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Nation’s No. 3 FHS train rolls along in district


Key defensive plays just when momentum seems to be slipping away, making six hits count thanks to four home runs, and seeing your staff ace keep his perfect earned run average in tact despite giving up four hits in one inning.

That’s Farragut High School baseball — never perfect, but just darn good when it has to be. That’s why Tommy Pharr’s defending Class AAA state champs are currently No. 3 in the latest BaseballAmerica poll in addition to No. 1 in Tennessee (38-2 record as of Monday).


After staff ace and All-American candidate Kyle Waldrop was rocked with four hits in the fifth-inning of an eventual 7-3 victory against Maryville in second-round action of the District 4-AAA tournament Saturday at FHS, the senior superstar wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam when one hit meant a tie game.

South-Doyle pitcher Lee Vannoy limited the Admiral sticks to just six hits in seven innings — but four of those were home runs by Tony Delmonico, Scott Dean, Philip Sherrard and Harrison Eldridge in a 9-1 Admiral win Monday at FHS.

“Tony had a great at-bat and hit the ball out,” coach Pharr said. “Their kid (Vannoy) threw the ball well.”

While Vannoy recorded nine strikeouts while giving up four walks, it was just another “ho-hum” solid effort from sophomore lefty Rob Catapano.

The team’s young No. 2 pitcher ran his unbeaten record to 10-0 by allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out 10. “He’s solid, he’s been that way all year,” Pharr said. “He competes well and he’s been hard to handle.”

As for the increased pressure of post-season play, “Rob, he’s not a guy that lets a whole lot bother him, one way or another,” Pharr said.

The FHS skipper also praised David King’s perfect peg from left-field to nail a SDHS runner trying to stretch a single into a double.

Pharr used the term “big time play” to describe Delmonico’s backhand stop of a grounder in which the sophomore shortstop alertly found a Cherokee runner stuck between second and third and got him caught in a successful rundown.

EARLY TOURNEY WINS

Waldrop’s grand-slam, Dean’s three-run homer and Cody Brown’s three-run homer highlighted a 15-0 win against Sevier County Saturday at FHS.

In the 7-3 win against MHS, Delmonico provided three hits and two RBIs, including a triple. Brown smacked a solo home run.

 

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