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Farragut Baseball, Inc. spring
First of a two-part series

Coming off what was labeled as a “successful year” by its president, Farragut Baseball, Inc. is actively looking to improve its product for about 1,000 youth participants ages 5 to 18.

Many of improvements have already been realized, said first year FB, Inc. president Jeff Gary, a long-time volunteer/coach and league official. Gary has highlighted “bragging points” from the 2006 Spring Season while outlining administrative and facilities improvements and future plans.

Bragging points:

• The first-place Roberto Clemente League (7-8-year-olds) champ Braves competed in the state 8-and-Under tournament.

• Five Willie Mays “Rec” teams (9-10) competed in various tournaments throughout the season.

• Eight of the 16 Willie Mays teams and numerous Sandy Koufax Travel teams (13-14) competed in a variety of tournaments.

• The River Cats won the Knox County 12-U tourney and advanced to quarterfinals at state. Also, three other Pee Wee Reese Travel teams (11-12) and one Pee Wee Reese Rec team competed in the Knox tourney. The Red Sox also advanced to state quarterfinal action.

• A local soft drink company is treating Farragut Rec Tournament champions to a Tennessee Smokies game in a luxury suite in Smokies Park: Machine Pitch League Braves, Roberto Clemente Braves, Willie Mays Rockies, Pee Wee Reese Reds and Sandy Koufax Astros.

• Farragut Days Tournament in May and June Jam tourney were the most successful in years.

Administrative improvements:

• Devised and implemented “volunteer-based” concessions program that saved money.

• A change in soft drink sponsors resulted in new scoreboards at all six fields that have timers.

• Streamlined player registration process.

• Worked with Knox County on safety issues relating to Northshore Drive and the parking lot at Fields No. 1 and 2. Temporary safety fencing was erected and speed bumps added to Fields No. 1 and 2 parking lots. New signage has been placed along Northshore Drive leading to and around the ballparks.

• Enjoyed successful Opening Day fund-raiser April 1 at the park.

Read about facilities improvements and future plans in next week’s farragutpress.


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