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Farragut Baseball lost seven seniors from last season’s Class AAA state title team, including key arms.

“On the mound we’ve got a lot of good arms, but we lost a lot of wins from last year,” FHS head coach Pharr said. “By the end of the year we should be in good shape, hopefully. There’s going to be some growing pains.”

Behind staff ace Matt Ramsey, a junior, is sophomore Jordan Cooper, "one of our top pitchers" according to Pharr. Cooper also is battling for the right field job.

Behind Ramsey and Cooper on the mound are sophomore Mac Thoreson, senior Perry Griffin and junior Hunter Newby, who are all competing for the starting first base job. “Cooper, Thoreson and Newby have all pitched really well in the early going,” Pharr said. Junior Shane Glarrow will be used “more in a closer type role.”

Ramsey will start in center field when not on the mound. “He's obviously one of our better hitters, he's got a chance to be a very, very good player,” Pharr said.

Senior second baseman Barton Ivy “was one of our better hitters last year,” Pharr said. The young left side of the FHS infield is also a battled tested left side. Sophomore Curt Powell returns as shortstop after starting as a freshman. Cade Stallings, also a freshman starter in ’06, will again start at third base.

Pharr said catching duties will again be split between juniors Michael Williams and Zack Allen. As for Allen, “If he's not catching, he'll probably start in the outfield ... left, I guess,” Pharr said. “He's really hit the ball well thus far.”

Among a group battling for the right field spot, “Matt Sayers has hit the ball well in the preseason,” Pharr said while labeling sophomore outfielder Blake Hayes, “a very good athlete.” Eric Bigeral, a junior, is also battling for outfield time along with senior Steven Guerrette.

Junior Joey Delmonico, designated hitter during the championship stretch run last seasons, returns as DH.

Among the utility infielders is senior Jordan Pleasant. “He can play anywhere in the infield, he's a great defensive player,” Pharr said.


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