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Lady Ads perfect in district, 0-3 in tourney

CHATTANOOGA — Weak-ened by the absence of several players during the annual Lady Owl Invitational, the Farragut High School softball team went winless in three games.

“We struggled a little bit, we were missing some folks,” FHS head coach David Moore said, as the Lady Ads’ overall record stood at 6-8-1 entering the week.

But last week’s good news came in the form of three District 4-AAA victories as led by the pitching of senior staff ace Margaret Morris.

Morris fired FHS to victories against Maryville (2-1), South-Doyle (6-0) and William Blount (1-0), allowing no earned runs, no walks and seven hits while striking out 23 in 21 innings of work over the three games.

Farragut’s district record stood at 4-2 entering the week.

At Maryville Tuesday, April 4, Morris fired a perfect game for six innings while Cayla Smith’s two-RBI triple to left field broke a scoreless tie in the sixth. Haley Lewis and Christine Hannahs scored after reaching base on singles.

Hosting South-Doyle at Bellamy Field Wednesday, April 5, Farragut received two hits each from Hannahs, including a triple, along with Smith, including two RBIs.

Sarah Young and Sara Rini each had two hits and one RBI.

With William Blount visiting FHS Thursday, April 6, the Lady Ads broke a scoreless tie in the sixth when Jessie Howard led off with a bunt single, stole second base, moved to third on a Lewis single and scored on a wild pitch.


Missing Morris (band duties) Lewis (leg injury), Rini and starting second baseman Rachel Mountain (SAT tests) in its opening tourney game against Girls Preparatory School Friday, April 7, Farragut lost 7-0.

Despite a 2-1 tourney loss to Chattanooga Central later Friday evening, losing pitcher Rachel Ingelby went the distance while allowing seven hits with two strikeouts.

“We had a chance to win that one, just hit a lot of things right at ’em, just couldn’t buy a break,” Moore said.

Howard, who made the All-tournament team, tripled and scored on Young’s RBI single.

With everyone but Lewis back Saturday against Murfreesboro Oakland, Farragut still lost 4-3.

Down 4-0, “We came back and made it close,” Moore said.

Highlighting the FHS offense was Morris’ two hits. Howard’s single drove in a run, while a throwing error scored two more.


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