Late week surge: Admirals’ bats heat up, go 5-0

FHS outscores foes 38-7, goes 4-0 in Scott Dean Classic

After taking a toss from junior shortstop Duncan Pence, Chase Fullington, Farragut senior second baseman, completes the sixth-inning double play to end a Louisville (Ky.) Holy Cross threat despite the efforts of Cougars base runner Josh Thomson. Outscoring its four opponents a combined 38-7 during two days of action in Second Annual Scott Dean Memorial Classic, going 4-0, Farragut baseball may have rounded a critical corner.

“We actually played well the whole tournament,” said FHS head coach Matt Buckner, whose defending Class AAA state champions began the week 21-3 overall, 8-0 in District 4-AAA. “Did a lot better job in our approach at the plate. Did a good job of hitting some balls back-side. Really, I think, got some things fixed that we needed to clean up a little bit.

“Pitched the ball well and played good defense. Only made about three errors in the whole tournament,” Buckner added.

The Admirals capped off their four games at John Heatherly Field Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, with an 11-2 victory Saturday afternoon versus Holy Cross High School, a Class A (smallest level) school from Louisville, Ky. The other victory Saturday morning was 3-1 against Hillgrove, Ga.

Friday victories were 11-1 versus Daniel Boone and 13-3 against Kingsport Dobyns Bennett.
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Late week surge: Admirals’ bats heat up, go 5-0

Big hit by sophomore, late double play push Farragut past Dawgs

Farragut made the critical defensive play when it mattered most, while Bearden’s critical defensive play went off the glove of a hustling outfielder.

Jake Hagenow, Admirals sophomore first baseman, found himself on the good side of both plays.

Ending with an out at second base where a Bulldogs baserunner got caught too far off the bag — just when BHS was mounting a one-out, bases-loaded rally against superstar pitcher Patrick Raby — the Admirals hung on for dear life, winning 2-1 during this rivalry showdown at FHS’s John Heatherly Field Thursday, April 9.

“We’re scraping by. Hopefull we’ll get better offensively,” said FHS head coach Matt Buckner, whose team begins this week 21-3 overall, 8-0 in District 4-AAA. Bearden dropped to 13-5, 6-2 in district after the tough loss.
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Dawgs sweep Hawks with rally in game two

Zach Sears, HVA senior third baseman, can’t quite haul in this bunt attempt during the Hawks game with Bearden, resumed from March 26 after a rain delay at HVA and finished at BHS’s Phil Garner Field Monday evening, April 13. The Bulldogs won 6-3. Grabbing a quick lead proved futile, in two separate games, for Hardin Valley Academy Hawks baseball against District 4-AAA rival Bearden.

A major shift in the district race happened Monday evening, April 13, at BHS's Phil Garner Ballpark, as the Bulldogs completed one comeback effort to win, finishing a suspended game at HVA March 26 in the fourth inning with a 5-2 lead after trailing 2-0.

Winning that game 6-3, Bearden rallied from a 3-0 deficit against Hawks staff ace and Tennessee Vols signee Will Neely in the regularly scheduled game. Holding off two Hardin Valley attempts to rally late, the Bulldogs won 4-3. While Bearden improved to 16-7, 8-2 in district, the Hawks fell to 14-9, 5-4.
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HVA edges Hilltoppers after a win versus CAK

Hawks' senior forward Cameron Schneider, 11, slides toward the congratulatory arms of head soccer coach Mike McLean following Schneider's Hardin Valley Academy’s boys soccer team closed out a grueling 48-hour span with a narrow 1-0 victory over Science Hill Thursday, April 9, at HVA.

The Hawks edged the Hilltoppers just 24 hours after downing Christian Academy of Knoxville, a Class A/AA powerhouse, 3-1, in a match that was scheduled for April 7 but was moved back due to inclement weather.

“We had two tough back-to-back games,” Hardin Valley head coach Mike McLean said. “You never want to play tough back-to-back games like that but we had to do it because of the weather.

“We wanted to keep the game against a quality team [in CAK]. We grew up tonight. We’ve played some good teams in our first six games this season but we haven’t been tested like this.”
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7th-inning homer, double lift Lady Hawks past BHS

Wynne accounted for two home runs and 12 strikeouts in HVA’s come-from-behind 4-3 district win. Hardin Valley Academy softball player Leslie Beecham got the biggest hit of her season Monday night.

“It felt great to get that hit,” said Beecham, the Lady Hawks junior shortstop who drove in the winning run in Hardin Valley’s 4-3 District 4-AAA comeback victory over Bearden at Kim Hazel-wood Field April 13. “It definitely felt good because it came at a crucial time. I really want to win the district.”

Beecham’s game-winning double came with two out in the top of the seventh inning and followed a solo home run from junior pitcher Kaleigh Wynne, which knotted the game 3-3.

Wynne’s round-tripper started the inning before Bearden senior ace Dana Steinbacher struck out Olivia LaSorsa.
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Lady Ads reach tourney quarterfinals at Gibbs

A quarterfinal exit from the Gibbs Invitational couldn’t dampen spirits for Farragut High School’s softball team Saturday afternoon, April 11.

“We played more consistently this weekend than we have all year,” Lady Admirals’ head coach David Moore said after his team was eliminated by Mt. Juliet in a 2-1 loss at Caswell Park. “We came in having lost two tough district games.

“We pretty much got contributions from everybody, but we have to be more consistent with the bat.”

The Lady Ads (11-8-1) fell behind the Lady Bears in the bottom of the third inning when Mt. Juliet, which lost to Maryville 7-2 in the tournament championship game Saturday, scored a pair of unearned runs when Farragut committed an error.
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