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Morris, big 4th inning lift Lady Ads past BHS

Though nervous tension was building in Margaret Morris’ gut late Monday afternoon, a vision she had told of good things to come that night.

“I had a dream last night that we won three-to-nothing, and I’ll take four-to-nothing, that’s fine with me,” Morris said following her complete game shutout pitching performance as the Farragut High softball team used a four-run fourth-inning to whip archrival Bearden 4-0 in both teams’ season-opener at BHS’s Kim Hazelwood Field.

“In fourth-block (during school) I thought I was going to be sick to my stomach,” Morris added. “I’ve wanted this for so long, I’ve never beaten Bearden pitching against them.”

Morris allowed only four hits while striking out four and walking only one. Her biggest problem came with two-outs in the fourth when Bearden strung together consecutive hits by Alicia Boris, Jennifer Walker and Paige Harmony to load the bases. But a harmless soft grounder to first ended the threat. Leigh Peters had the other BHS hit.

Bearden star pitcher Sally Gale was generally breezing along through the first three innings — escaping a first-inning jam caused by an error by getting two strikeouts — before trouble hit in the FHS fourth.

Back-to-back walks came before Becky McCraw’s bunt single to load the bases. After an RBI groundout from Vanessa Satterfield, Kori Manes’ bloop single scored the second run.

Stephanie Dueber’s two-RBI double to deep left field capped the scoring and chased Gale.

Overall, leadoff hitter Kira Perkins led FHS with two hits.

Bearden reliever Heather Broyles repeatedly danced out of trouble in her 3 2/3 innings of work, highlighted by Harmony’s nice throw from right field to double off a runner at third base.

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