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Late-inning rally keeps Farragut baseball perfect in Kevin Calia tourney

McMinn County could only hold down Farragut for so long.

Riley Jennings, FHS veteran second baseman, keyed the Admirals’ late rally vs. the Cherokees during the final game of the annual Kevin Calia Tournament at Bearden‘s Garner Field Saturday, April 23.

Jennings’ two-RBI double to deep center field with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the sixth inning erased a 3-2 McMinn lead, as the Admirals eventually tallied four runs to win 6-3 and end the classic unbeaten with three victories.

"It was a change-up, he left it up," Jennings said of his clutch hit. "He was throwing off-speed the whole game. …"

Farragut, which entered the week 21-6 overall, 10-1 in District 4-AAA, enjoyed a 16-4 revenge victory vs. Oak Ridge Thursday, April 21, in six innings at Oak Ridge as part of its Kevin Calia run.

Once again, Jennings rose to the occasion thanks to a pair of home runs and three hits total. Clay Ivy, Cody Brown and David Reynolds each had two hits for FHS.

The Ads also beat Sullivan North 7-4 Saturday morning, and led Karns 1-0 before being rained out Friday.

"I feel like we’re starting to come along," Jennings said. "We’re hittin’ it hard, that’s the main thing."


McMinn held a 2-0 lead when Chip Eskew’s groundout plated the first FHS run in the fourth inning.

A throwing error allowed Farragut to tie the game 2-2 in the fifth, but the Admirals left the bases loaded to end the inning.

Farragut starter Bryan Powell pitched five innings before giving way in the sixth to Tyler Duke, then Rob Catapano.

The Cherokees used two singles and two walks to plate the go-ahead run, 3-2, but Catapano pitched out of a bases-loaded, one out jam thanks to back-to-back strikeouts.

Tony Delmonico’s RBI infield hit upped the Admiral lead to 5-3, then an error brought home the final FHS run in the sixth.

Delmonico moved from shortstop to the mound in the seventh, setting down the Cherokees in order with two strikeouts.

As he has done with starter and staff ace Catapano, FHS head coach Tommy Pharr said Delmonico will both start and see time as a closer the rest of 2005.

“Tony came in and slammed the door there pretty good,” Pharr said. "They’ve got a good ballclub, they’re solid. It was a good win, to battle through and score some runs."

As for the Calia tourney as a whole, "We played well ... We pitched pretty good and played pretty good defense and had some timely hits. It was a good weekend all-in-all,” Pharr said.


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