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Farragut bounces back strong during SportsBelle Classic

Despite missing two starters to injury, Tommy Pharr was seved well by freshmen and sophomores as his Farragut Admirals finished strong in the annual SportsBelle Classic Saturday, April 1, at FHS’s John Heatherly Field.

Closing the Classic with victories against Father Ryan, 12-4, and McCallie, 9-6, the Ads shook off a mid-week loss to archrival Bearden (see story on this page) and won five of seven games last week. Farragut entered the week 9-5 overall, 3-2 in District 4-AAA

“We’re banged and bruised right now, playing a lot of different folks, and guys did a good job,” said Pharr, FHS head coach, alluding to missing senior first baseman David Reynolds (sprained ankle) and junior shortstop Barton Ivy (knee). “ Our young pitchers pitched pretty well.”

While Rob Catapano’s two home runs and five RBIs led the way offensively against Father Ryan, winning freshman pitcher Jordan Cooper allowed four hits in four innings while walking three and striking out one.

Freshman Cade Stallings worked one inning of relief, allowing one run and one walk while striking out one.

Sophomores Joey Delmonico and Zach Allen each had two hits.

Against McCallie, freshman starting pitcher Mac Thoreson worked six innings, overcoming a rocky first inning while allowing six runs, seven hits, one walk and one hit batter with eight strikeouts.

Sophomore reliever Shane Glarrow allowed two hits and a walk to begin the seventh, but worked out of it by inducing two pop-outs and a strikeout.

Offensively, sophomore Andrew Martland filled in nicely as a starter with three hits. Catapano also had three hits, including a double, while Stallings, Ryan Bentley and freshman Kurt Powell each had two hits. Stallings’ two-RBI double in the bottom of the first capped a six-run explosion.

Farragut began its four-game Saturday with an 8-2 win versus Brentwood at FHS. Winning pitcher Hunter Newby, a sophomore, went the distance while allowing only five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Offensively, sophomore Matt Ramsey led the way with three hits, including a double, while Ty Nelson added a pair of doubles.

“We’re probably hitting better now, we’re swinging the bats pretty good,” Pharr said. “That’s probably the biggest improvement right now.”

That’s despite a 5-2 loss to Science Hill Saturday afternoon, Farragut’s only SportsBelle setback in a tournament cut short by rain Friday in which no champion was crowned.

The Admirals began the SportsBelle Classic Thursday, March 30, with an 8-2 victory against Anderson County at FHS.

Winning pitcher Ramsey went the distance, allowing four hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Kurt Powell and Ramsey led the offense with two hits each, including a double by both. Stallings and Eskew each homered.


A four-run fifth-inning keyed the Admiral offense, as Farragut withstood a late Rebel rally to edge Maryville 8-6 Monday, March 27, in a district game at MHS.

Winning pitcher Lawson Cheek allowed just two runs and five hits with no walks in five innings of work.

Nelson led the FHS offense with three hits, including a pair of doubles, and three RBIs. Kurt Powell added a pair of doubles.

After 1 2/3 innings of work, reliever Michael Joseph gave way to Ramsey, who got out of a jam with a game-ending strikeout.


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