday, April 24 (gametime not announced).


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