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Focused Lady Ads win 4-AAA tourney title


Four errors in the first three innings got David Moore to bolt out of the Farragut High School softball dugout and send a message to his FHS starters.

Get focused — fast.

And low and behold, the Lady Admirals responded with six runs against Heritage in the District 4-AAA championship round Wednesday, May 10, at William Blount High School

“We responded,” Moore said following a 7-1 win that gave Farragut the District 4-AAA tourney crown. “This a hard team to figure, a little bit up and down. But we’re finding different ways to win, we can win one-to-nothing or seven-to-six. We’re swinging the bats better now than at any time all year.”

But a 1-0 loss to Central in the Region 2-AAA semifinals Monday, May 15, at FHS’s Bellamy Field ended Farragut’s season with a 25-11-1 final record (see related story on this page).

Moore praised senior staff ace Margaret Morris. “She’s going to pitch well in big games,” Moore said, adding that his senior staff ace would not trade her tournament most valuable player honor for the regular season honor that went to Shelley Fagg of Heritage.

Morris allowed an unearned run in the top of the third inning, giving up six hits while striking out eight with no walks.

Moore said designated hitter Rachel Ingleby and shortstop Sarah Young had “huge hits in key spots” against Heritage.

Young’s two-out single in the bottom of the third capped a four-run inning to give FHS a 5-1 edge. Jessie Howard had a one-out bunt single to start things.

“I’m thrilled for Sarah, she seemed to be nervous earlier in the tournament,” Moore said. “It was still close, and she opened it up. Rachel had two key hits.”

After an RBI single in the first inning, Ingleby’s two-RBI double in the fourth built the Lady Ads’ advantage to 7-1.

Howard and Morris had singles to set the stage for Ingleby.

Howard said that Farragut is “working well as a team,” picking each other up after a mistake or failed at-bat. The standout senior third baseman and Carson-Newman signee added that while the 2004 team’s success was special, the 2006 team’s success is “so much better when we’re seniors.”

FHS 3 MARYVILLE 2

The Lady Ads remained in the 4-AAA winner’s bracket by edging Maryville 3-2, May 9.

The Lady Rebels scored two runs on two hits in the sixth to narrow the gap, but winning pitcher Morris retired MHS in order in the seventh.

Going the distance, Morris allowed four hits while striking out six without a walk.

Lauren Briody singled and scored Farragut’s first run in the third inning on a Morris RBI single. Christine Hannahs also singled in the inning.

Two more runs followed in the fourth. Haley Lewis singled and scored, then Young’s double was followed by an RBI single from Abby Rose Martin.

 

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