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Sticks come back to life for champs
Powell bat helps cap perfect week for FHS in rout of Mt. Juliet


Tommy Pharr’s instincts about his starting pitcher and offensive potential meant Mac Thoreson had nothing to worry about.

Thoreson, Farragut senior starter and clean-up hitter, was roughed up in the third inning by Mt. Juliet’s bats during a showdown of District 9-AAA’s and District 4-AAA’s top teams at FHS’s John Heatherly Field.

But as first reported at Farragut First Edition, www.farragutpress.com April 11, five home runs, two by All-state shortstop Curt Powell, and 15 hits total allowed Farragut to end the issue in five innings. FHS needed only four at-bats to produce an 18-5 victory, Saturday afternoon.

“We’re swinging the bats pretty good right now, got some guys that are doing a good job at the plate, locked in pretty good,” said coach Pharr, whose Ads improved to 22-4 (8-0 in District 4-AAA entering the week). Mt. Juliet dropped to 13-8.


Pharr’s nationally ranked team roughed up three MJHS pitchers, scoring one run in the first, four in the second, five in the third and seven in the fourth.

Powell added a single and double with five RBI total. “It seems like ever since we lost to Bearden [Sportsbelle title game, 4-0, April 4] we’re kinda gelling together and more focused on the game,” Powell said. “More of a team, getting timely hits. We definitely woke up the bats today.”

Ethan Bennett, FHS junior catcher, smacked two hits that included a three-run homer down the left field line to highlight the Ads’ seven-run fourth.

Sophomore second baseman Nicky Delmonico, one game following his back-to-back inning grand slams and 10 RBI, added a solo homer plus an RBI single.

Steven Weaver, senior left fielder, had a two-RBI single plus an RBI double. Blake Hayes connected for two hits, including an RBI single, while junior first baseman Nick Williams also doubled.

Ellison Fitchpatrick, senior pinch-hitter, blasted a solo home run over the right-center field fence to end the scoring in the bottom of the fourth. “It was a fastball, we knew it was coming,” Fitchpatrick said, adding that among his career varsity hits, “this is top right now, hopefully I’ll get some more.”

Thoreson helped his own cause with a double that hit high up on the left field wall.

Though Thoreson surrendered a pair of homers driving in five runs in the third, Pharr stuck with the senior hurler. “Mac’s a tough kid, they hit a couple of balls pretty good there, he was just a little bit out-of-sync but I figured he’s be alright,” Pharr said.

Thoreson ended up allowing just five hits — four in the fourth inning — in going the full five innings while retiring the final seven batters. He struck out three, walked three and hit a batter.

Tyler Noland, junior centerfielder, added an RBI after being beaned.

FHS 13 HERITAGE 2

While blasting Sevier County on the road 16-0 in a District 4-AAA game at SCHS April 8, the Admirals did the same to Heritage at HHS one day earlier, 13-2.

Noland’s two home runs led the charge versus the Heritage while Powell added one home run plus a double. Bennett ripped a round tripper. Delmonico doubled.

Winning pitcher Nick Williams went the full five innings.

 

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