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Simcox, Allen, Miller key as Farragut rallies past BHS; Williams’ one-hitter stops Maryville

Late innings heroics -— coming in post-season play against the archrival school to the east, no less — was followed by a Tennessee Volunteers signee putting on an SEC-like pitching performance Monday evening.

Farragut baseball (34-5 after Monday) rallied for a second time this season to clip archrival Bearden, this time in second-round District 4-AAA action at FHS's John Heatherly Field Saturday, May 8.

A two-out David Allen bloop single to right field tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. “That was huge for his confidence,” FHS head coach Matt Buckner said.

Scott Miller, unsung junior designated hitter, added a sacrifice fly in the seventh and was hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth to provide a 4-3 victory. “It's pretty intense,” Miller said.

A.J. Simcox, FHS sophomore third baseman “was freaking huge” with four hits that included two doubles, Buckner said. “He saved the game for us. He was gold.”

Miller and Nick Williams, UT signee, would do a majority of the damage to Maryville Monday in a 7-0 Ads winners bracket victory.

Williams tossed a one-hitter, striking out 16 and allowing just three Rebels into scoring position. He walked four. “My fastball and my curveball were working real good tonight,” Williams said.

Buckner said Williams “was completely dominant tonight, that's as good as he's been all year. He was focused.”

Miller's three-run homer highlighted Farragut's six-run explosion in the fifth. “That was huge, he's going good right now,” Buckner said of Miller. Allen followed with a solo home run.

The Ads advanced into region play while awaiting one of three teams — Bearden, Knoxville Catholic or Maryville — in the tourney title round Wednesday needing just one win for the title.


Simcox singled and scored with two outs in the second off tough luck BHS losing pitcher Zach Sale. A pop-up was lost in the sun, allowing FHS to take a 1-0 lead.

“Zach Sale showed today what kind of pitcher he is as a sophomore,” BHS head coach Jack Tate said. “He's had three great starts in a row. I'm so proud of him.”

Singles by Derek Lance, Garrett Sale and Drew Pasillas, along with a costly error, allowed Bearden (17-21 after Monday) to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth.

Zach Sale helped his own cause with a leadoff single in the BHS sixth. Along with a Ty Green single, Zach Sale eventually scored on a double steal to make it 3-1.

Tyler Noland's infield hit, two batters after Simcox led off the FHS seventh with a double down the left field line, saw the senior right fielder slide head-first into first base. “That was huge, a straight hustle play,” Buckner said.

Simcox's eighth-inning double put runners at second and third with one out. Stewart Martens was intentionally walked.

Starter and winning pitcher Philip Pfeifer allowed six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.


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