Brad Grenkoski, Farragut sophomore right fielder, celebrates a clutch hit that landed the sophomore at third base alongside senior Drew Parks, HVA third baseman. The Admirals won 10-3 Monday, April 17, in a District 4-AAA battle at HVA. Turning a rare triple play courtesy of freshman shortstop Lukas Cook, Hardin Valley Academy also stunned Farragut with three innings of no-hit work from senior Nathan Johnson, Hawks starting pitcher, enroute to a 3-0 HVA lead entering the fourth inning.
But a catcher’s interference call, coming with one out and none on base, touched off an offensive surge from coach Matt Buckner’s Admirals in the fourth.
Seven runs crossed that inning as Farragut [24-4 overall, 9-1 in Disrict 4-AAA after the game] rallied to win this District 4-AAA showdown 10-3 at HVA Monday evening, April 17. The Hawks fell to 10-10 overall [no district record given after the game].
“A couple of people get on, we get a hit, and that gets everything going,” said Parker Noland, FHS sophomore third baseman, who contributed an RBI double and RBI single.
Having to come from a few runs down “is not the first time its happened this season. We’ve gotten down early in a lot of games,” said Jake Hagenow, Admirals senior catcher who blasted a solo home run in the fifth inning. “I think it shows the character of this team.”
Paul Calkins, FHS senior (13), balances the ball on his toe attempting to clear the ball past Hardin Valley Academy’s defense. Nick Bradford was left nearly speechless while his Hardin Valley Academy boys celebrated a monumental District 4-AAA recently.
Bradford, the Hawks first-year head coach, struggled to put his squad’s 3-2 victory over Farragut on Thursday, April 13, into words.
“This is big for us,” Bradford said after HVA shocked the Ads before a spirited crowd at Farragut Soccer Stadium. “This is the first time that we’ve ever won a game on this field and it’s been a long time coming.”
The Hawks [4-3-5 overall, 2-1-2 in the district starting the week] have had their struggles in 2017. But that all changed against the Admirals [10-3-1, 3-1 after the loss].
Hardin Valley wasted little time getting on the scoreboard at Farragut. The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the in the fifth minute when Hutch Peter buried a shot past FHS senior goalkeeper Mitchell White.
KNOXVILLE — Despite seeing his team notch an 11-5 win Monday night, April 17, Farragut softball head coach David Moore knew his team didn’t have its best day on the diamond.
“We took the weekend off and we had some mistakes today, but we won a district game on the road,” Moore said after his Lady Admirals defeated rival Bearden in a District 4-AAA tilt at BHS’s Kim Hazelwood Field. “We had some good quality at-bats. We’ll take it and run. We’ll have to make some adjustments at the plate quicker but we’ll take it.”
Farragut [17-5 overall, 8-2 in District 4-AAA after the win] darted to an early lead in the top of the first inning. Tori West, the Lady Ads right fielder, led off the game with a bunt single. Andrea Sarhat doubled West to third.
West came home on an RBI groundout by Lexee Lamoree, who went 0-for-4 but knocked in three runs. Sarhatt later scored on a sacrifice fly by Kelsie Tuggle to make the score 2-0.
KNOXVILLE —- Hardin Valley Academy’s softball team battled its way to a runner-up finish at the recent Gibbs Invitational at Caswell Park.
The Lady Hawks [11-8-1 starting the week] won a pair of tight games in the elimination round of one of East Tennessee’s elite high school tournaments.
The long day, however, ended on a sour note as HVA dropped a 12-2 decision to The King’s Academy, defending Division II-A state champion [called after four innings due to time limit].
Against the Lady Lions [17-3], the Lady Hawks picked up two runs in the top of the first thanks to an RBI single by Jodie Parham that scored leadoff hitter Sydney Dukes, who singled.
Emalee McCord, who also singled in the frame, scored when Mariah Hall reached on an error.
Farragut High School’s baseball team is enjoying a power surge. The Admirals recently flexed their offensive muscle while hosting annual Scott Dean Memorial Tournament, entering this week on a 12-game winning streak.
Farragut notched a 12-2 victory over Murfreesboro Central Magnet Friday afternoon, April 14, in a game decided in six innings at John Heatherly Field/The Ballpark in Farragut.
The offense was potent, but head coach Matt Buckner might have seen a future star on the mound as freshman Ryan Hagenow hurled a complete game. “He’s going to be a good one,” Buckner said of Hagenow, who retired the first nine hitters he faced.
Hagenow tossed six innings and surrendered two runs and two hits with no walks or strikeouts. “In the bullpen, I was having a problem with my curve ball and the coaches helped me work on it,” Hagenow said. “I tried to keep the ball down.”