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.”
After the freshman retired the Tigers [who dropped to 15-8 with Friday afternoon’s loss] in order in the top of the first, Farragut [which improved to 23-4 after routing Sissonville of West Virginia in its tournament finale] got the rookie pitcher a 6-0 lead.
Sophomore left fielder Brad Grenkoski hit a grand slam over the left-center field fence. Jake Hagenow had an RBI double to deep center field and Parker Noland, another sophomore, added an RBI single.
Farragut added three more runs in the second with the benefit of just one hit. Chandler Chambers drove in a run with a double.
The Ads, who have scored 145 runs during their winning streak, ended things in the bottom of the sixth when Noland drew a walk with the bases loaded before Freeman picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
“We’re pretty much an offensive team,” Buckner said after watching his team score 52 runs in four tournament games.