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Admiral diamond speedster going to ECU


Harrison Eldridge, Farragut’s feared flash at the leadoff spot for the Class AAA state champion Admirals, is heading east to play college baseball. The talented 17-year-old outfielder has committed to East Carolina University of Greenville, N.C.

“I loved the coaches, I liked the players, and everybody was really great,” Eldridge said about head coach Randy Mazey and his program. Mazey is a former UT assistant under Rod Delmonico. “I took into consideration all the other schools I was looking at, and I just felt like I fit in at East Carolina.”

Eldridge said he made up his mind on Oct. 20 after a visit the weekend before, choosing East Carolina over Kentucky, Ole Miss, East Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee State and Birmingham Southern.

The ECU Pirates almost made it to Omaha, Neb. and the 2001 College World Series, but were turned back by Delmonico and the Vols in the Super Regionals.

Eldridge, second on the FHS team with a .446 average while leading the state in drawing walks last season, said he is projected to be an outfielder at ECU, as he’s been since his freshman year at FHS.

In addition to being a catalyst for Tommy Pharr’s state champs, Eldridge made noise on a national scale this summer. A member of a Tennessee high school aged all-star team that won the Sunbelt Classic in Oklahoma among 10 of the nation’s better summer league teams, Eldridge was named the classic’s Most Valuable Player.

In 10 games, Eldridge hit .414 with eight extra-base hits.

“Harrison, he can hit,” FHS head coach Tommy Pharr said. “He can run ... he’s very good under pressure, which will be a big plus for him, I think, in college. He’s a great clutch hitter. I don’t think he’s going to have any trouble being successful on the collegiate level.”

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