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District, Region Challenge champs making lots of contact
Lady Ads win 4-AAA, then capture tourney in rout of Karns 11-0


Farragut softball gobbled up two championships in less than a week, as the FHS offense continues to click. So is everything else in Navy blue.

A 3-0 win at William Blount April 25 gave the Lady Admirals the outright District 4-AAA League championship (13-1).


Blitzing through the annual Kessler’s Region II Challenge with a 5-0 record, Farragut claimed the 23-team crown with an 11-0 thrashing of Karns in the finals Saturday, April 28, at FHS’s Bellamy Field.

“It feels really good, I’m really proud of our team, we’ve really come together this year and played really well,” FHS senior shortstop Sarah Young said about her Lady Admirals, who enter the week 32-7 overall.

Christine Hannahs, senior center fielder, jumped in and pointed out, “our sticks have come together.”

How well? “We’ve hit a lot better this year than we have any other year I’ve been on the team,” Young said. “Not only have we started hitting better, but we kept our defense really, really solid.”

Hannahs said the team approaches post-season play “at our highest point overall. I think starting at the beginning we were a little rough, but we’ve worked out all the kinks.”

Sara Rini, senior starting right fielder, said she’s improved her hitting.

“I’ve been really bad in the past about getting out on my front foot and popping the ball straight up and not hitting it as hard as I can,,” she said. “I’ve been working on staying back on it and driving straight. And I guess I did that this weekend.”

FHS 3 WBHS 0

A two-out double by freshman Stephanie Harris broke a sixth-inning scoreless tie and put Farragut ahead 2-0. Young and Rachel Ingleby set the stage with singles. LeShae Wallace scored the second run.

Young’s two-out infield hit in the seventh made it 3-0, scoring Keri Meade, who tripled.

Ingleby, pitching staff ace, went the distance and scattered eight hits.

TOURNEY GAMES

Two defensive plays “set the tone” at the very beginning against Karns according to Moore — then an eight-run fourth inning settled the issue.

Meade’s lunging catch of a pop-foul down the third base line and catcher Abby Rose Martin’s diving catch of a popped-up bunt were the game’s first two outs.

Rini singled and scored in the second inning. Harris, who also singled, scored on a double by Morgan Holbrook deep to center field and later scored. It was 3-0.

The Lady Admirals scored eight runs on only three hits: Rose had an RBI single, while courtesy runner Melissa Eggert later scored. Harris had an RBI triple and Holbrook added a double.

Young also tripled during the game, while Ingleby singled.

Ingleby went the distance (five innings), allowing just one hit with 10 strikeouts, three walks and a hit batter.

Moore faced KHS head coach Shannon Holt, a former Farragut assistant under Moore.

A 10-1 win against Carter Friday at FHS had Moore coaching against his former standout catcher, Kris Gysin (Class of ’99), now skipper of the Lady Hornets. “It was a little tough coaching against her,” Moore said.

Martin and Harris each had three hits to led the Lady Ads. Holbrook connected for two hits and a pair of RBIs. Ingleby added two hits.

Ingleby and junior No. 2 pitcher Kristin Murr combined to toss a two-hitter.

The Lady Ads ended Friday with a 6-0 win against Tazewell, Va. Ingleby not only pitched the victory (four hits, seven strikeouts) but added two hits and three RBIs. Young swatted oout two hits, including a double.

Murr improved her pitching record to a perfect 9-0 after Farragut’s 7-0 win against Lenoir City Saturday morning. The junior struck out six with only one walk. Reliever Allison Devaney pitched one inning.

Harris smacked a home run and double, driving in three runs. Wallace added two hits and two stolen bases.

Ingleby’s pitching skills came in handy against Morristown West in a 1-0 FHS win late Saturday morning that took nine innings. The junior went the distance, allowing just three hits with 12 strikeouts and no walks.

Young’s RBI single scored Wallace in the ninth. Meade had the only other FHS hit, a single.

 

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