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With a freshman's consistent stick helping the cause while his team was “pitching pretty well,” Farragut won three of four during the five-team Blaze Invitational Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, at Blackman High School.

The Admirals entered the week 10-2 overall, 3-1 in District 4-AAA including a 6-2 win at archrival Bearden March 24.

Led offensively by the bat of freshman Cameron Strickland in tourney play, Farragut opened with a 7-6 win versus Columbia Friday.

“He had a very good weekend … Cameron hit a double that put us up two,” FHS head coach Matt Buckner said of Strickland. “Nick Williams hit a big home run that put us up one. They were pretty big in that game.”

However, “It was a tough week for us swinging the bat,” Buckner added.

Xander Taylor, Logan Hess and David Allen combined their pitching efforts in the victory versus Columbia.

Allen, who closed the game, “had a good pitching performance,” Buckner said.

Farragut then toppled host Blackman 12-3 Friday behind six innings of starting pitching work from Williams. “He pitched pretty well,” Buckner said. Chandler Vannoy tossed the final inning.

Among a 15-hit attack, Scott Miller's two-run homer in the second inning got things going. Tyler Noland added a home run.

Edging Mountain State Academy, W.Va. 3-2, Nicky Delmonico's bloop double was followed by Ethan Bennett's walk-off, game-winning RBI single.

Vannoy and Allen “pitched pretty well,” Buckner said. “Cameron Strickland had a couple of hits.”

Losing 6-3 to Bartlett, “It was a tough game,” Buckner said. “They out-played us. Michael Ledbetter pitched pretty well .... Cameron Strickland had a couple of hits.”


Staff ace Philip Pfeifer overcame early wildness to strike out 14 while allowing one earned run, seven hits and two walks in six innings.

Allen’s first-inning infield hit was followed by Noland’s RBI double to right centerfield. Noland scored on a wild pitch.

Ryan Montalbano scored after being hit by a pitch in the second inning and advancing to second after an A.J. Simcox single.

Allen scored in the fourth after his second infield hit of the game and Williams’ sacrifice fly made it 4-0. Daniel Huggins and Delmonico scored in the fifth without benefit of a hit.


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