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Top spot clinched
FHS softball team’s perfect 11-0 start in District 4-AAA earns them top tourney seed; Bearden rebounds from district woes to win Red Edmonds/Tiny Day tourney


Farragut’s red-hot District 4-AAA romp has paid off handsomely.

“This win over West put us as the number one seed going into the district tournament,” FHS head coach David Moore said following a 6-1 win over the Lady Rebels April 22 that gave his team an unblemished 11-0 record, 22-5 overall.

Meanwhile, Bearden shook off two less than inspiring early week district losses to Maryville (3-0) and William Blount (6-0) to win six straight games and capture the annual Red Edmonds/Tiny Day Invitational title in Greeneville last weekend.

Bearden entered the week 24-9 overall (4-6 in district). More on the Lady Bulldog later in this story.


FHS 6 WEST 1

Jessie Howard and Jennifer Covell had big hits in the first and second innings helping to put Farragut ahead 4-0 after two.

The Lady Ads scored one in the fourth inning, and Vanessa Satterfield and Lindsey Samarin singled in the fifth. Another run scored in the fifth on Jennifer Covell’s hit up the middle.

Margaret Morris was tough on the mound, giving up just one hit. The only run scored was unearned in the seventh inning.

FHS 1 KARNS 0

It took the Lady Admirals 10 innings to defeat the Lady Beavers of Karns by a score of 1-0 at home April 19. Farragut had runners in scoring position in almost every inning, but were unable to capitalize.

With the tie-breaker rule in place in the 10th-inning, Karns was able to advance a runner to third base. A fly ball to center field ended their chances to score. With the Lady Ads at bat, Kira Perkins started the inning at second base and stole third with one out.

Amy Josephson got on base with a fielder’s choice and Becky McCraw got on with a walk. Kori Manes was up to bat with bases loaded when a wild pitch scored Perkins to end the game.

Morris went the distance giving her a 17-4 record and nine shut-outs for the season.

Sevier County had to forfeit Tuesday, April 20 due to lack of players.

BEARDEN ROLLS

Four victories Friday night earned the Lady Bulldogs a semifinal berth Sunday against Jefferson County among a 19-team tournament field.

BHS pitching ace Sally Gale, who earned tournament most valuable player honors, tossed a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts as Bearden earned a shot in the title game following a 3-0 win against Jefferson County.

“She was really on top of her game,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said.

Senior catcher Brittany Richardson added an RBI single.

A 6-1 victory against Cocke County in the championship game followed, as winning pitcher Heather Broyles allowed only two hits with five strikeouts in a complete game (seven inning) performance.

McCollum and Paige Harmony each added doubles in the title game.

As for labeling the biggest reason for his team’s success on Sunday, “baserunning really won the games for us today,” Blevins said, as Bearden used good baserunning to capitalize on two Jefferson County errors to score two of its three runs.

Meanwhile, Broyles joined Amy Goodrich as Bearden’s other All-tournament selections.

FRIDAY VICTORIES

Goodrich and the team’s leading hitter, third-baseman Alicia Boris, helped the Lady Bulldogs rally in the bottom of the fifth-inning (of a six-inning game due to time limit) and stay unbeaten Friday night against those same girls from Cocke County.

Boris led off with a home run to erase a 1-0 deficit. Following singles by Gale and Amanda McCollum, Goodrich ripped a two-RBI triple for a 3-1 win.

“Boris had another stellar performance, she was eight for seventeen (in hits),” Blevins said. “(Jennifer) Walker also had an outstanding tournament.”

Bearden also came from behind with two fifth-inning runs to whip Morristown West 2-1.

Other Friday victories came against host Greeneville (5-0) and Morristown East (7-2).

 

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