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Pharr’s 40-2 baseballers await sectional foe

Collecting its 40th win of the season Monday night in a 12-0 romp over Karns, the nation’s No.3-ranked Farragut High School baseball team is one win away from returning to Memphis and defending its Class AAA state title.

Regardless of Wednesday’s Region 2-AAA championship game against Halls, Farragut (40-2 record) has earned a sectional game Friday. A win Friday sends FHS back to state.


The Admirals rolled over the South Doyle Cherokees 11-2 to capture the District 4-AAA Tournament championship May 12 at John Heatherly Field.

The Cherokees kept the Admirals in check through four innings, allowing only one run and holding a 2-1 lead.

Farragut’s big fifth inning was highlighted with a two-run homerun by junior Cody Brown and a grand slam by Drew Reagan.

The six run inning opened the door to a slugfest for Admiral hitters, as Kyle Waldrop, Scott Dean, and Philip Sherrard hit homeruns in the sixth.

Waldrop, whose current earned run average is about 0.01, pitched a complete game while striking out six Cherokee hitters.

“Kyle pitched good enough to keep us in the ball game, gave us a chance, Drew got a big hit when we needed it.” FHS head coach Tommy Pharr said. “We played really good defense, (a) solid effort by everybody.”


Waldrop was perfect through four innings of play, striking out eight Beaver batters while allowing no hits in Monday’s region semifinal. Waldrop’s bid for a perfect game was spoiled in the fifth when Alex Henry singled.

Waldrop recovered and earned the victory with a 10 strikeout performance in a five-inning game.

“We played good, Kyle pitched great, we swung the bats,” Pharr said of his team’s performance.

Waldrop also lead the Admiral offensive attack with two hits on the day, including a two-run homerun in the first inning got things started offensively for Farragut.

“When Kyle hit that ball out in the first inning it gave us a little momentum.” Pharr said. “We feel like we got a good chance with him on the mound, people aren’t going to score a whole lot.”

The Admirals continued to pound the ball. FHS scored on RBI singles by Riley Jennings and Sherrard, and scored runs on wild pitches and walks.

Harrison Eldridge’s three-run blast in the bottom of the fourth pushed the Farragut lead to 12, forcing the slaughter rule to come in effect.


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