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Baseball Ads secure another league title; Pfeifer set to return

Philip Pfeifer was scheduled to start throwing earlier this week after missing most of 2011 with “rotator cuff tendonitis” in his left shoulder.

Despite missing its senior southpaw star pitcher, Farragut wrapped up yet another District 4-AAA league championship — using tons of hitting Monday evening for a 16-5 blowout win in five innings at Knoxville Catholic May 2.

“Today wins the conference outright,” said FHS head coach Matt Buckner, whose team ends with a 12-2 league mark and finishes regular season overall play at 27-6.

Post-season action begins Friday, May 6, with the Admirals as No. 1 seed hosting the No. 8 seed at 5 p.m. Second round games Saturday tentatively are set for 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Catholic head coach Adam Sullivan, whose team fell to 19-11, 6-6 in district, said his Irish “are probably a good little [Class] AA team, but apparently we're not a very good AAA team. I feel like we played today like we're scared of these guys.”

Farragut pounced quickly in the first.

A.J. Simcox's one-out double to right field, Xander Taylor's RBI single and Scott Miller's RBI double plated two runs. “We wanted to come out, get a good game in, get us ready for district,” Simcox said.

Nicky Delmonico, moving from catcher to third base late in the season, scored on Taylor's double after being hit-by-pitch.

Delmonico's towering three-run homer to right field in the second “was kind of a kill-shot for us,” Buckner said. “When he goes, we're hard to handle.

“A.J., Xander Taylor hit good today,” Buckner added. “Scotty [Miller] hit good today.”

Chandler Vannoy, now Farragut's everyday first baseman who saved two throwing errors with nifty dirt scoops, joined Nick Senzel with second-inning singles.

Catholic answered with two in the bottom of the second off Ads starter Eric Freeman.

Trey Leake walked and scored thanks to a Ryan Nelson double. Nelson later scored.

Farragut added six more in the third. Vannoy walked, then reached second on a dropped pop-up off. After Senzel sacrificed both into scoring position, Simcox laced an RBI single. Delmonico walked and Taylor connected for a two-RBI double to right-centerfield. It was 8-2.

Miller's infield RBI single made it 9-2, followed by Cameron Strickland's RBI groundout.

Brett Hagenow, FHS sophomore starting catcher, laced an RBI single to left making it 11-2.

“Brett's done a good job behind the plate, and he's hit well, too.”

Miller's three-run homer to left field highlighted a five-run Ads fourth inning.

Pinch-hitter Evan Surrett added a sharp single to left field, followed by an RBI double by pinch-hitter Garrett Jordan.

Ads freshman pitcher Chase Chambers relieved Freeman in the fourth, allowing three runs and four hits with four strikeouts and no walks in two innings. Freeman allowed two runs, three hits and one walk in three innings.

The Irish managed three runs in the fifth. Adkins led off with a sharp single. “I think we were a little out of focus,” said Adkins, a junior right fielder with two hits.

Drew Ferguson's RBI double scored Adkins. Aaron Aucker added an RBI infield hit.

Leake's sacrifice fly cut it to 16-5. George Harrison singled.

Buckner said Pfeifer should return “sometime during the district tournament.”


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