2023 Fall Ball Thread

03Nov23 scrimmage

Tennessee baseball scrimmages in front of elite prospects on Friday afternoon​

GoVols247 was on hand for Tennessee baseball's scrimmage on Friday afternoon. Here's what took place at Lindsey Nelson Stadium with a pair of elite prospects on hand.​

Tennessee baseball hit the turf at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Friday afternoon for a five-inning intrasquad scrimmage as it prepares for its second and final exhibition of the fall this weekend. The Vols will head to Nashville, Tenn. on Sunday to face Samford at 2 p.m. ET at First Horizon Park, the home of the Nashville Sounds.

The Vols are hosting two elite prospects from the class of 2025 on visits this weekend in 2025 infielder Brady Ebel from Rancho Cucamonga, Cali., and 2025 first baseman Mason Braun from South Bend, Ind., respectively. Both were on hand for Tennessee's scrimmage.

Ebel, who is the son of current Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel, is ranked as the No. 6 overall player in the country by Perfect Game. He's considered the No. 3 overall shortstop in the nation and the No. 3 overall player in the state of California.

Braun is ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 132 overall player in the country, the No. 5 overall first baseball and the No. 3 overall player in Indiana. He also pitches.

GoVols247 was also on hand for Friday afternoon's intrasquad scrimmage. Here's everything that happened.


Black Team

  1. Dylan Dreiling, LF -- 0/2, 2 K
  2. Reese Chapman, RF -- 0/2, K
  3. Robin Villeneuve, 1B -- 0/2, K
  4. Christian Moore, SS -- 1/2, K, SB, R
  5. Ethan Payne, 3B -- 0/2
  6. Dean Curley, 2B -- 2/2, RBI
  7. Stone Lawless, DH -- 0/1
  8. Marcus Phillips, DH -- 1/2, RBI
  9. Colby Backus, CF -- 2/2
  10. Charlie Taylor, C -- 0/1
  11. Brayden Sharp, DH -- BB
  12. Cole Eaton, DH -- BB, SB, R
Orange Team

  1. Cal Stark, DH -- 0/2, K
  2. Blake Burke, 1B -- 0/2
  3. Billy Amick, 3B -- 0/1, BB, R
  4. Kavares Tears, RF -- 2/2, 2 RBI, 2B, HR
  5. Cannon Peebles, C -- 0/2
  6. Ariel Antigua, SS -- 1/1, RBI, R, HBP, HR
  7. Dalton Bargo, LF/2B -- 0/1, R
  8. Hunter Ensley, CF -- 0/1, K
  9. Camden Bates, DH -- 0/1, K
  10. Hunter High, DH -- 0/1
  11. Holden Brauner, DH -- 0/1
  12. Jeremy Comer, DH -- BB, SB, R
  13. Blake Grimmer, DH -- BB


  • LHP, Zander Sechrist, Sr. -- 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K
  • LHP, Chris Stamos, Gr. -- 3.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K, HR


  • It was a quirky five-inning scrimmage for Tennessee on Friday. The last prior Sunday's exhibition against Samford. Zander Sechrist and Chris Stamos each threw three innings before a pair of walk-ons threw the final two innings in somewhat of a tryout situation.
  • There wasn't much offense against Sechrist and Stamos as the pair of lefties both looked good. Most of the offense came off the pair of pitchers who were trying out. Sechrist looked really good. He gave up two-out singles in the second and third inning, before picking up a strikeout each time to end the frame.
  • Kavares Tears had a great day and got the best of Stamos. The Cal transfer walked Billy Amick with two outs and gave up an RBI double to Tears that was smoked into the right field corner. Amick looked good on the bases, scoring all the way from first.
  • Ariel Antigua got the best of Stamos as well. The freshman infielder smoked a ball into the porches for a solo home run.
  • Dean Curley hit an infield single off of Sechrist and Colby Backus hit a single back up the middle. Off of the other pitchers, Tears crushed a solo home run, Marcus Phillips hit a sac fly, Curley hit an RBI single and Dalton Bargo hit a sac fly to left field.
  • One of the pitchers trying out sits low 90's, but struggled with his command.

01Nov23 Wed scrimmage​

What happened in Tennessee baseball's scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon​

GoVols247 was on hand for Tennessee baseball's quick four-inning scrimmage on Thursday afternoon. Here's what took place at Lindsey Nelson Stadium​

Tennessee baseball hit the turf at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Wednesday afternoon for a four-inning intrasquad scrimmage as fall practice rolls on. The Vols are in the midst of preparing for their second and final exhibition of the fall that will be held this weekend in Nashville.

Tony Vitello's program will face Samford at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon at First Horizon Park, the home of the Nashville Sounds. The Vols beat Virginia Tech 13-8 in their first 18-inning exhibition of the fall back on Oct. 22 in Greeneville, Tennessee at Tusculum University.

GoVols247 was on hand for Wednesday afternoon's chilly intrasquad scrimmage. Here's everything that took place.

