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Lady ’Dawgs wrap up 4-AAA softball crown
Boris’ three-run blast to beat FHS fuels unbeaten district trek; Lady Ads rebound to end Webb streak

Bearden’s softball season is going so well, even the scary moments turn out OK.

Despite being hit in the nose with the ball while covering home plate in the first inning, standout Lady Bulldog pitcher Sally Gale got the bleeding stopped in the middle innings and returned to duty against archrival Farragut.

But it was the Lady Ads who couldn’t stop the bleeding Tuesday, April 19, at BHS’s Kim Hazelwood Field.

Steady relief work from Rachel Rowan and Alicia Boris’ three-run homer in the third inning gave BHS a 4-2 victory and a season-sweep of Farragut.

But most importantly, the regular season District 4-AAA title is now Bearden’s with a perfect 12-0 record to start the week (20-4 overall). “It’s only our third in school history, but there’s still a lot of softball to play,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said.

Singles by Jennifer Walker and Meagan Fredenberg set the stage for Boris. Meanwhile, FHS head coach David Moore said of Boris’ home run, “I made a bad pitch call .... I called for a rise up-and-in and she just turned on it and ripped it. I give her credit.”

Boris said she, “Really got (upset), I really did, I was just like, ‘this is Farragut, our big rival, and I’ve got to just hit the ball.’”

As for Gale’s return, “It’s Farragut, she wanted to go (back) in sooner and I wouldn’t put her in,” Blevins said. “I challenged the girls to see what they could do when Sally went out ... they kinda proved their point to me.”

Rowan, who worked 2 2/3 innings before Gale returned to start the fourth inning, said, “I was a little nervous, I hadn’t warmed up or anything, but I knew I had to get in there and throw strikes.” Rowan allowed one unearned run, two hits and one walk.

Gale allowed one run, four hits and five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. (See related BHS story on this page).

Chrissy Hannahs and Margaret Morris led FHS with two hits each.


Rebounding to beat previously unbeaten Webb and William Blount, Farragut carried a 14-9 overall record, 7-3 in 4-AAA, into this week’s action.

Thanks largely to the efforts of a freshman, Farragut handed Webb School its first loss of the season Wednesday, April 20, at Webb.

Rachel Ingelby not only started and pitched 5 2/3 innings while allowing just one run, three hits and no walks — she also had the clutch hit. Ingelby’s fifth-inning triple set the stage for Haley Lewis’ sacrifice fly to break a 1-1 tie.

“She came up big, she’s pitched well (and) she’s had her opportunities,” Moore said of Ingelby. “She’s had a couple of key hits for us this year.”

Hannahs’ RBI groundout in the first inning scored Farragut’s first run, as the Lady Ads only had two hits — Amy Josephson’s single being that other hit.

Farragut staff ace Morris relieved Ingelby in the fifth, getting out of a small jam in the sixth before striking out the side in the seventh, dropping Webb to 16-1.

A four-run fourth inning was all Farragut needed to blank William Blount 4-0 Thursday, April 21, at Bellamy Field.

Hannahs’ RBI single followed singles by Stephanie Dueber and Morris. Lewis added an RBI groundout before Jessie Howard’s two-RBI single capped the four-run outburst. Morris went the distance, allowing six hits while striking out 10 with no walks.


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