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Lady Ads seaon ends in region

A football homecoming atmosphere, with a Farragut High School pep band playing between innings and students painted in blue displaying lots of enthusiasm, wasn’t enough to push the Lady Admiral softball team to victory.

Central staff ace Kandice Irwin escaped a first-inning jam, did not allow a baserunner past first in the last six innings and retired the last 11 Farragut hitters as the Lady Bobcats ended FHS’s season 1-0 in the Region 2-AAA semifinals at Bellamy Field Monday, May 15.

“Kandice is a tough pitcher, and to be perfectly honest, I knew that Central [36-10 record] would be the tough match-up out of that district just because of her,” FHS head coach David Moore said.

“If we score in the first — if that ball gets through the middle Margaret [Morris] hit — we score in the first and it changes the completion of the game. They’re playing from behind.”

First inning singles by Jessie Howard and Morris were wasted thanks to a pair of Irwin strikeouts. It was Farragut’s last threat of the game.

While Morris allowed no hits in the first three innings — a walk, error and fielder’s choice accounting for three baserunners — the Lady Bobcats got a leadoff single and a two-out double from Brittany Webb to right-center field to score its run.

But from there, Morris retired 13 of the last 14 hitters she faced, ending with four strikeouts while giving up just three hits and one walk for the game.

Cayla Smith had Farragut’s other hit, a fourth-inning single.

Overall for the season, “I’m proud of ’em, the district championship is something they can’t take away,” Moore said, as FHS’s final 25-11-1 record included 15 straight district wins.

As for his five seniors, Moore said three-time All-4-AAA pitcher Morris joins former Lady Ad Leah Sefferneck as the two greatest pitchers he’s ever coached.

Moore praised two-time All-4-AAA third baseman Howard for her speed and hitting, and All-district left fielder Smith “for hitting in the clutch all year, I think she led us in R-B-Is.”

The FHS skipper commended centerfielder Haley Lewis for “making all the plays on defense,” and first baseman Lauren Briody for “a good, solid job at first base” and clutch play in beating Maryville in the district tournament.


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