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Farragut doubles up on Diamond ’Dawgs
Baseball Ads grab two wins at rain-shortened Warrior Classic

The season’s first Bearden versus Farragut baseball showdown — also dubbed Curt Powell-Garrett Copeland Slugfest 2009 — went the way of the defending Class AAA state champs.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition,, behind two home runs and a triple with four RBI from Powell, senior All-state shortstop, the Ads pulled away late and whipped the Bulldogs 10-4 Tuesday, March 24, at Farragut’s John Heatherly Field.

“That was a great game; if it hadn’t been for [Powell] we’d got our butts beat,” said FHS head coach Tommy Pharr, whose Ads now stand at 11-2 overall, 4-0 in District 4-AAA.

Farragut added two wins in three tries at the Warrior Classic in Murfreesboro, beating University School of Jackson 6-2 Friday, March 27, losing later that day to Collierville 5-3 before winning a wild 14-13 decision versus Bartlett Saturday, March 28. Bearden, entering the week 11-4 overall, 3-2 in 4-AAA, also won twice in three games at the Warrior Classic. (See BHS story).


Powell, who added a stellar defensive stop in the hole and throw-out to begin the seventh inning, said his team “started off a little slow, but we pulled together.”

The standout shortstop continued a hot stick one night after going 4-of-4 (two doubles, one home run) in the Ads’ 11-2 victory at William Blount. More details on that game throughout this story.

Bearden made life hard on FHS pitching with 10 hits, four from senior standout pitcher/outfielder Copeland, including a double. “[Jordan] Cooper and Mac [Thoreson] are good pitchers, we did well to hit ’em and stick with ’em,” Copeland said. “We proved ourselves tonight that we’re better than people think we are.”

Bearden head coach Matt Buckner said Copeland “has been swinging good,” including a first-inning grand slam in Bearden’s 9-5 home win versus Heritage Monday, March 23.

It was a back-and-forth issue halfway through before the home team went ahead for good in the fourth. Farragut added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Bearden struck quickly off Cooper, FHS southpaw starter and Ole Miss signee, scoring twice in the first on Ryan Ford’s RBI single and Sean Greenway’s sacrifice fly.

Admirals relief pitcher Thoreson came on despite only two days rest after five innings of work Saturday, March 21 during the Scenic City Classic in Chattanooga — and extinguished the Bulldogs fire with a strikeout.

Thoreson, going 4 1/3 innings to get the win, said he “definitely didn’t have the pop on my fastball like a usually have — I was definitely tired — but I just hit my spots and worked the breaking ball in.”

Thoreson induced six strikeouts, Cooper four, while each Admirals hurler allowed five hits.

Farragut went back up 4-3 in the bottom of the third when Nick Williams scored following a one-out single and scored on Tyler Norland’s sacrifice fly. “Nick Williams has been swinging the bat really good,” Pharr said, also pointing to his three hits that included a three-run homer in Farragut’s win at William Blount.

Bearden tied it 4-4 in the fourth after Jonathan Elmore homered.

David Allen, FHS junior centerfielder, started a three-run rally in the fifth with two out, none on with a single. Blake Hayes doubled home Allen, then after Powell walked came RBI singles from Nicky Delmonico and Thoreson making it 9-4. Ethan Bennett’s sixth-inning solo homer wrapped up the scoring.

Drew Pasilas, Bulldogs third baseman, added a double while Jacob Edwards had two hits.

Holding WBHS in check March 23 was FHS sophomore standout pitcher Philip Pfeifer, striking out 18 while allowing just three hits.


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