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Youth rises, FHS girls 3rd in OHS Owl Classic


Several young players made important contributions as the Farragut High School varsity softball team finished third during the 13-team Lady Owl Classic in Ooltewah Friday and Saturday.

Finishing with a tourney record of 3-2, Farragut opened by beating Girls Preparatory School 4-0 Friday, and followed with victories against Boyd-Buchanan (2-1) and Lookout Valley (8-1) Saturday.


The Lady Admirals lost Saturday to defending Class AAA state champion Soddy Daisy 4-1 then fell to Red Bank 2-1.

Following a 2-1 win against District 4-AAA foe Heritage March 16 at FHS, the Admirals’ record stands at 5-2 overall, 2-0 in the district.

TOURNEY POSITIVES

“I was very pleased with the way they competed, we played without three starters,” FHS head coach David Moore said about not having left fielder Kira Perkins (knee injury), third baseman Jessie Howard and right fielder Stephanie Dueber (both on trips away from the team). We had some young kids step up and play well for us.”

For example, “Rachel Mountain stepped in at third base and did a good job for us,” Moore said. “Cayla Smith had the game-winning hit against Boyd-Buchanan, a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth-inning.

“Haley Lewis stepped in in right field for us and played well.”

Pitching ace Margaret Morris, Amy Josephson and Vanessa Satterfield were Farragut’s three honorees on the Lady Owl All-tournament team.

“They all had a real good weekend,” Moore said.

Morris, a sophomore, pitched four of the five games and picked up all three FHS wins. “The most impressive thing, she’s given up only two earned runs all year at this point,” Moore said about Morris’ 5-1 record. She allowed only one hit against GPS.

Giving Morris a rest against Soddy Daisy, “I let my young pitchers pitch and I was proud of them,” Moore said of freshman Smith, sophomore Kim Wright and freshman Mallory Perkins. “They only gave up four runs against Soddy, and probably only a couple of them were earned.”

As for other Lady Ads who made big contributions, “Jennifer Covell was her solid self, key hits, solid defense, she had a good weekend,” Moore said about his senior center fielder.

“And Kori (Manes) had to catch a lot this weekend, so I need to give her a pat on the back.”

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