Black Team

  1. Ariel Antigua, SS -- 1/1, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB
  2. Reese Chapman, RF -- 1/2, RBI, 2B, R, K
  3. Hunter Ensley, LF -- 1/1, HR, 2 RBI, R
  4. Kavares Tears, CF -- 2/2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
  5. Billy Amick, 3B -- 1/2
  6. Dalton Bargo, 1B -- 1/2, HR, 2 RBI, K
  7. Charlie Taylor, C -- 0/1, BB
  8. Hunter High, DH -- 1/2, K
  9. Camden Bates, 2B -- 1/2, 2B, R
  10. Brayden Sharp, UT -- 0/1, RBI, BB
  11. Colby Backus, DH -- DH
Orange Team

  1. Christian Moore, SS -- 0/2, K
  2. Ethan Payne, 2B -- 1/2, HR, RBI, R, K
  3. Robin Villeneuve, 1B/RF -- 0/1, HBP, R, K
  4. Dylan Dreiling, CF -- 0/2
  5. Dean Curley, 3B -- 1/2, HR, 2 RBI, R
  6. Blake Burke, RF/1B -- 0/1
  7. Cannon Peebles, C -- 0/2
  8. Stone Lawless, DH -- 0/1
  9. Jeremy Comer, LF -- 0/1
  10. Marcus Phillips, DH -- 0/1, K
  11. Blake Grimmer, DH -- 0/1


  • LHP, Dylan Loy, Fr. — 2.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 3 HR
  • RHP, JJ Garcia, So. — 2.0 IP, 3 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, K, HBP, 2 HR
  • RHP, Cole Eaton, Fr. — 2.0 IP, 6 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, HBP, K, HR
  • LHP, Luke Payne. Fr. —2.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K

Scoring Plays​

  • Tennessee's offense jumped on freshman Dylan Loy to begin the four-inning scrimmage. Fellow freshman Ariel Antigua led off the scrimmage with a loud solo homer off the batter's eye in center, Hunter Ensley hit a solo shot into the first row of the porches and Kavares Tears also hit a solo homer to right-centerfield.
  • The Orange Team responded with two homers in the bottom half of the first off of JJ Garcia. Ethan Payne continued his strong fall with a solo homer off the scoreboard before Robin Villeneuve was hit by a pitch to set up Dean Curley for a two-run homer off the top left corner of the batter's eye.
  • Freshman Camden Bates led off the third with a double into the left field corner off fellow freshman Cole Eaton. After Ariel Antigua walked to put runners on first and second, Reese Chapman hit an RBI double to score Bates from second. Ensley then scored Antigua from third on an RBI groundout before Tears hit an RBI single to right field, scoring Chapman. Two batters later, Dalton Bargo crushed a two-run homer off the top of the scoreboard.

Thoughts and Observations​

  • It was a chilly afternoon, but as you can tell from the scoring, the ball was still flying out of the stadium. A talented and experienced offense took advantage of some young arms on the mounds to hit six homers on the afternoon. All six of the homers were impressive as well.
  • Antigua and Curley have been the two most impressive freshmen hitters this fall. Both of their homers jumped off their bats as they continue to put themselves in great positions to contribute in the spring.
  • Bargo continues to impress the coaching staff with how he goes about his business on a daily basis. His homer was an impressive display of power and he continues to display versatility with where he can play in the field. The Mizzou transfer didn't receive as much fanfare as others when he committed, but he's absolutely going to help this baseball team in the spring.
  • Loy got roughed up in his first inning of work, but I was impressed by how he bounced back in the second frame with a pair of strikeouts and a fly ball. Garcia did as well courtesy of a pop up and pair of ground balls.
  • Luke Payne, a freshman lefty from the mid-state, was very impressive in two and a half innings of work. He retired all eight batters he faced and struck out four of them.
  • I haven't been able to get out to as many scrimmages over the last week or so, but Robin Villeneuve has gotten back into the mix after dealing with a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the Virginia Tech exhibition. He continues to work at first base and in right field.
  • On the flip side of the injury report, middle infielder Alex Perry is now dealing with a hamstring injury after he had gotten into a nice flow of things. He is not scrimmaging and it doesn't seem like he will play against Samford on Sunday.
  • Others who had hits that I didn't mention above in the scoring: Billy Amick singled and Hunter High hit a single off the top of the right field wall.
  • Tennessee will scrimmage again on Friday afternoon before heading to Nashville this weekend to face Samford
I hope whatever Zane Denton is dealing with, it's nothing too serious.

Also, am I the only one who's never heard of a hamate bone? lol
A hook of hamate fracture usually occurs in sports where a person must use a firm gripTrusted Source. Some examples include hockey, tennis, baseball, and golf.

Repeatedly gripping a bat or club places pressure on the hook of hamate. Over time, this can cause a break.

Direct trauma, such as being hit on the hand or wrist with a hard object, is another cause of hook of hamate fractures.
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