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Lady Ad softball earns 5th-place in Memphis
Coach Moore salutes his five FHS seniors


MEMPHIS — Adding a Class AAA state tournament win to its school record collection of victories, the Farragut High School softball team enjoyed “a great season” according to the head coach after tying for fifth-place in the state.

“It had been a while since we’d been there, and it was a great accomplishment for this bunch to get there,” FHS head coach David Moore said about his 38-9 team that won both the regular season and District 4-AAA titles before winning the school’s first softball region title in 22 years.


“We gave up five runs in three ballgames, and one of them went eleven innings. You’ve got to be proud of that, we were in every ballgame we played. Just a break here and there and that’s the difference when you get to that level.”

Farragut pitching ace Margaret Morris went the distance in all three games, giving up just two earned runs, 16 hits and one walk in 18 total innings while striking out 26.

“I’m proud of the accomplishments of all of ’em,” Moore said. “Five great seniors were great leaders this year to get to that point.” (More about FHS seniors Becky McCraw, Kira Perkins, Jennifer Covell, Lindsay Samarin and Kori Manes later in this story).

A team noted more for its pitching and defense, “All and all I’d say we probably did get the most out of our abilities … they did get a lot out of their talents,” Moore said. “God blessed me with great kids.”

DICKSON CO. 2 FHS 0

A 2-0 loss to Dickson County in the opening round Tuesday, May 25, involved a key element of nature. “The first game against Dickson County the wind’s blowing out, and the ball goes over Amy’s (Josephson’s) head that she’d usually catch, but the wind blew it over her head,” Moore said. “That’s the difference in that game.” Three hits from Covell went to waste.

FHS 4 GERMANTOWN 1

Led by a pair of Lindsay Samarin hits, the Lady Ads bounced back to whip Germantown 4-1 Tuesday evening, May 25. “We hit the ball pretty well against Germantown,” Moore added. Samarin and Manes provided the RBIs, Manes on a second-inning double and Samarin on a sixth-inning single. Five Germantown errors were very helpful.

CENTRAL 2 FHS 1

“Central I knew would be a tough match-up,” Moore said about the 11-inning loss. “We just needed one more break to happen, and it just didn’t.”

Manes’ two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th-inning kept the FHS season momentarily alive by tying the game 1-1. Amy Josephson led Farragut with two hits in the Lady Ads’ final 2004 game.

FHS SENIORS

Third baseman Becky McCraw: “Becky’s always been an outstanding defensive player for us,” Moore said of his 2004 shortstop who started two-plus years at third base dating back to her freshman year. “She made a good transition, and I thought that was good for us for her to step in and be a leader at shortstop … she is one of our better defensive infielders who has come through the program.” McCraw will take her gold glove to the gold country of Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

First baseman Lindsay Samarin: “She had her struggles this year at the plate, but she had some big hits when we had to have ’em,” Moore said. “She always worked hard, and led the team in RBIs last year. She did a real good job for us at first base, and made a good transition (from her previous spot at third base).”

Left fielder Kira Perkins: “Kira turning around and batting left-handed was a big key to our success,” Moore said. “I thought she had an excellent year for us. She kept us in ballgames, she stole over twenty bases, put the ball in play, had some great at-bats, some big hits at big times. We used her speed to our advantage. And in the outfield, she became as good a left fielder as there was in Knoxville.”

Centerfielder Jennifer Covell: “She’s been a three-year starter … she’s been an outstanding outfielder for us,” Moore said. “She doesn’t have great speed, but she gets such tremendous jumps on balls. She made a diving catch in the state tournament similar to the diving catch she made in the region game … she’s very coachable, she does all those little things right, gets her bunts down to move runners. She’ll hit a ground ball to second to drive in a run when somebody else might try to yank it somewhere and pop it up.”

Catcher Kori Manes: “She did an outstanding job behind the plate for us,” Moore said. “She gets to go on and play at Tennessee Wesleyan, which I think is a good fit for Kori. She’s gotten better as (the season’s) gone on. She got hot at the end of the year … she got big hits in big spots for us in the last two years. She’s been a pleasure to coach.”

 

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