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‘Turn Back,’ look ahead
Ads look to recover from two-loss week into post-season

It was a moment last week similar to what the New England Patriots and Memphis Tigers had to deal with in two different sports during the past year — finally losing after a long run of victories.The Farragut Admirals baseball team had its perfect season, 27 straight wins, ended at William Blount Wednesday, April 24, 3-2.

“Oh, man, it was a huge disappointment,” junior third baseman Cade Stallings said one night later following a 13-3 drubbing of Oak Ridge in the annual Turn Back the Clock Night at FHS. “That could be the best thing for this ball team, knowing that there’s no pressure now. We’re just going to go out and play, and hopefully that’s the only loss we have.”

Pigeon Forge ended that hope one day later, beating the Ads 5-3 at FHS’s John Heatherly Field.

Farragut did get back on track in the second of two games Friday, April 25, clocking perennial power Science Hill 12-2.

The Admirals, 30-2, having sewn up the top seed in this week’s District 4-AAA Tournament at 12-1, will host first-round play against the No. 8 seed, with seeds Nos. 4 and 5 also in Farragut’s foursome.


Up 1-0 in the second inning, the Delmonico brothers went to work on “Turn Back” night. Joey Delmonico smacked a solo home run, then following Curt Powell’s single, Nicky Delmonico’s RBI double made it 3-0.

Mac Thoreson, starting pitcher who picked up the win, connected on a third inning double after a Michael Williams single. Matt Ramsey’s sacrifice fly scored Williams, then Joey Delmonico’s RBI single upped the lead to 5-1.

Blake Hayes began a five-run FHS fourth inning with a single. After a hit batter, an error and a walk forcing in two runs, Thoreson’s RBI single made it 8-1.

Ethan Bennett’s infield hit increased the lead to 9-1, then Hayes made it 10-1 by drawing a walk. Stallings and Thoreson added fifth innings RBI singles making it 12-3. Bennett ended the game (10-run rule) with a single to left field on an 0-2 pitch. Williams and Ramsey also singled in the fifth.

First inning singles from Powell and Stallings came before Williams’ RBI single making it 1-0.

Ramsey, a UT signee, admits he’s having an up-and-down season with the bat. To become more consistent, “Pretty much waiting on the ball … stay back and stay through it,” he said.

Ramsey praised his teammates. “We’re playing great as a team right now. It just feels great that everybody’s working together and staying on top of thing and we’re just really stroking it as a team.”


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