Ads waste many scoring chances in loss to Rebels

KNOXVILLE — Farragut High School’s baseball team got a big dose of humble pie Monday night, March 20. 

“This game will humble you real quick and we got humbled in a big way today,” Admirals senior center fielder Chandler Chambers said after FHS came up on the short end of a 2-1 decision against West High School at Lindsay-Hawkins Park in the District 4-AAA opener for both schools. “We’re better than the way we played tonight.

“We know that and we’ll be back.”

Farragut [6-1 overall, 0-1 in the district] entered the game against the Rebels riding high after winning six games and scoring 61 runs in a season-opening tournament over Spring Break last week.

And early, it looked like the Admirals would continue on their torrid pace at the plate. 

Farragut engineered a one-out rally in the top of the first inning. 

Chambers opened things with a double and Parker Noland walked to put runners on first and second before West pitcher Adam Cupp came up with a strikeout while inducing a pop-up to escape damage. 

Farragut, which stranded nine runners, couldn’t take advantage of their early opportunity but the Rebels [5-0, 1-0] got on the board in the bottom of the first. 

Farragut had another scoring chance in the second as Justen Freeman walked and Cade Burkey reached on a fielder’s choice, but Burkey was gunned down attempting to steal.

Wright tripled for the Admirals with one out of the third but was stranded there at inning’s end. Farragut got two hits in the fourth but Cupp, who threw a complete game, wiggled out of trouble again.

“He really made some good pitches. … late in the game, he really had them guessing and he did a good job.” Rebels head coach Buzz McNish said of Cupp, his senior righthander. 

Cupp would benefit from a double play in the fourth after Freeman and Burkey had one-out hits.

Admirals head coach Matt Buckner was frustrated by his squad’s offensive struggles.

“We just didn’t do a very good job today and this game has a way of showing you when you don’t play well,” Buckner said. “We won six games last week and then we come in today and we don’t do a good job.

“You have the highest of highs and you have the lowest of lows. I think we’re better than that. I certainly would like to think and hope that we’re better than that. Tonight, we just didn’t do a good job and that’s the bottom line.”

The Rebels took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, but the Ads answered with their lone run in the fifth when an RBI double by Wright plated Ashton King, who reached on an error.

Burkey singled in the sixth and Chambers doubled in the seventh, but Cupp was able to strand both runners.

“I have to give it to West. They did a good job,” Chambers said. 

“They really played a great game.”


JV Ads Sweep Double Header

Five Pitchers Team Up As Farragut JV Shuts Out Powell JV in a Double Header.

Farragut JV defeated Powell JV 3-0 in first game of the double header Thursday as three pitchers combined to throw a shutout.  Owen Clark started the game and went 4 innings recording 6 strikeouts and giving up no runs on 3 hits.  Caylon Scholem and Carter Gillette combined for the last inning to close out the game.

The Admirals sticks were led by Jake Evans with a RBI double in the bottom of the third to score Evan McFerran.  Cooper Mashburn, Alec Nussbuam, Myles McFerran, and Jake Evans all had one hit to lead the Admirals.

The Admiral victory was secured by Carter Gillette with the pitching save.

In the second game, Farragut JV defeated Powell JV 5-0 on Thursday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout.

Cooper Mashburn started strong for the Admirals striking out the first six batters on his way to ten strikeouts on the evening.  He gave up one hit and one walk in the commanding four inning performance.

Farragut JV grabbed an early lead scoring on a triple by Jake Evans and a triple by Nick Barnes in the first inning.

Tanner Corum, Gabe Hensley, Alec Nussbaum, Myles McFerran, Evans, and Barnes each managed one hit to lead Farragut JV.

Matthew Delph closed the game with a strong inning pitched that included two strike outs.

Ads JV team beat Hardin Valley 13-3 in 5 innings

  Mason Scheurman pitched around several early inning errors to get the win

  Carter Gillette faced 7 batters in 2 innings of relief

  Admiral hitters hit well up and down the line up

·         Eric Nussbaum had a multi-hit night which included a long HR

·         Jake Evans had a multi-hit night

·         Myles McFerran, Nick Barnes, Tyler Peterson all had key hits

·         Alex Au, in his first start was solid behind the plate and had 3 RBIs on a 2 run double and a sac fly

   Coach Goodrich may not be available tonight with a sore shoulder from waving in 28 runs over the last two games in only 9 innings of play.

JV Ads defeat Lenoir City 15-4

Farragut JV grabbed an early lead on its way to a 15-4 victory over Lenoir City on Tuesday.

Farragut JV took the lead for good with nine runs in the first inning. In the first, Ryan Hagenow drove in a run with a hard ground ball. Cooper Mashburn singled off of Seth Meadows driving in a run, and stole home two batters later.  Alex Au singled off of Ethan Anderson, driving in two runs, and Jake Evans singled off of Anderson, driving in two runs.

Tyler Petterson earned the win for Farragut JV. He threw two innings, allowing one run, two hits, striking out five, and walking zero. Matthew Delph came in relief in the third, striking out one, walking zero. Keito Muto threw one inning, striking out two batters as the two relievers helped Farragut JV finish off the victory.

Muto and Au each drove in three runs to lead Farragut JV. Farragut JV tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Myles McFerran led the way with two.

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Farragut JV Jumps Out To Early Lead In Victory Over Knox West High School

Farragut JV grabbed an early lead on its way to an 8-1 victory over Knox West High School on Monday. Fueled by Jake Evans walk, Tanner Corums double, and a RBI by Alec Nussbuam.

Farragut JV secured the victory thanks to five runs in the third inning. The big inning was thanks to a single by Jake Evans, a double by Cooper Mashburn, and a single by Zane Jessee.

Myles McFerran‘s lead off home run in the 4th inning secured the victory. Zane Jessee and Jake Evans led the admirals with three stolen bases a piece.

Adam Birkholz got the win for Farragut JV with 2 hits, 4 strikes outs and no runs given up in 3 innings pitched.  Owen Clark came on in relief and continued the strong showing for the admirals with 3 innings pitched with 2 strike outs.  Caylon Scholem closed the game with a hit-less 7th inning to secure the 8-1 victory.

Weather Shuts down Admiral JV openers.

Cold, rain, snow…….pick one.   East Tennessee weather has spoken and the JV Admirals games scheduled for March 13 and 14th have been cancelled.

Spring Clean

The  Ball Park at Farragut received its Spring Cleaning today. Lots of work goes into keeping the facility in top shape.  In addition to the grounds, new lockers and flooring being installed in Locker Room.  Special thanks to all players and parents who assisted in the annual work today.


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Kevin McCarthy signs with Roane State

Congrats to Kevin McCarthy on becoming the sixth member of this Admiral Senior Class to commit to play College Baseball.  The Raiders are getting an excellent infielder.

Freeman committs to Lee University

Senior Justen Freeman announced last week he will play Baseball at Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee.

xcvCongratulation to Justen and this is an excellent get for the Flames.


4 Baseball Admirals Ink on Signing Day

15032839_1435451556484117_6852527943248599845_nFarragut Baseball Senior Class of 2017 has 4 players participating in FHS Signing Day.  Pictured below are 2 Lipscomb signees, Chandler Chambers and Carson Wright. Cleveland State gets  Collin Grove and Middle Tennessee State University lands Jake Hagenow.

Congratulations to the players and their families on continuing the Admiral Baseball Legacy of representing Ad Baseball on the next level.