Opening Week of Baseball Season



Admirals pray before their season opener at West High School.

Baseball season is back. The Ads started their season this week at West. The season opener was a nail biter that ended up in Farragut losing to West 2-0. On the mound for the Ads was Tennessee signee, Drew Patterson. He threw four shutout innings only giving up two hits five strikeouts and gave up zero runs.


Patterson says, “I felt really good…fastball and curveball was working good change up was kinda flat so we stayed away from that…we just got unlucky at the wrong time and made some little mistakes” 

Going into the bottom of the sixth inning the score was 0-0. Ben Zyburt on the mound for the Ads, got the first out of the sixth by a strikeout and then a shallow pop up was hit to right field and it fell in between Parker Evans and Reese Valeriano. Later in the inning, Adam Birkholz came in and gave up a two-run single top West’s DH RJ Collins. The Ads later went on to go three up three down in the top of the seventh and the Rebels won 2-0. 


Ads ace, Ryan Hagenow, was on the mound going up against Heritage’s Blake Cooper. Going into the top of the third inning it was scoreless. Tanner Kim, Hudson Seiglar, and Parker Evans all walked to load the bases up having Angus Pence come up to the plate with the bases loaded. Pence ended up walking getting the Ads on the board. I’m the bottom of the fourth, Heritage’s Hayden Gillian led off the inning with a single and Riley Tipton came up next. Tipton got a slider over the plate and took it over the left field wall. Heritage goes up 2-1. In the top of the seventh, Bryce Burkey gets hit by a pitch and Hunter Merrick comes to the plate. Merrick worked the at-bat and got it to a full count. He got a hanging curveball and deposited it over the right center field wall. Ads went up 3-2. Merrick proceeded to come back out to pitch in the bottom of the seventh and shut the Moutaineers down in order to win the ball game. 

Merrick stated, “I was just trying to keep my swing simple and not do too much and try to find a way on base and I just got lucky.” 


Starting for the Ads last night was Hunter Caywood. He went 5 strong innings giving up only one hit and one run. The Ads got on the board in the top of the third on a solo homerun from Hunter Merrick. After that, Tanner Kim was hit by a pitch and Hudson Seigler walked bringing up Bryce Burkey. Burkey laid down a bunt scoring Kim. Cal Stark walked to bring up Parker Evans who grounded out to the third baseman scoring Seigler to make the score 3-0 in favor of Farragut. In the bottom of the fourth, Lenoir City’s Wyatt Collins got a hanging curveball and put it over the left field wall. In the top of the fifth, the Ads added to their lead. Burkey started off the inning with a single and Stark followed up with a single up the middle to bring up Evans. He hit a sharp ground ball up the middle scoring Burkey making the lead 4-1. Caywood continued to mow down the Panthers. In the top of the sixth, Angus Pence got a hold of a ball and sent it to the parking lot over the left field fence making the score 5-1 Ads.  That would go on to be the final score.

Pence said, “The pitcher was throwing a little slower than we are used to seeing so I moved up in the box and tried to stay simple and hit it middle to backside.”


In the bottom of the sixth the sophomore Jaxson Pease came in to pitch. Pease was lights out facing seven batters giving up one hit and striking out six. Pease went one-two-three in the bottom of the seventh closing the game out the win for the Admirals. Final score 5-1.