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Clutch hit leads Ads past Halls for region title

The Farragut Admirals captured the Region 2-AAA crown with a 7-5 win over the Halls Red Devils Wednesday, May 14, at FHS’s John Heatherly Field.

“We like to play at home,” Farragut head coach Tommy Pharr said. “It doesn’t guarantee you are going to win or anything, but we like being here at our field. You don’t have to travel and that makes it a lot easier.”

Farragut starter Chris Hatfield lasted only 1 1/3 innings before handing the ball over to junior lefty Jordan Cooper trailing 4-2 with runners on first and third.

Cooper finished the inning with a strikeout and fly-out to right to keep Halls’ lead in check.

“I just went out there knowing that we get to play at home on Friday [Sectional, see related story on this page] and I couldn’t let us lose,” Cooper said. “I was going to go out there and get it done.”

Cooper finished the game with 12 strikeouts, one walk and only one hit, a solo home run to Austin Noe in the fourth inning.

“I felt pretty good and my fastball was working,” Cooper said. “When my fastball is working it’s always going to be a good outing.”

Farragut took an early lead on a two-run home run by Michael Williams in the first inning. The senior busted out of a late season slump by driving in three runs and going 3-for-3 on the night.

“He hung me a curveball and I jumped all over it,” Williams said. “It’s huge to get out of that slump finally.”

Williams added a double down the left field line in the fourth inning and hit an RBI single to tie the game 5-5 in the fifth.

Farragut took the lead for good in the sixth on a two-RBI triple off the bat of Curt Powell, District 4-AAA MVP. The Ads got two runs in the fourth on an RBI double from Mac Thoreson, then Matt Sayers’ sacrifice fly made it 5-4.

“Last year we lost in districts so this year we wanted to come back and our goal was to win state and so far we are doing it right now,” Williams said.


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