Noland delivers in comeback win

Parker Noland may only be a freshman but his RBI single lifted the Farragut High School baseball team to a 2-1 comeback victory over Knoxville Catholic Saturday afternoon at John Heatherly Field at the Ballpark at Farragut.

Noland’s single plated Carmelo Venero with the winning run with one out in the bottom of the seventh innings. The hit also gave the Admirals its first lead of the contest and culminated a two-run frame.

“Parker Noland is going to be a special player,” FHS coach Matt Buckner said. “He got a big hit for us.

“That was a big hit and this was a big win because we’re in the midst of seven games in eight days and honestly, I think we’re running on fumes.”

Noland, a catcher, was pleased to pick up his big hit against Irish reliever Hunter Judd.
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FHS softball wins three

The Farragut High School softball team has battled its share of injuries this season, and the Admirals also have endured some offensive struggles throughout the 2016 campaign.

But at the recent BSN Region II Challenge, Farragut began to see its offense come to life.

The Admirals (21-12) won three games in dominating fashion. In fact, the only force that appeared to be able to stifle the Farragut bats was Mother Nature.

The rains spoiled the Admirals’ good times Saturday afternoon. Farragut had a 1-0 lead against Ooltewah when lightning in the vicinity of FHS’s Bellamy Field halted action between the Admirals and the Owls.

Rain rolled in a short time later and washed out the remaining tournament games.
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Farragut must ‘learn from loss' to CAK

Warriors’ Ryan Clift, 4 and Luke Poff, 11 defend against Admirals Dami Omitaomu, 10, during District 4-AAA Thursday, April 29 at Christian Academy of Knoxville KNOXVILLE — For most of the second half of his team’s match at Christian Academy of Knoxville, Farragut High School boys soccer coach Ray Dover implored the Admirals to play with a sense of urgency.

The sense of urgency, however, never appeared to materialize and the Admirals left CAK on Thursday, April 29, with a 3-0 loss to the Warriors.

“We just have to learn from games like this,” said Dover, who saw his conclude a frustrating week with the loss to CAK.

Farragut opened the week with a 2-2 draw against West High in its District 4-AAA finale on Tuesday, April 26. Things got more frustrating for the Admirals against the Warriors, who notched a win over FHS for the first time since 2012.

CAK (13-2-1) dominated the match. The Warriors enjoyed the majority of the possession over the final 40 minutes and controlled the tempo throughout the game. The home side also stifled Farragut’s potentially potent scoring attack, which has sputtered at times during the 2016 campaign.
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Green, big innings lift HVA baseball to victory

Hawks Ryder Green, 25, started on the mound against the Mountaineers he surrendered just one earned run, four hits and two walks. Green also went 2-for-3 with a home run and scoring twice during District 4-AAA action Wednesday, April 27 at Hardin Valley Academy. HARDIN VALLEY — Ryder Green did a little bit of everything for the Hardin Valley Academy baseball team in a 10-1 District 4-AAA victory over Heritage on Wednesday, April 27.

Green started on the mound and hurled six innings. He surrendered just one earned run, four hits and two walks. He had three strikeouts despite having to labor a bit over the first two innings.

He also carried a big bat for the Hawks. Green went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs batted in and a stolen base. He also scored twice.

Green’s two-run shot in the bottom of the third inning started a one-out rally in the bottom of the third inning, a frame in which the Hawks scored five runs.
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HVA struggles in draw against Heritage

HARDIN VALLEY — The players on Hardin Valley Academy’s boys soccer team will long remember Senior Night 2016.

Unfortunately, it may be for the wrong reason. The Hawks soccer program has emerged as a powerhouse but HVA has struggled this season and on Friday night those struggles were intensified, as the Hawks and Heritage played to a 1-1 draw in a District 4-AAA match at HVA.

Hardin Valley (3-6-2 overall, 1-2-2 in the district) may have honored its seniors but it was the Mountaineers (4-10-3, 1-5-1) that made a little history.

“I’m really proud of my guys. This is the first time that we’ve ever tied a team from Knoxville,” Heritage coach Nick Bradford said. “We’ve never as much as had a draw against Bearden, Farragut, West or Hardin Valley. “We decided when we came in that we weren’t going to sit back. We didn’t want to play for a tie.
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Shaky defense spells defeat for Hawks

Hardin Valley Academy softball coach Whitney Hickam-Cruze is hoping that her team learned some valuable lessons from its 5-1 loss to Ooltewah Friday afternoon in the BSN Region

II Challenge at Farragut High School’s Bellamy Field in a game that lasted just five innings due to a tournament time limit.

The Hawks (20-11) had some defensive struggles and Hickam-Cruze said that those miscues in the field came down to two factors.

“Those defensive mistakes came down to focus and toughness,” Hickam-Cruze said, “These are good teams here and this will definitely get us ready for our district tournament.

“Our district is tough and we’ll have to be focused and tough come tournament time. Defensively, I thought we really struggled but offensively, I thought our girls were extremely focused at the plate.”

Hardin Valley missed an early scoring chance in the top of the first inning. Senior shortstop Kaleigh Wynne, HVA’s pitching ace who has seen limited time in the circle since suffering a broken finger on her throwing had earlier this season, had a one-out double and advanced to third when Owls pitcher Kayla Boseman uncorked a wild pitch.
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Bearden stifles Wildcats in Throwback Game 3-0

Bearden High School manufactured enough offense to notch a 3-0 victory over Oak Ridge at Farragut High School’s annual Throwback Day at John Heatherly Field at the Ballpark in Farragut on Thursday, April 28.

The Bulldogs (24-9) and the Wildcats (15-15) play in the event, which benefits the KiMe Foundation to find a cure for young onset Parkinson’s and helps former FHS baseball player Pat Dorwin, who was diagnosed with the disease.

On this day, the host Admirals, Gibbs, Bearden, Oak Ridge, Gatlinburg-Pittman and Christian Academy of Knoxville (which is now coached by former Farragut coach Tommy Pharr) wear old uniforms and use wooden bats.

Concession prices are rolled back and Farragut High School public address announcer Ralph Skinner creates and old-time atmosphere with music from the early to mid 1900’s.
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