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Moore’s record-setting Lady Ads one win from state

With a school-record-setting win total at 35 (35-7) after edging Powell 1-0 in the Region 2-AAA semifinals at Bellamy Field Monday, the Farragut Lady Admirals continue to build momentum after their District 4-AAA Softball Tournament championship last week.

Most importantly, Monday’s win guarantees a FHS sectional game Friday.

A win Friday against one of the two best teams from Upper East Tennessee would send David Moore’s Lady Admirals to the Class AAA State Softball Tournament beginning next week in Memphis.

Friday’s opponent and site of the game depended on Wednesday’s Region 2-AAA Tournament championship game against Central (played after press deadline).

“The key to the success of this team is that they are a little tougher than the average high school softball team,” said Moore, recently voted as District 4-AAA’s Coach of the Year. “They are disciplined and work as a team.”


Coming off a hard-fought 1-0 win against archrival Bearden to capture the district title May 12, the Lady Ads needed a break to crack the scoreboard against Powell — and they got one.

Farragut battled six and-a-half innings before loading the bases and scoring the only run of the game. Moore said, “This team doesn’t have any quit in them.”

The first two plays of the game set the tone for Farragut. First baseman Lindsay Samarin made a diving catch on a lead-off bunt, putting out the first batter. Center fielder Jennifer Covell followed up with a diving catch for the second out of the inning.

The Lady Admirals had runners in scoring position in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but the Lady Panthers held tight, allowing no runs.

The seventh inning brought Jessie Howard to the plate. A bunt put Howard on first and brought up Kira Perkins. Howard successfully stole second base, and Perkins bunted to advance Howard to third.

Vanessa Satterfield brought home the winning run when her grounder was booted by the second baseman, allowing Howard to score.

Moore credits catcher Kori Manes who had two hits, and Howard and Perkins for getting their bunts down in the seventh. “We used our speed tonight and made our own run,” he said.

Sophomore pitcher Margaret Morris, recently voted District 4-AAA Player of the Year, went the distance, earning her 13th win of the season while giving up only three hits and striking out nine.


After an hour-and-a-half rain delay, Farragut took to the field at Heritage High School in the district tourney championship round against BHS May 12.

As with previous FHS-BHS games, this contest proved to be a another tough defensive battle.

Back to back singles by Howard, who ended the game with three hits, and Perkins started off the first inning for FHS. After an out at the plate, Perkins scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Becky McCraw.

Bearden threatened in the second inning, with a bunt single by Paige Harmony and sacrifice bunt by Amanda McCollum.

A base hit by Haley Downen put runners on first and third, but Farragut’s defense held tight.

Satterfield turned a double play in the sixth when she grabbed a line drive and threw out a runner at first base.

Heather Broyles went the distance for BHS, striking out six.


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