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Though junior pitcher Philip Pfeifer and junior shortstop Nicky Delmonico did the most to lead Farragut Baseball to a state-record third straight Class AAA state title last week, a slew of Ads seniors also can take bows.

Ethan Bennett, senior catcher and Tennessee Vols signee who greatly helped FHS obtain its final 42-6 record with a state-record 27 homers in 2010, said winning state yet again “is the greatest feeling you could ever have.”

After a thrilling 3-1 victory against Houston in the title game Friday, May 28, at Murfreesboro Oakland High School, Bennett added, “It feels so, so awesome.”

Also District 4-AAA MVP with a .407 average and 73 RBI, Bennett's last homer of the season was a second-inning grand slam versus Collierville one day before, helping FHS edge into the title game with a 6-5 win.

Nick Williams, also a UT signee, said “we're the first team ever to come back with three in a row, so it's real special. Especially with these great group of guys.”

Williams ended his career a perfect 19-0 on the mound, 9-0 in 2010 (0.88 ERA), after firing a complete game three-hitter, 12 Ks, to beat Columbia 4-2 May 26.

Tyler Noland, senior outfielder with two hits and one run in the title game, said Pfeifer “manned up. ... There's no one I know who could do something like that.”

With two hits in the title game, senior outfielder David Allen (.401 season average) said, “It’s an unbelievable feeling to know we're the first team to win three [straight] state championships.”

Contributing an RBI single in the title game, senior left fielder Ryan Montalbano said, “It's unbelievable ... I had big shoes to fill from past outfielders, and to come through in this game and get an RBI single felt great.”

Senior second baseman Stewart Martens said last year’s title “felt good, but nothing like this.”

Senior pitcher Derek Chandler, No. 3 starter (5-3 record, 2.90 ERA), “had a good year, he was an unfortunate loser in a few games,” head coach Matt Buckner said.

Logan Hess, senior pitcher who fired 1.1 scoreless innings in relief against Collierville May 27, said he was “very excited” to pitch against Collierville, “one of the best teams in the state.”

Other senior contributors were Chris Griffin, Ian Cornman and Stephen Belasco.

Freshman designated hitter Cameron Strickland had two hits and one RBI versus Columbia.

Winning pitcher Xander Taylor went 4.2 innings allowing just five hits versus Collierville Thursday.


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