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After being forced into a second game in the District 4-AAA championship, it was all business for the Farragut Admirals baseball team as they beat the Bearden Bulldogs 11-1, Wednesday, May 7, at FHS’s at John Heatherly Field.

For the second time in a week, Admirals lefty Jordan Cooper gave the Bulldogs problems.

Cooper struck out all three batters he faced in relief during Monday’s meeting between these two teams, and two days later the junior pitched six innings, striking out nine and scattered five hits while allowing one earned run.

“[Cooper] pitched really good,” Farragut head coach Tommy Pharr said. “He was able to throw some off-speed pitches, located well and kind of held them in check.”

Coming into this game, Cooper’s main priority was to go right after the Bearden hitters.

“I felt like if I threw strikes I was going to get the job done,” Cooper said. “I don’t want to try and get behind in the count or they are going to rope the ball into right-center, so I just go out there and get every batter as quick as I can.”

The Admirals scored first on a Mac Thoreson sacrifice fly in the first inning.

“They are tough,” Bearden head coach Matt Buckner said about FHS. “Tommy runs a first-class program and does a good job with his guys, but I am very proud of our guys and the way they competed.”

After moving to the clean-up spot in this game, Matt Ramsey hit a three-run homer in the third to increase the Admirals lead 4-0.

“He swung it well [in the first game] the last two balls he hit he squared them up pretty well,” Pharr said. “It looked like he was swinging it good so we decided to change it up a little bit.”

The Admirals got three more runs in the fourth as Curt Powell’s RBI-double, Nicky Delmonico’s sacrifice fly and Cade Stallings’ sacrifice grounder made it 7-0.

“It’s good to see,” Pharr said about the offensive production. “[Ramsey] and some of the other guys swung it really good early on [in the season] then we went into a little bit of a funk so hopefully we are coming out of that.”

Bearden got its only run of the game on a Jonathan Byrd sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Ramsey’s RBI double increased the lead to 8-1. Two batters later, Michael Williams drove in a run with a single.

A bases-loaded single by Matt Sayers made the score 10-1 before Blake Hayes ended it with a RBI single.

“Even though we lost we never believed that we couldn’t win,” Buckner said. “I give our guys credit. They competed all day and I told them after the game that that is the mark of a great ballclub.”


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