Hawks bounce back, go 4-1 at Louisville Slugger Select Classic in Georgia

LAKE POINT, Ga. — Hardin Valley Academy’s baseball team spent the bulk of its spring break in Georgia and the Hawks had a successful trip. They closed out the Louisville Slugger Select Classic at Perfect Game Park with a four-game winning streak.

Hardin Valley (9-1) opened the tournament with a 6-3 loss to Tennessee powerhouse Germantown Houston but bounced back to beat Karns, Meadow Creek (Ga.), University School of Jackson and Pope John Paul II (Boca Raton, Fla.)

“This tournament was good for us,” Hawks’ head coach Joe Michalski said. “It was good for us to be the visiting team and good for us to play on another field because our first five games were all at Hardin Valley.

“It was also good to see our team battle some adversity and fight back.”

Against the Mustangs, starting pitcher Tyler Thompson had two hits and scored a run. He suffered the loss but had seven strikeouts.
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Raby, Diamond Ads roll 8-0

Farragut's Chase Fullington takes off to third base during play against district rival Maryville Wednesday, March 18, at FHS. Farragut sophomore baseball player Justen Freeman delivered in the clutch in arguably the toughest role for a young baseball player when he got a pinch-hit three-run double in the Admirals’ 8-0 victory over Maryville Wednesday, March 18, at John Heatherly Field in Farragut.

Freeman’s big hit in the bottom of the third inning gave the Ads a 5-0 lead in this District 4-AAA contest against the struggling Red Rebels.

“That’s the biggest hit of my career so far,” said Freeman, an infielder who was pinch hitting for Carson Strickland. “Coach [Matt] Buckner told me to trust my hands and [Maryville starting pitcher] Alex Curl gave me a fastball and I just hit it and it went a long way.”

Freeman cashed in on an afternoon that saw Farragut (4-1 overall, 3-0 in the district starting the week) squander some early scoring opportunities according to Buckner.
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USA-ranked Dalton, Ads square off

Farragut High School’s boys soccer team was off for spring break last week but the Admirals split a pair of games the last time they appeared on the pitch.

Farragut, which soundly defeated William Blount in its season opener March 9, dropped a 4-1 decision to Dalton (Ga.) March 12. Dalton is one of the top soccer teams in the country but it had to score a pair of late goals in the final minutes to put the Admirals (2-1) away.

Farragut’s veteran head coach Wallie Culbreth said his team was tired throughout much of the match.

“I’m not one for excuses but the halves were only supposed to be 35 minutes and we had a schedule change and we had to play them first,” Culbreth said. “We ended up playing 43 minutes in the first half because the ref said that he lost track of time because it was such a good game.

“Then he said he had to even the halves up and we ended up playing 47 minutes in the second half and my kids were dead tired. They scored first but we were able to come back and tie it up.”
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Florida spring trip nets 3 Bearden baseball wins

Bearden High School baseball head coach John Rice couldn’t have been happier with the way his Bulldogs played last week on a spring break trip through Florida.

“We did a good job,” Rice said after the Bulldogs won three out of their four games in the Sunshine State. “The youth movement is in full force for us. We took 18 guys down there and we played them all.
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Lady Bulldogs softball sees plenty of Jersey, goes 4-1 in Orlando Disney tourney

During his team’s stay in Orlando, Bearden High School softball head coach Leonard Sams had to ground his team as the Lady Bulldogs had a brush with fame before their first game of the Disney Tournament, which was played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

“It was kind of funny,” Sams said. “When we were walking on to the field for our first game, the Atlanta Braves were walking on the field as we were.
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