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Rebuilding 2006 Baseball Ads have 39 in ‘Fall Ball’
Inaugural FHS Alumni game set for Oct. 15


The building blocks of Class AAA state championship baseball are first assembled in Fall-Ball.

That’s been the pattern in recent seasons for head coach Tommy Pharr and his Farragut High School varsity baseball team.

Tying for third in the state last spring after consecutive Class AAA state titles in 2003 and 2004 along with finishing in the top-5 nationally in both state title seasons, Pharr said he’s probably facing his biggest rebuilding job going into his ninth year at FHS.

As for Fall-Ball’s major purpose, “More for our new guys, get a feel for how things are done,” Pharr said. “It’s a good time for our guys, we have so many guys who don’t play anything but baseball. Just to get the guys together and see where they’re going to fit in and be around each other.”


The FHS skipper said 39 student-athletes are participating in Fall-Ball in preparation for the 2006 spring season, 25 of which will land on the varsity roster next March.

“And it’s a real good opportunity for our pitchers to kinda get some good work in, it’s a good time of year for them ’cause, [although] we play games, they don’t have to pitch a ton, they don’t have to pitch a lot of innings so they get to work on a lot of things,” Pharr added. “They can work on a new pitch or, we try to work on their deliveries, make their deliveries a little better. Try to video tape ’em. … Build arm strength.”

While Pharr said he’s allowed to work hands-on with the pitchers, hitters and non-pitching fielders are not allowed the same attention from any high school coach.

“From the [Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association rules] we’re not supposed to do anything,” Pharr said. “We set up stations and they just hit through their stations and kinda work more on their own.”

Unlike some coaches who choose to play other teams in the fall, Pharr said he prefers the Admirals limit their games to intra-squad contests. “That way we can play everybody — you don’t get into a deal where you have to figure out who to play and who to sit,” the FHS skipper said.

Farragut’s Fall-Ball runs from “the second week after school starts … and we try and finish up that first week of October,” Pharr said, adding that Fall-Ball ends with an intra-squad “best two-out-of-three-game-series.”

Thursday evening intra-squad games throughout Fall-Ball — usually either one seven-inning or two five-innings games — are between upperclassmen “and there’s a couple of young kids in that group, too,” Pharr said. “Monday nights are pretty much all freshmen and sophomores.”

Any Farragut High School student who didn’t get a chance to participate in Fall Ball — or simply decides he wants to play come early next February — can try-out beginning Feb. 14, Pharr said.

ALUMNI GAME

“In an effort to connect the Admiral Baseball family,” Pharr said he and others are organizing the inaugural Farragut High School Baseball Alumni Game beginning at noon, Saturday, Oct. 15, at John Heatherly Field.

“We want to bring back as many former players as possible for a day of baseball, fun, and fellowship,” Pharr said. “We will have food and would love for people to bring their family. We will also provide child-care for little ones.

“It is my desire that they might see friends that they haven’t seen in years and make new friends for the years to come. We plan on making this an annual event. ...”

For those thinking they are either too old or too out of shape to play, “… we’ll modify the game to help everyone out,” Pharr said. “Even if you have no desire to play we still would like for them to come out and be a part of this.”

For more information, contact Kim Cobb at 865-567-3190 (weekdays after 6 p.m.) or Pharr at 865-777-4067.

 

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