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Throwin’ back to yesteryear
Ads, Wildcats don vintage uniforms for nostalgic afternoon at Farragut’s John Heatherly Field


Turn Back the Clock evening for the Farragut High School baseball team at FHS’s John Heatherly Field was more like turn back the clock on the Farragut sports season — another big loss to Oak Ridge.

With both teams wearing uniforms styled for the 1920s and 30s and using wooden bats during this Thursday, April 14, celebration of the past, Tommy Pharr’s two-time defending Class AAA state champions didn’t have its season ended by the Wildcats like the FHS football and basketball teams had during the past six months.

But a fifth-inning, two-out grand slam gave ORHS a 5-4 lead it never relinquished in an eventual 7-4 victory.


As for using wooden bats, “It’s a little different, wooden bats are a little heavier, you don’t usually get as much carry on the ball,” said FHS senior center fielder Clay Ivy. “Whenever you play with wood it kinda makes the game a little bit more equal no matter who the two teams are. … I wouldn’t have a problem doing it again. I don’t think that’s the reason we lost.”

Baserunning mistakes in the first, second and fourth innings all killed Farragut rallies, especially the first two innings where a FHS runner was thrown out at home after hesitating on the basepaths, followed by two pick-offs.

Coach Pharr was not pleased with his team’s performance.

“… We had a double-play ball, all we got to do is catch it … too fancy, don’t catch it, can’t pitch, can’t locate,” the coach said. “The first inning we run ourselves out of an inning (when) we’d probably score two runs.

 

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