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Delmonico, wood bats mesh, Ads ‘Turn Back’ Oak Ridge pushing win streak to 10

Joey Delmonico wishes he could use a wooden bat in every game.

The Farragut junior went 3-for-3, including a home run, to lead the Admirals to a 14-0 win against Oak Ridge in the third annual Turn Back the Clock Night Thursday, April 26 at Farragut’s John Heatherly Field.

The game benefits East Tennessee’s Children’s Hospital and features throwback uniforms, wooden bats, 50-cent cokes and hotdogs.

“We have a good time and I think it’s a lot of fun,” Farragut head coach Tommy Pharr said. “I think it is a neat thing for people to see and it’s for a good cause.”

The Admirals (24-9 overall record entering the week) had lost both of its previous throwback games to Oak Ridge. But this time FHS prevailed.

Farragut got on the board early with three runs in the first. Senior Barton Ivy drove in the first run with a single and Delmonico drove in two more with a single through the right side of the infield.

“I would like to use a wood bat in the next couple games but I don’t think coach will allow that,” Delmonico said. “I just tried to square the ball up today.”

Admirals starting pitcher Mac Thoreson held Oak Ridge batters in check, only allowing one hit in three innings of work. Farragut relievers Hunter Newby and Shane Glarrow closed out the two final innings without allowing a hit.

“It’s our first win in a wooden bat game and it’s good to finally win one,” Pharr said. “We were in a lot better state pitching- wise than they were.”

Farragut scored six more in the second inning to give them a 9-0 lead. Michael Williams hit a two-run double and two runs scored on a Oak Ridge error in the outfield. Delmonico’s two-run blast over the left field wall in a nine-pitch at-bat capped off the big inning.

“He left a curveball hanging and I just took advantage of it,” Delmonico said. “The coaches wanted us to come out and get a [win] and that’s what we did.”

The following inning Cade Stallings was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Ivy, Delmonico and Perry Griffin hit consecutive run-scoring singles to give Farragut a 14-0 lead.

With the win, the Admirals are riding a 10-game winning streak.

“I think we had another good week, and hopefully we are getting better,” Pharr said. “That is our focus now to try to get ready for tournament time. It doesn’t matter what you do before that — it’s what you do then.”


Farragut beat Lenoir City 13-3 Wednesday, April 25, at LCHS. Jordan Cooper got the win with seven strikeouts while scattering two hits in four innings.

Ivy was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a double while driving in four RBIs. Stallings was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Blake Hayes added a double while Curt Powell and Williams added singles.


The Admirals beat Maryville 7-1 Monday, April 23, at FHS. Matt Ramsey earned the win with eight strikeouts while scattering four hits.

The junior helped himself at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs. Stallings hit a two-run home run and Williams was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Powell, Hayes, Griffin, Thoreson and Ivy added singles.


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