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FHS third-baseman Philip Sherrard is mesmerized by a fast approaching ball during Friday’s game against West.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
Kyle Waldrop laid the groundwork with his pitching before sending the fans home with his bat. The state’s top-ranked Class AAA Farragut Admirals grabbed its first District 4-AAA baseball win of the season Friday against West at John Heatherly Field.

Pitching five innings of no-hit baseball to go with nine strikeouts, the pre-season All-American senior ended the game in the bottom of the sixth with a three-run homer in the Admirals’ 12-0 romp. He also smacked a triple at the plate, while on the mound Waldrop walked only one Rebel.

Sophomore Rob Catapano closed out the combined no-hitter with two strikeouts in the top of the sixth.

Cody Brown and Drew Reagan each added two-run homers for the winners, whose record stood at 3-0 overall, 2-0 in the district, after Monday’s Farragut victory.


Giving up two first-inning runs didn’t exactly rattle Catapano Monday in a 12-2 whipping of district foe William Blount at FHS.

That was all the run production William Blount could muster at chilly John Heatherly Field, as Catapano fired a five-inning one-hitter.

Catapano settled down after two first-inning walks and a critical outfield error allowed the two William Blount runners to score without a hit. After the first inning, the sophomore lefty allowed only two baserunners the rest of the way while striking out the side in the fourth.

“Rob pitched well after the first inning ... once he got through that,” FHS head coach Tommy Pharr said. “Cody Brown’s been killing the ball pretty good for us.”

Harrison Eldridge’s five RBIs set the stage offensively, and Brown’s fifth-inning grand-slam to right field was the decisive blow for FHS .

An RBI double by Scott Dean in the bottom of the second cut the Governor lead to 2-1 before the inning’s big blow. Following a David King single and a fielder’s choice out, Eldridge blasted a three-run homer deep over the right field fence, making it 4-2.

Senior third baseman Philip Sherrard, who ended with three hits, scored after his bunt single.

Third inning singles by Riley Jennings and King set the stage for Eldridge’s two-out, two RBI single that made it 8-2. King’s infield hit also brought home a run.

Fifth-inning singles from pinch-hitter John Pigg and Sherrard, along with two walks, set the stage for Brown.


Starting shortstop Tony Delmonico is nursing a broken thumb that Pharr said will keep the talented sophomore out “I think four to five weeks ... hopefully he’ll be back the third week in April.”

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