Cannon shots for cannon arm: Admirals’ batting broadside sinks Govs
By Marcus Fitzsimmons | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kyle Serrano lit up the radar guns, Farragut stroked three home runs out of Charlie Puleo Field and the Admirals sailed back to West Knoxville Wednesday night with a muddy 13-1 District 4-AAA win over William Blount.
Serrano was once again the center of attention on the mound as a crowd of scouts held plastic over their radar guns to watch the senior continually hit above 90 with a fastball and breaking ball the let him cruise after giving up one run in the first. The senior struck out eight of the 17 he faced giving up two walks and three hits over four innings.
“We’re pretty adjusted it to but it’s getting more and more of them though as we get closer to the draft,” Farragut coach Matt Buckner said.
The Govs (12-14, 7-7 District 4-AAA) got a first-inning RBI-triple from Lane Bloom to score Sean Patterson, who drew a lead-off walk, but it was all WB could muster against the pro prospect.
“They came out and hit it. Serrano is a heck of a pitcher and we can’t give up 13 runs in that situation. When they have a guy like that on the mound we have to try and limit their runs,” WB skipper Justin Young told The Daily Times. “When they got up 7-1 we knew it would be an uphill battle and they finished it. They did what good teams do and extended it.”
Farragut (21-7, 11-2) took a 3-0 lead after Georgia commitment Nick Senzel took advantage of the outbound gusts moving the rain away with a two-run shot to dead right and Alex Shuettler added a ribbie single against Derick Robinson (L). The admirals batted around in the third getting a leadoff homer from David Logan before Anthony El Chabini connected on a bases-loaded, two-run single in a four-run frame. Farragut added four more in fourth and got a two-run shot from Brett Hagenow in the fifth.
William Blount finishes the district slate at .500 and a good lock on fifth owning a tie-breaker over Heritage even if the Mountaineers win their last two conference games. Farragut locked up first place over Catholic and concludes 4-AAA play at Lenoir City on Monday.
The Govs conclude the season hosting Alcoa today for Senior Night and then play an in-school game with Anderson County.
Staying grounded: The game was originally slated for 6 p.m. but just as the players started to take the field a lone green blob on the weather radar turned left and hovered over the field for a five-minute down pour that dropped the temperature. Not to be outdone, the Govs ground crew sprung into action and within 25 minutes had the tarp back off and quick dry worked into the dirt and ready for the first pitch.
“When we got over here it was fine despite the rain we’d had today,” Young said. “Right about game time it started pouring but we got some good help from people that do a lot for this program and five or six of them were out there working on it and got it ready and we’re thankful for that. They do a great job.”
The rain returned in a cold mist in the fourth as the temperature continued to drop. Farragut headed for the bus for its postgame meeting after sitting through the rain delay and dropping temps.
“It just makes it miserable to play baseball but that’s part of it and we’ve gotten used to it this year just like everybody else around here,” Buckner said. “Its frustrating but it is what it is.”