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Bearden trips up Farragut

Bearden took out all of its frustration on Farragut as the Bulldogs beat the Admirals 6-5 to force a game two in the District 4-AAA championship, Wednesday, May, 7, at FHS’s John Heatherly Field.

After having lost to Farragut three times this season, the Bulldogs wanted to make sure they came to the plate more prepared in this game than in previous.

“We did a lot better job at the plate,” Bearden head coach Matt Buckner said. “The guys were focused up pretty good.”

The Ads sent freshman Philip Pfeifer, District 4-AAA Pitcher of the Year, to the mound. Pfeifer pitched against BHS April 21 and struck out 12 as FHS won 10-4.

“Pfeifer wore us out last time,” Buckner said. “We just came out with a little better approach today at the plate.”

Matthew Scruggs doubled in the first inning and scored the game’s first run on a throwing error on a steal attempt to third base in the first inning. Cade Stallings responded in the bottom half of the inning with a RBI-double.

Dawson Halliday hit a two-run double to give BHS a 3-1 lead in the second, but a sacrifice fly by Matt Sayers in the bottom of the inning tightened the deficit 3-2.

The Bulldogs got three runs in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Jonathan Byrd and a two-run homer from Bryant Walker.

Powell hit an RBI-single in the bottom of the inning and Nicky Delmonico hit a sacrifice grounder to make it 6-4. The Admirals got their final run of the game in the sixth as Mac Thoreson doubled, advanced to third on a Sayers single and scored on a wild pitch.

Farragut head coach Tommy Pharr said, “I felt like from the third inning in that game we competed well and played pretty well and took a little momentum into that last game.”

Bearden’s Andy Fennell picked up the win with six innings of work before being relieved by Josh Hullett. After walking Nicky Delmonico and giving up a single to Cade Stallings to put two runners on base with no outs, the southpaw got the final three outs to preserve the win.

“Andy was good and he didn’t give into anybody,” Buckner said. “Josh came in in a pretty tough spot and was able to get them out so he did a good job for us. I am proud of those guys.”


The Bulldogs beat Maryville 4-2 in the 4-AAA loser bracket semifinals Tuesday, May, 6, to stay alive.

Hunter Daniel got the win on the mound and Scruggs homered to lead the offense. Byrd and Garrett Copeland added doubles.


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