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Quick start pushes Lady Ad softballers past Bearden, 5-0

A three-run first inning for the Farragut Lady Admirals proved to be the difference in a 5-0 win against archrival Bearden, Thursday, March 30, at FHS’s Bellamy Field.

After Bearden pitcher Alex Boris surrendered a leadoff walk to Jessie Howard, it was only a matter of time before that would come back to haunt the freshman pitcher.

Howard proceeded to steal second and then reach third on a wild pitch. Haley Lewis then his a sacrifice fly to drive in Howard, giving FHS its first run.

Then after two walks and a single, the bases were loaded for Sara Rini. Rini hit a two-RBI single to increase the FHS lead to 3-0 in the early going.

That run support was more than enough for Farragut standout pitcher Margaret Morris who shut down the Bearden offense with six innings of two-hit ball.

Scoring early proved to be the major difference in this game and FHS head coach David Moore couldn’t agree more .

“We haven’t been scoring any runs, its good to get on the scoreboard,” Moore said. “It was real important, scoring early was big. It took a little pressure off and it was big to put some runs on the board and just relax a little bit.”

BHS head coach Mark Blevins said, “We had a little shaky first inning there, had a few walks but Boris settled down and threw O-K for the rest of the game. Farragut has a nice team like they always do, Morris did her job, shut us down and that pretty much tells the story.”

The Lady Ads got another run in the second on a Cayla Smith RBI-double to give FHS a 4-0 lead after two.

Farragut’s final run came in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Lewis, and that run according to Moore was equally as important as the early ones. “That last run was big because I needed to save Margaret a little and let my sophomore [Rachel Ingelby] get in there and throw,” Moore said. “I felt a little more comfortable letting her throw with an extra run in there and she did a good job.” Ingelby took over in the seventh and closed out the game with an easy one-two-three inning.

Blevins said, “I’m just hoping to get a couple of weeks under our belt, I don’t know how many wins we can have if any in the next week or so but I think after that we will do O-K.”

In other BHS games, the Lady Bulldogs were defeated by William Blount 9-0 Tuesday, March 28 at BHS, after being held to two hits.

Bearden was swept by Alcoa (8-1 and 10-1) Monday, March 27, at BHS. Rachel Rowan hit a solo homer in the second game.


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