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Martens’ stick hot, Williams dominant as Diamond Ads rebound

Stewart Martens perhaps will always remember a certain letter of the alphabet when recalling his accomplishments as a Farragut Admirals varsity baseball player.

“I hit the second ‘R’ in FARRAGUT,” said Martens, a senior starter at second base, recalling his first ever varsity home run striking the “Second R” of the giant Farragut banner behind the left field fence at FHS’s John Heatherly Field Monday night.

His two-run home run in the third inning, plus two singles, helped FHS blank Lenoir City 10-0 in six innings April 12, as Farragut’s record improves to 19-3 overall, 6-1 in District 4-AAA.

About his first-ever home run trot, Martens said, “I made it last as long as I could around the bases. ... It feels great.”

Martens said he took the No. 16 jersey purposely in 2010 — the number worn by multi-All-state shortstop and four-year starter Curt Powell.

“That was definitely on purpose — if it worked for him, hopefully it can work for me, right?” Martens said.

Winning pitcher Nick Williams fired a complete game two-hit shutout while adding a three-run homer highlighting the Ads’ six-run second inning.

“That will be a refocuser for us,” FHS head coach Matt Buckner said of using this win to overcome a poor performance versus Noblesville, Ind. Friday evening, April 9 — losing 10-1.

Ethan Bennett, FHS senior standout catcher, had two hits in the big second inning versus LCHS, while A.J. Simcox and Nicky Delmonico also added second-inning singles. Delmonico’s double in the sixth ended the game.

Meanwhile, Bearden couldn’t shake off a 6-1 loss to Noblesville Saturday afternoon at BHS — going hitless — losing at Heritage 10-6 Saturday then falling at home to Knoxville Catholic 6-1 Monday.

Bearden’s record as of Tuesday was 6-12 overall, 3-4 in district.

Hardin Valley (5-14, 1-7 in District 3-AAA) picked up a non-district home win versus Heritage, 5-4, Tuesday, April 6, thanks to a walk-off RBI single from Graham Rowan in the bottom of the seventh. “Joey Covell had an outstanding pitching game, went six-and-one-third” innings, HVA head coach Kirk Renegar said.

The Hawks then traveled to Clinton and won 8-4 April 7. “Nathan Richardson was outstanding on the mound” in five-and-one-third innings, striking out nine,” Renegar said. “It was probably as solid an effort offensively as we’ve had in a year-and-a-half. Played very good defense.”


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