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League champ Lady Ads out in three district tourney games

After winning the regular season District 4-AAA title, the Farragut Admirals were ousted from postseason play by Heritage, 2-0 Wednesday, May 9, at Lenoir City.

After four scoreless innings, Heritage’s Shelly Fagg drilled a one-out, two-RBI triple to break the tie in the top of the fifth.

Farragut (33-9) had the bases loaded with no outs in the second inning, but couldn’t capitalize.

It was an abrupt end to the season for a Lady Admirals team that was riding an eight-game winning streak entering the tournament.

Farragut then beat William Blount May 7 in its tourney opener before losing to eventual tourney champ Maryville May 8. Then came Heritage.

“It’s just a tough high school game,” FHS head coach Dave Moore said. “None of them are easy at this point.

“Heritage is a very good team, they went to the state tournament last year and they have most of their kids back, so it was just one of those tough high school games at tournament time.”

Overall the coach was pleased with the season and admits that an open week before the tournament may have hurt.

“We had a great year,” Moore said. “I think the week off hurt us from the time we played to the time we played the tournament.

“We were really playing well at that point.”

Aside from the disappointing loss to end the season, Moore was pleased with the leadership from the three seniors on the team: Sarah Young, Sara Rini and Christine Hannahs.

“We’ve got three solid seniors that contributed to the program,” Moore said. “We are going to miss all three of those kids they have been good for the program and we appreciate what they have done for us.”

Young, who plays shortstop, feels that the team grew closer together throughout the season.

“We definitely came together as a team,” Young said. “I really enjoyed playing for the team.

“It has been great and every year has been a different journey. But this year has been a great one and I am sad to see it end.”

Rini took the opportunity to start this season in right field and made the most of it.

“In the first three years I was mostly a pinch runner,” Rini said. “I enjoyed that while sitting and watching and learning. And then this year when it was finally my turn to start, I knew what I was supposed to do at my position.”

For center fielder Hannahs, the experience of playing for Farragut was an enjoyable one.

“We lost a lot of our starting positions last year and came in with a lot of uncertainty and a lot of people battling for positions. And I think we are a little surprised by how well we did and how well we worked together,” Hannahs said. “I had fun. I liked the coaches, the team and the school.”


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