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Diamond Ads stomp West despite Buckner suspension, storm delay

A severe thunderstorm did what the West High School pitching staff couldn't earlier this week -— at least temporarily.

The Admirals pounded out eight hits and scored 14 runs in the first two innings in a District 4-AAA game against the Rebels at West’s Lindsay-Hawkins Park in a game that was suspended Monday, April 25, after three innings due to a storm. The final Tuesday was 17-0.

Admirals' assistant coach Scott Dean was FHS skipper early this week — head coach Matt Buckner was serving a two-game suspension and $250 fine after being ejected for arguing a called third strike in Farragut's 2-1 victory over Riverdale Saturday.

Dean said he was pleased with Farragut's offense against the Rebels. “Everybody stayed focused and got their swings and I can't say that we did that over the week,” Dean said. “We came out and had a good hitting approach.”

The Admirals scored their first two runs in the top of the first, highlighted by second baseman Nick Senzel’s single plus an RBI double by Nicky Delmonico.

Xander Taylor’s two-run single drove in Anthony El Chibani and A.J. Simcox, who both singled earlier in the inning.

Miller drove in Delmonico, then added an RBI single later in the inning. Strickland added a scoring double and Simcox contributed an RBI single.

Farragut got its other runs thanks to West errors, walks and wild pitches.

Winning pitcher Taylor, a junior left-hander, surrendered just one hit and two walks with six strikeouts in three innings.

“Xander pitched really well,” Dean said. “When you jump on a team like we jumped on them, that really helps your pitcher.”

Chandler Vannoy and Jordan Newby each hurled an inning of scoreless relief.


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