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.”


Farragut Holds Off Pigeon Forge For Victory, 8-7

Despite seeing its seven-run lead whittled down by the end, the Admirals held off Pigeon Forge for an 8-7 victory on Friday. Pigeon Forge scored six runs in the comeback on a walk by Kolton Hicks, a walk by Brock Browning, a groundout by Dawson Day, and a home run by Kendall Rolen.

Farragut grabbed an early lead in the second inning when Justen Freeman scooted home on a passed ball.

Landon Smiddy earned the win for Farragut Admirals Varsity. He went two innings, giving up no runs on 2 hits. Five relievers helped the Admirals close out the victory.  Collin Grove pitched one inning, Jake Hagenow one inning, and Cade Burkey threw two innings.  Parker Noland and Justen Freeman pitched the seventh.

Farragut had 11 hits in the game.  Zach Yunger and Jake Hagenow each collected multiple hits.  Yunger led Farragut Admirals Varsitywith three hits in four at bats.  Hagenow collected a solo homer  in the 3rd and an RBI triple in the 6th inning.

The Admirals travel to Maryville on Monday to face the Rebels in a D4AAA game.  They return home to the Ballpark at Farragut to face the Bearden Bulldogs at 6:30 on Wednesday.

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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Admirals Win Back-And-Forth Affair Against HVA, 9-5

Farragut defeated Hardin Valley Academy 9-5 in a back-and-forth affair in the Admirals home opener on Wednesday. The game was tied at five in the bottom of the fifth when Cade Burkey singled off of Nathan Johnson, driving in two runs.

Farragut (8-1; 2-1 D4AAA) earned the victory despite allowing HVA’s 3 runs in the fourth inning. Hardin Valley Academy’s big inning was driven by a walk by Dawson Byard and a single by Drew Parks.

Owen Kovacs earned the win for the Admirals. He tossed the 3 final innings, allowing 1 run, 4 hits, and striking out five.

Zach Joyce started the game for Farragut. He tossed 3.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on no hits, and striking out six.  Brad Day came on in relief in the 4th inning.

Home runs for Farragut Admirals Varsity came when Parker Noland homered in the first inning and Jake Hagenow homered in the third inning.

Farragut Admirals Varsity had seven hits in the game.  Zach Yunger and Cade Burkey each collected multiple hits for Farragut Admirals Varsity.

The Admirals continue with their homestand with a Friday game versus the Pigeon Forge Tigers.  After a Monday game at Maryville, the Admirals will host Bearden on Wednesday.

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Admirals Even D4AAA Record, Win Over Lenoir City, 10-3

The Admirals jumped out to an early lead over Lenoir City and took home a 10-3 rain-shortened victory on Tuesday. Farragut scored on a double by Jake Hagenow and a triple by Cade Burkey in the first inning.
Farragut Admirals Varsity (7-1, 1-1 D4AAA) scored three runs in the third inning. The big inning was sparked by Ashton King’s walk.
Drew Patterson earned the win for Farragut Admirals Varsity. He went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs, 5 hits, striking out 7, and walking one. Landon Smiddy was pitching in the 6th when the game was called by weather.
Farragut had nine hits in the game. Chandler Chambers and Justen Freeman each collected multiple hits.
The Admirals return home to the Ballpark at Farragut for another D4AAA contest on Wednesday, with a 6:30 game versus Hardin Valley. The homestead continues with a Friday evening tilt against the Pigeon Forge Tigers on Friday.


Due to the impending stormy weather forecast for later today, game times for both Varsity and JV are moved up one hour.

The Varsity game at Lenoir City will begin at 5:00. The Admiral JV will host the Lenoir City JV, also beginning at 5:00.

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.

West’s Early Lead To Win Over Admirals, 2-1


The Admirals fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 2-1 D4AAA loss to West on Monday. West took the lead on a groundout in the first inning.

The pitching was strong on both sides. West pitchers struck out seven, while Farragut sat down three Rebel batters.

West took the early 1-0 lead on an errant pickoff throw to third, allowing Swanson to score, who had reached on a fly ball to left that was just out of the reach of Zach Yunger.

Adam Cupp earned the win for West. He went 7 innings, allowing 1 run, 6 hits, and striking out seven.  Ryan Hagenow took the loss for Farragut. He tossed 3.2 innings, allowing 2 runs, 3 hits, striking out 2, and walking one.  Brad Day pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing no runs on 3 hits.

The Admirals collected six hits.  Cade BurkeyChandler Chambers, and Carson Wright each collected multiple hits.  Ashton King scored the lone Admiral run in the 4th, on Carson Wright’s RBI double.

The Admirals continue in D4AAA play on Tuesday with a 6:00 game scheduled against Lenoir City.  On Wednesday, the Admirals open their home slate with a 6:30 contest versus Hardin Valley.