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Ex-Admirals Delmonico, Powell now happy Dawgs

A pair of ex-Farragut Admirals now are Bulldogs? But not the maroon and gray type.

Joey Delmonico has an interesting Bulldogs-Vols connection.

Delmonico had a new dugout home in Tennessee’s Lindsey Nelson Stadium over the weekend. “The last time I was here was the last game with him,” said Delmonico, University of Georgia part-time starting catcher and ex-Farragut Admiral, referring to his father, former UT head coach Rod Delmonico, after his Bulldogs’ 8-6 win against the Vols Saturday afternoon, April 23.

“It’s really weird, because I grew up in the dugout over there,” Delmonico added about the Vols’ first-base home dugout where his father led Tennessee from 1989-90 through the 2007 spring season before being fired.

Delmonico, a junior, and ex-Admiral All-state honoree Curt Powell, UGA sophomore starting third baseman who contributed big in Saturday’s win, left UT with a 2-games-to-1 series win (5-4 loss Friday, 5-3 win Sunday).

Saturday’s win came against a familiar Vols battery: ex-Admiral All-state pitcher Rob Catapano, the starter, and ex-FHS All-state catcher and Tennessee freshman Ethan Bennett.

“It was fun to come back, especially to get a win today,” said Delmonico, battling a left hand injury — “deep bone contusion to the top part of my hand” — for much of the season who went hitless in four at bats in the series (.245 average in 18 starts) .

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say this series wasn’t special and meaningful,” added Delmonico, whose little brother, FHS All-state senior catcher/infielder Nicky Delmonico, has signed on to join Joey and Curt in Athens next season. “It is a little bigger than just some games.”

Powell was one of the nation’s leading junior college hitters in 2010 at Volunteer State in Gallatin, where Delmonico excelled in 2009 and last season.

Playing alongside Delmonico “is awesome, he’s my roommate here at Georgia, and he was my next-door neighbor at Vol State,” Powell said. “It’s definitely helped me through. We’ve kinda picked each other up in hard times.”

With a sacrifice fly Friday while going 1-for-4 Sunday, Powell (.275 average in 35 starts) had two singles and one RBI Saturday — one off Catapano.

Powell pointed to a fallen teammate when speaking of his four-hit day in March, highlighting a victory against Alabama.

Junior outfielder Jonathan Taylor is “paralyzed from the waist down right now, and that [game] was soon after, and we were all still playing for him.”


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