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Farragut pitchers stop Lenoir City cold
Catapano perfect versus LCHS; beats Goodpasture


Tighten up the delivery and adjust the leg kick a bit: a formula for perfection that played out 24 hours later for Rob Catapano.

Farragut’s senior staff ace, Catapano got some hands-on pitching adjustment tips from FHS head coach Tommy Pharr on Sunday, April 9, then proceeded to fire his first-ever perfect game the next day in a 13-0 victory against Lenoir City at FHS.


“He hadn’t thrown well the time before, and I just felt like there were a couple of things mechanically that he was doing different, and I was just trying to get him back to the Rob he was,” Pharr said. “His balance may have been off just a little bit, his leg kick was a little bit different. ... Not as [much] in control of his body. ... Just trying to get him back a little tighter with his delivery. I think that helped his confidence. He does adjust pretty easily.

Catapano struck out 10 in a five-inning complete game effort.

The Ads entered the week 13-10-1 overall, 5-4 in District 4-AAA.

Against LCHS, Barton Ivy smashed two homers, plus a single, worth five RBIs. David Reynolds had a three-run homer and a single. Chip Eskew had a two-RBI single.

During the Brentwood Tournament April 14-15, Catapano went the distance to beat Goodpasture, allowing three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in a 5-2 win. Ivy’s two-out RBI single broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth-inning. Eskew had two hits, and Reynolds and Michael Williams each had two hits and an RBI.

Pitcher Bryan Powell allowed one run in eight innings, as FHS and Overton tied 1-1 (time limit) April 14. “Bryan threw a really good game,” Pharr said. Williams and Catapano each had two hits.

Despite an 8-2 loss to Harpeth Saturday, Ivy had three hits that included a double, scoring both FHS runs. Matt Ramsey had three hits, while Ty Nelson had two.

Losing to Red Bank 7-4 in the final tourney game Saturday, Perry Griffin led the way with three hits. Sam Judkins added two.

In a 4-2 win against Sevier County April 12, winning pitcher Lawson Cheek struck out five with no walks while allowing six hits. Reliever Jordan Cooper had two strikeouts to close-out the game in the seventh. Ramsey relieved in the sixth without a baserunner.

Cade Stallings hit a home run plus a single, while Ivy had a pair of doubles. Kurt Powell had two hits.

 

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