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Farragut beats HHS,leads 4-AAA heading into last week of ‘07

Rachel Ingleby helped her own cause against Heritage, and her Farragut Lady Admirals entered the week in the softball driver’s seat in District 4-AAA.

Ingleby, FHS staff ace pitcher, connected on a one-out, two-RBI double deep to right field in the bottom of the sixth-inning to erase a 1-0 Lady Mountaineer lead in an April 19 HHS-Farragut showdown at Bellamy Field. FHS won 2-1.

“The big one was the Heritage game,” FHS head coach David Moore said. “It was just a good high school softball game. ... That was a must-win as far as the district was concerned.”

Singles by Abby Rose Martin and Christine Hannahs set the stage, as the Lady Ads improved to 11-1 in district play entering the week. Heritage fell to 11-2. Pinch-runner Melissa Eggert scored the first run.

Despite four walks, Ingleby went the distance on the mound, allowing jus three hits while striking out seven.

“She didn’t have good command of her pitches, but she just gutted it out,” Moore said. “That’s what competitors do, find ways to win.”

Ingleby also tossed a no-hitter in Farragut’s 10-0 game one win at Sevier County April 16. A leadoff walk in the first inning prevented a perfect game.

The Lady Admirals, 25-7 overall entering the week, finished 4-3 during the 23-team Lady Owl Choo-Choo Classic in Chattanooga Friday and Saturday, April 20-21.

Farragut finished second in the Silver Bracket after going 1-2, losing to powerhouses Soddy-Daisy (3-0) and Houston (4-3 in eight innings).

Highlights from the tourney included Stephanie Harris, a freshman, and junior Keri Meade earning All-tourney honors.

Each homered during the tourney.

Farragut No. 2 pitcher, junior Kristin Murr, pitched her team to victories against Cleveland (3-0) Friday and Boyd-Buchanan Saturday (5-1).

Against CHS, Murr allowed just two walks and two hits, then fired a one-hitter to stop BBHS.

“She keeps it around the plate and lets the defense work,” Moore said of Murr.

Beginning with Boyd-Buchanan, Farragut fired off Silver Bracket wins against Grace of Chattanooga (7-1) and Chattanooga Central (5-1) before losing to Knox County rival Powell, 4-3, in the Silver title game.


Farragut swept the regular season series from its struggling arch-rival, beating Bearden at Kim Hazelwood Field April 17.

Hannahs led the winning attack with three hits and two RBIs. Lyndsey Slade, Morgan Holbrook, Sarah Young and Martin each added two hits.


Holbrook had two hits and three RBIs in a game two 10-0 blanking of the Bearettes. Both of Meade’s hits were for extra bases, a double and triple.

“A good team week with a lot of people contributing and doing the things we need to do to win,” Moore said “I’m proud of ’em.”


Kessler’s Region II Challenge, annually hosted by Farragut and Karns high schools, begins at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 27, and continues at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 28.

The championship game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bellamy Field.


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