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Despite Independence setback, Admirals second in Scenic City Classic

From dominance to first defeat — such was Farragut baseball’s week capped off at the annual Scenic City Classic in Chattanooga last weekend.

Three dominant Classic victories — plus two other one-sided wins last week — led the unbeaten Admirals into its showdown versus Indepen-dence Saturday evening, March 21.

But the Middle Tennessee-based school used excellent pitching and late-game offense to whip FHS 8-2. The Admirals dropped to 7-1.

“We just got beat, they played really well,” FHS head coach Tommy Pharr said. “They’ve got a good ballclub. Probably one of the better teams in the mid-state. We didn’t play bad, they just beat us. … they just made all the plays. They swung the bats a little bit.

“Mac [Thoreson] pitched really well for five innings,” Pharr added about the senior allowing just one earned run. “We subbed pitchers and made some errors, allowed them to score some runs. … We didn’t swing it well enough to win.”

Steven Weaver’s RBI double was Farragut’s lone extra-base hit.

“The thing about baseball is you play so much, heck, you’re going to get beat,” Pharr said. “It’s not like some sports, I think, where if you’re better you win.

“But we had a good weekend of baseball.”

Thoreson contributed big in three of Farragut’s five wins last week.

The winning pitcher in a 10-0 victory against Battle Ground Academy Monday, March 16, in Nashville, Thoreson led the offensive charge in Farragut’s 10-1 Classic victory against Riverdale, Friday, March 20: slamming two home runs plus a double.

“He swung it well, Mac’s a good player,” Pharr said. “He’s starting to get going a little bit. … He’s hit for us for three years now and he’s having a good year so far. And he’s obviously one of our best pitchers.”

“The more we play the better I feel like we’re going to get,” Pharr added.

Second baseman Nicky Delmonico and Weaver each tripled versus BGA, while shortstop Curt Powell, third baseman Cade Stallings and Ryan Montalbano each doubled.

Junior pitcher Nick Williams allowed a first-inning run versus Riverdale then shut the door in a complete game win. “He pitched really well, did a nice job,” Pharr said. “And Riverdale’s a real good hitting team.”

Shortstop Curt Powell homered while third baseman Cade Stallings doubled.

Ethan Bennett, FHS junior catcher, homered in the Admirals’ 5-0 win against Brentwood March 20. “Ethan’s playing really good for us, catching really well,” Pharr said. “I think he’s thrown out just about everybody that’s tried to steal against us. He’s only going to get better. We’re pleased with him. He’s an awesome kid.”

Powell added a double for Farragut.

Jordan Cooper, senior southpaw, pitched five innings of shutout ball in his start against Brentwood. Thoreson and senior Ryan Littman worked the final two innings of relief.

Generally pleased with his team’s pitching through eight games, Pharr was quick to defend sophomore southpaw starter Philip Pfeifer in an 11-5 win against Baylor Thursday, March 19, saying Pfeifer was effective until FHS relievers were touched up late.

Offensively, Bennett had a double.

Junior pitcher Logan Hess took the mound in his first-ever varsity start against McCallie March 19 — and came out a winner, 12-2. “Logan did a good job against McCallie,” Pharr said about Hess’ five innings of work. “That was probably his first, that I can remember, varsity experience.”

Stallings homered against McCallie, while Delmonico, Thoresen and Stallings all doubled.


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