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Baseball Ads to defend state crown, rip Crockett

Just based on Farragut’s record compared with David Crockett’s, Friday’s sub-state baseball showdown at FHS’s John Heatherly Field could have been a laugher.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition,, the Region 2-AAA champion Ads (35-5) made quick work of the Region 1-AAA runner-up Pioneers (20-18), winning 10-0 in five innings on a soggy evening May 15 that included a roughly 30-minute rain delay.

Meanwhile, the arms of Ole Miss signee Jordan Cooper and junior Nick Williams plus the long-ball power of Farragut’s offense — four home runs — left archrival Bearden in the dust two days earlier. A 10-0 five-inning win earned the Ads the Region 2-AAA crown May 13 at FHS.

“We’re probably swinging it as well as we have all year, swinging it pretty good throughout our lineup,” said FHS head coach Tommy Pharr, as his Admirals join Bearden, a winner at Science Hill Friday afternoon, as Westside teams in the eight-team Class AAA state tournament beginning Tuesday, May 19, in Murfreesboro. The Admirals opened versus Collierville Tuesday, and also have Independence (28-8, handing FHS its first loss of the season, 8-2) and Blackman (29-9) in its four-team bracket.

FHS, defending state champ winning two of the last three Tennessee titles, is looking to reach Friday’s state title game beginning at 5 p.m. CDT, at MTSU.

Against Crockett, the Ads were led offensively by Nicky Delmonico’s three hits, including a solo home run. Sophomore staff pitching ace Philip Pfeifer was only “average” according to Pharr. But average for Pfeifer was still good enough, as eight of the 12 batters he retired were strikeouts.

Pfeifer said, “Tonight I threw. I did well because I could locate a fastball. I only had one pitch. At this level it can get me by against some alright teams. But it won’t take me to where I want to go.”

Pfeifer managed to keep DCHS off the scoreboard in the first four innings despite giving up four hits and two walks, along with an infield error, allowing two men on base and one out in the first, third and fourth innings.

Reliever Williams, sporting a 6-0 record, struck out the side in the Pioneer fifth — giving the FHS junior six straight relief strikeouts in post-season. “Nick’s a good pitcher, got good stuff,” Pharr said.

Curt Powell had a triple and RBI double. “To go out with a win [at home], it’s a great feeling,” said Powell, an All-state senior shortstop and Vanderbilt signee.

Grant Tabor, senior left fielder, had two hits, including a double.

“Grant had a great night tonight, he had a big double there early,” Pharr said. “We had three guys in a row there with two strikes get a base hit, Blake Hayes, David Allen and Grant. The bottom of our line-up’s really helping us. They’re swinging well.” Tabor said he was “fortunate to get some good pitches. Hit ’em hard.”

Cade Stallings homered. Hayes and Williams added RBI sac flies.


Cooper, a lefty, started and improved his record to 8-0 by going four innings while allowing three hits and no walks with three strikeouts. “He was behind a lot but to his credit he didn’t put anybody on ... iy was a solid outing, he held ’em in check for four innings,” Pharr said.

Having blasted a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the fourth before retiring BHS in relief with three strikeouts, Williams said he was “pumped after that, I was ready to go out there and throw. That was awesome. I thank God for that.”

Hayes belted a two-RBI single and a triple. Allen smacked a solo home run while Delmonico launched a two-run homer. Mac Thoreson, senior standout first baseman/pitcher, laced a three-run homer.


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