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Farragut High School appears to be Tennessee’s main representative on three national baseball teams — two entering international competition.

A pair of FHS rising sophomores, one rising senior and one coach are getting noticed nationally.

Rising sophomores Philip Pfeifer, standout pitcher, and Nicky Delmonico, starting second baseman as a freshman, are among 36 USA Baseball 16U Trials Invitees.

They are among the top 18 “East Invitees” looking for a place on the 22-man national team that will compete in an international tournament in early August.

“It’s quite an honor for us to have two guys … pretty awesome deal. It would be an honor for our program and an honor for those guys,” said Tommy Pharr, FHS head coach, who after leading the Admirals to its fourth Class AAA state title in 11 years in 2008 has his own national recognition.

Pharr has been named an assistant coach on USA Baseball’s 18U National Team playing in an international tourney in Canada beginning later this month.

Meanwhile, Cade Stallings, standout Admiral third baseman and All-state candidate, has been selected “as one of three kids from Tennessee” to play in the Area Code Games as part of The Fourth Annual Major League Baseball Symposium, a national tournament where rising high school seniors get to meet scouts from all 30 MLB organization. Action runs Aug. 5-10 in Long Beach, Calif.

“It’s a great chance for him to be seen,” Pharr said of Stallings, who earned a spot on the Southeast team (sponsored by the Oakland A’s) after a tryout in Nashville. “It’s a big honor — a very selective process.”

As for Pharr, a stellar resume plus having USA 18U head coach Mark Elkins as “one of my good friends” helped the FHS skipper land one of three assistant coaching spots.

“I talked to my family, and it seemed like a good idea,” Pharr said of his decision to accept.

Pharr and the USA 18U team headed to Phoenix, Ariz., this week, site of the Oakland A’s Spring Training facility, for intrasquad games before narrowing the 34-man roster to 18.

Next is a trip to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 17 for “three or four exhibition games” before international competition starts eight days later in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

A worldwide field featuring nations such as Cuba, Russia and Australia will be among dozens of nations represented in the International Baseball Feder-ation “AAA” World Junior Championships July 25-Aug. 3.

“All these guys will be Division I [college] baseball and pretty high [major league] draft picks,” Pharr said of the USA talent. “Pretty good group.

“It’s a pretty fun thing.”

The USA 18U group could have included Curt Powell, Farragut’s District 4-AAA MVP shortstop and All-state candidate. But the rising senior is facing wrist surgery this month.


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