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Delmonico goes back-to-back with grand slams to lead Ads’ rout of top Indiana program


Nicky Delmonico pulled off a feat Thursday night few Major League Baseball Hall of Famers can claim.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition, www.farragutpress.com April 9, the Farragut High School standout second baseman blasted grand-slams in back-to-back innings — three home runs and 10 RBI in all — in leading the Admirals past Noblesville (Ind.) 13-2 in six innings at John Heatherly Field.

“I’m sorta still shocked,” said Delmonico, a sophomore, as FHS improved to 21-4. “I’ve never in my life achieved this. It feels really good right now.


“But we played well tonight, we all hit the ball well tonight,” he added. “Mac [Thoreson] got into one good [home run]. We’re starting to come around and hit better, become more of a team.”

Farragut head coach Tommy Pharr said Delmonico “has as good a night as anybody I’ve ever seen at the plate.”

Noblesville, a school of about 2,400 students just north of Indianapolis in Indiana’s largest classification (4A), was unbeaten on the season before a 9-8 loss to Bearden earlier the same day (5-2 record. See related story starting on page 18)

“They’ve got a good club, they’ve got a couple of Division I players,” Pharr said. “I thought there were probably one of the better clubs we’ve faced.”

The program made it to Indiana Class 4A’s “final four” state tournament in 2007, and currently leads its conference.

Farragut winning pitcher Jordan Cooper, a senior standout lefty, went the distance and allowed just five hits. The Ole Miss signee benefited from a first-inning double play to get out of a jam unscathed. “Coop did a good job keeping ’em in check,” Pharr said. “He pitched well.”

 

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