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Pharr gets 300th win at Scenic City Classic

CHATTANOOGA — Though not up to its Scenic City Classic standards of recent years, the Farragut High School baseball team enjoyed a milestone win while managing to split four games at the annual showdown last weekend.

In his ninth season as Admiral skipper, head coach Tommy Pharr collected his 300th win at FHS following a 2-1 victory against Memphis University School Thursday, March 23.

“Everyone associated with Farragut High School is proud to have Tommy Pharr as the head coach,” said Chuck Griffin, president of Farragut Dugout Club, Inc., about the two-time state champion coach. “He is not only respected across the state of Tennessee, but nationally as well. This milestone is even more impressive when you realize he has only been here since nineteen-ninety-eight.”

The Admirals, whose record stood at 4-3 overall and 2-1 in District 4-AAA entering the week, lost a wild Friday clash to Memphis Overton 12-11.

Farragut bounced back Saturday to down Murfrees-boro Oakland 9-3 before ending Scenic City Classic play with a 6-4 loss to McCallie Saturday.

Against MUS, winning pitcher Rob Catapano struck out 16 without a walk in six inning of work as the starter.

Reliever Michael Joseph had one strikeout in a three-up, three-down seventh.

Zach Allen’s second inning RBI single was the eventual game-winning hit. Cade Stallings and Matt Ramsey each had two hits, while Barton Ivy and Chip Eskew had key hits.

Overton scored in the bottom of the sixth (six-inning game due to time) on a sacrifice fly after a single and two hit-batters loaded the bases.

Bryan Powell’s RBI single tied the game 11-11 in the top of the sixth.

Allen led FHS with three hits, followed by Ivy, Ryan Bentley, Ty Nelson and Stallings with two each.

Against Oakland Saturday, winning pitcher Hunter Newby allowed five hits with three strikeouts, no walks and two hit-batters in five innings of work.

Stallings had two strikeouts while allowing two hits in two innings of relief.

David Reynolds, Michael Williams, Stallings and Ivy each had two hits. Powell had a two-RBI single in Farragut’s five-run fifth inning. Eskew and Allen also had RBI singles in the fifth.

Against McCallie, Nelson and Stallings each had two hits to lead the Admiral offense.

FHS plays in the SportsBelle Classic March 30-April 1.


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