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Ads make eighth state tournament trip in 10 years

Joey Delmonico always wanted his last home game as a Farragut Admiral baseball player to be a memorable one.

The senior designated hitter left his mark as he went 3-for-3 and drove in six runs as the Admirals crushed Sullivan South 13-0 in a Class AAA sectional game Friday, May 16, at FHS’s John Heatherly Field.

The victory assures the Admirals (39-3) a spot in the 2008 State Tournament held May 20-23 in Murfreesboro. (Details later in this story)

“For me it means a lot that our guys battled and made it their goal to get back there and got back there,” Farragut head coach Tommy Pharr said. “Hopefully it will be fun. We have a good group and we have a good chance, I think.”

Joey Delmonico remembers seeing former Admiral Michael McKenry hit a home run in his last home at bat while at Farragut as a senior in 2003.

What Delmonico didn’t know was that five years later he would do the same.

“Joey did have a good day,” Pharr said. “He is a great kid. I’m proud for him, he has been our D-H forever it has seemed like and it’s good for him to have a big day.”

Having already gone 2-for-2 with a single, double and three RBI, the senior found himself at bat with two runners on base in the third inning. Delmonico delivered a bomb to deep left center that was never in doubt to put the Admirals up 13-0.

“I never thought I would do that, but that happened to me and it’s pretty cool,” Delmonico said. “I was happy tonight to go three-for-three, but to end my career here at Farragut, my last game, hitting a home run, that’s awesome. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Despite being only a triple away from the cycle, Delmonico wasn’t too upset he didn’t get a chance to leg out a three bagger.

“I’m not that fast,” Delmonico joked. “I can’t get a triple.”

While the seniors enjoyed their last home game, it was freshman Philip Pfeifer that took the mound to make sure the seniors got a win in their final game at John Heatherly Field. The southpaw struck out 10 batters, scattered two hits and walked one in four innings of work.

“He is pretty composed for a freshman,” Pharr said about his young pitcher. “He just goes out does his deal and doesn’t let a whole lot of things affect him.”

Pfeifer said, “It was a big game and the seniors were kind of riding on me because this is their last home game. Coach has a lot of faith in me so I’m just trying to throw it.”

Senior Matt Ramsey took over pitching duties in the fifth by striking out two and retiring the side in order.

The Admirals didn’t waste any time as they put up six runs in the first inning. Nicky Delmonico, Cade Stallings, Ramsey, Mac Thoreson and Joey Delmonico all drove in runs in the inning.

“It just kind of happened,” Pharr said. “We went out strung together several hits and hit the ball hard. They were locked in pretty good at the plate.”

Farragut got two runs the following inning off three Sullivan South errors. Joey Delmonico delivered a double off the right field wall to drive in both runs.

Before Joey Delmonico’s home run in the third inning, Thoreson crushed a two-run double to give the Ads a 10-0 lead.

As the Admirals continue its quest for a state championship, another Delmonico will be attempting to earn his first state championship ring. Tony Delmonico, starting shortstop at Florida State, earned two rings while at FHS and Joey has one.

Nicky, freshman second baseman named distric Rookie of the Year, is looking to acquire his first ring next week.

“My older brother has two state championship rings, I’ve got one and my little brother does not have one,” Joey Delmonico said. “They have a solid team coming back next year, but I think that would be cool for all of us to have a state ring, I really think that is cool.”

Farragut opened state tourney play Tuesday, May 20, versus Lincoln County (26-13) at Siegel High School, where all FHS games will be played until a possible championship game starting at 5 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 23, at Lipscomb University.

Arlington (19-18) and Ravenwood also are in FHS’s bracket.

Bracket finals begin at 4 p.m. CDT, today, Thursday, May 22, at Siegel. The other bracket features defending state champ Bartlett (32-4), Mt. Juliet (31-7), Murfreesboro Oakland (28-8) and Science Hill (33-5).


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