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Double-play helps Catapano loosen-up early in bracket final against Munford

MEMPHIS — A simple ground ball in the first inning may have been the biggest factor in Farragut’s 3-1 victory against Munford (26-7 record) Friday that lifted the nation’s No.4-ranked Ads into the Class AAA state title game Saturday night.

Young FHS sophomore lefty Rob Catapano admitted to being “pretty nervous” as he started Friday’s bracket finals game.

Following a one-out walk in the top of the first inning, Catapano fielded a grounder and turned a huge double play. “After the first inning when I got that ground ball and turned that double play is when I started to settle down,” Catapano said.

Catapano, the team’s No. 2 pitcher, fired a complete game four-hitter with eight strikeouts. After the double play, the young lefty did not give up another walk.

A Philip Sherrard double and Riley Jennings sacrifice-fly RBI pushed FHS ahead 1-0 in the second inning. Kyle Waldrop’s double and Scott Dean’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0 in the third.

Harrison Eldridge led off the fourth with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a fly-out and scored on a wild pitch.

Although that was all Catapano needed, “I had a little more pressure than I usually have ’cause I’m usually pitching with a big lead,” he said. “I felt pretty good about it. My curve ball is probably the one that helped me out the most and then getting ahead with the fastball.”

Catapano’s lone run given up was a fourth-inning home run by Cody Overbeck.

“He did great, that was my fault, the run,” FHS head coach Tommy Pharr said. “That was a bad pitch call. Rob, he’s tough, he doesn’t let a whole lot bother him. He gets after it, he’s not too scared of anything ... he’s just tough mentally, to a lot of kids that would be a pressure situation. He gave up a home run but bounced right back. Threw his breaking ball extremely well.”


Twelve runs combined in the second and third innings propelled the Ads in a second-round thrashing of Hunters Lane last Thursday.

Cody Brown’s 4-for-4 hitting effort, including three RBIs, along with David King’s two hits, including a home run and four RBIs, lifted FHS to a 16-6 victory.

Jennings connected for two hits and four RBIs while Eldridge smacked a pair of doubles and brought in three runs. Tony Delmonico added a home run and a double, while Waldrop had two hits.


The bottom half of Farragut’s line-up provided most of the punch as the Admirals opened defense of its 2003 state baseball title with a victory against Munford May 26. A four-run sixth-inning was plenty of insurance as Farragut whipped MHS 7-1 in opening round action.

No. 5 hitter Dean went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, No. 7 Jennings was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, No. 8 Reagan had one hit and two RBIs, and No. 6 Sherrard was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

Staff ace pitcher Waldrop went the distance, allowing one earned run and four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts.

Up 3-0 going to the top of the sixth, Jennings’ two-RBI single made it 5-0 before Reagan’s RBI triple upped the lead to 6-0. Eldridge drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly.

David King added one RBI earlier in the game.


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