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‘Scenic’ wins, MHS loss for Ads
FHS wins tournament, falls to Maryville


Rolling along at 6-0 and coming off a Scenic City Classic title in Chattanooga, the two-time defending Class AAA state champs wearing navy blue perhaps should have been feared heading to Maryville Monday.

But Kaleb Moore and his MHS Rebels muscled into Farragut’s normal role and played like champions at Maryville College, beating the Admirals 4-1 behind Moore’s four-hit complete game pitching effort Monday, March 22.

“He’s a good pitcher, he located well,” FHS standout pitcher/first baseman Nick Williams said. “Threw his breaking ball, his off-speed stuff, for strikes. He was just better than us today.”


Overall, “I don’t think we came out focused, ready to play,” Williams added.

Two fourth inning errors and a first-inning mental lapse opened the gates for all four MHS runs. Only one was earned. Maryville ended with just five hits.

“We didn’t make plays, we didn’t compete very well at the plate,” FHS head coach Matt Buckner said. “A pretty poor effort on our part.

“We basically gave them a couple of runs making errors,” he added.

Though FHS starting pitcher Derek Chandler “didn’t pitch bad” according to Buckner, the FHS skipper said the senior must avoid mistakes such as failing to cover home plate on a wild pitch that “gave them a run” in the first inning.

Chandler stayed ahead in the count against most hitters, going five innings while allowing five hits, three walks and a hit batter with five strikeouts.

Unlike Farragut, the Rebels (5-1, 1-0 in District 4-AAA) “competed hard, and the guy on the mound did a pretty good job,” Buckner said.

Three consecutive Admirals hits to begin the fourth inning tied the game: David Allen’s double, Tyler Noland’s infield hit and Nicky Delmonico’s RBI single to left field.

But Moore proceeded to shut the door thereafter, allowing just one other hit — a Delmonico infield single in the sixth.

The tall Rebel senior struck out three, though none after the third inning. He walked two and hit a batter.

A frustrating day hit the boiling point with one out and none on base in the FHS seventh inning.

Stewart Martens, FHS senior second baseman, apparently reached on an infield hit only to be called out.

“He said his foot was out of the box when he swung ... I’ve never seen that called, ever ... a horrible call,” said Buckner, who vehemently disputed the call upon confronting the umpire at home plate. “It takes us out of a huge situation there.

“But the umpires didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves,” Buckner added. “We’ve got a long way to go to get to where we think we can be.

“Right now we are not there.”

Scenic City highlights included home runs from Noland and Delmonico in a 16-10 win versus Independence.

“Big hits” from Williams, Martens, A.J. Simcox and Ethan Bennett helped FHS edge St. Benedict 6-5. That included pitching success from starter Logan Hess and reliever Jordan Newby before Delmonico hurled three scoreless innings of relief.

Sophomore pitcher Michael Ledbetter allowed just one earned run in a 9-2 win against Evangelical Christian School, which included home runs from Delmonico and Ryan Montalbano.

In a 7-1 win versus Baylor, Williams allowed just one hit in five-and-one-third innings, while Allen closed out the win in relief.

Offensively, Noland homered.

 

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