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Buckner questions Diamond Ads’ toughness after loss

The program is three-time defending Class AAA state champion, but the 2011 Farragut Baseball Admirals are having their toughness questioned by the skipper.

Though winning two of three games at Blackman Invitational in Murfreesboro Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, “We just made some mental mistakes Saturday,” FHS head coach Matt Buckner said, adding about a 17-13 loss to Dyer County Saturday, “It was a sloppy, wet, nasty, rainy game.

“But that’s just an excuse, and I don’t want to give anybody any excuses,” the FHS skipper added. “We didn’t play well, we didn’t pitch well. Saturday we didn’t do anything well.

Concerning how his team dealt with poor weather Saturday, “We weren’t very good and we weren’t very tough,” Buckner added. “We did a poor job getting through it.

“Hopefully, the next time we get in that situation, we’ll be a little tougher and a little better.”

The 13 runs surrender versus Dyer “is more than we’d given up [total] the first nine games,” Buckner said.

Farragut enters the week 8-2 overall, 3- 0 in District 4-AAA

Lost in the shuffle is what Buckner declared “a new state record” for pitching wins in a career.

Senior three-time All-state lefty Philip Pfeifer won a “state record” 43rd game in Admirals’ navy blue after firing a complete game, one-hit, 12-strikeout shutout versus Columbia, 2-0, Friday afternoon.

Anthony El-Chibani’s two-RBI double provided all the necessary scoring.

Beating host Blackman 10-1 Saturday, winning pitcher Derek Chandler went the district while allowing one earned run and three hits with nine strikeouts.


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