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Bennett helps Farragut ‘fracture’ Halls in region

Ethan Bennett’s wrist is perhaps getting close to 100 percent healed.

Farragut’s junior catcher, out with a “non-displaced fractured wrist” since mid-April then going to catching-only duty during limited District 4-AAA tourney action, helped fracture Halls with his bat Monday night.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition, May 11, Bennett, despite a “clam shell cast” on his left wrist, was one of five Admirals to hit a home run in Region 2-AAA semifinal play at FHS’s John Heatherly Field. Farragut crushed Halls 17-2 in five innings.

“I hit a couple of balls hard … I never put any limits on myself,” said Bennett, smacking a three-run homer to right field while also lining out hard to third base. He also was beaned. “God blessed me with talent. I just go out and play, leave it all on the field.”

The Admirals, improving to 33-5, host archrival Bearden in the region title game beginning at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 13. Each team has won twice in four previous battles.

Farragut advances to Friday’s sub-state round as does BHS, a 7-3 survivor in eight innings versus Powell in the other region game, played at Helton-Ridley Field in East Knox (see related story on this page). Halls, District 3-AAA tourney runner-up, ends its seasons 19-13.

Winning pitcher Philip Pfeifer went five innings, allowing just two hits, one walk and one hit batter with eight strikeouts.

Farragut pounced on HHS starter Jared Burton in the first. Cade Stallings smacked a two-run home run. After David Allen’s RBI walk, Grant Tabor’s two-RBI single to center upped the edge to 5-0.

Mac Thoreson’s second-inning RBI single scored Nicky Delmonico, who singled.

In the third, an Allen single, Curt Powell’s RBI single and throwing error made it 8-2.

The Admirals went crazy in the fourth, scoring nine and featuring four home runs. Singles by Thoreson and Nick Williams preceded Bennett’s three-run homer. Hayes followed with a solo blast to center.

A Powell double, his second, and Stallings’ single upped the edge to 14-2. Thoreson then went deep, a two-run homer to left-center field making it 16-2. Williams got into the home run act with a solo shot to right.


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