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Softball Ads win 9 of 10, rise high in 4-AAA

Lifting itself up to a high perch in District 4-AAA thanks to a pair of huge road wins, Farragut softball finished the week winning nine of 10 games.

“We had a lot of people step up throughout the week,” FHS head coach David Moore said, as the Lady Admirals improved to 15-4 overall and 7-1 in 4-AAA entering the week.

Chief among those was standout senior and staff pitching ace Rachel Ingleby, who fired two no-hitters. And during what Moore labeled “big district wins over Heritage and William Blount,” Ingleby fired two shutouts.

Four wins came during the annual Gibbs Invitational, where FHS finished tied for fifth among a 20-team field.

But the week started off with a 1-0 win at Heritage in nine innings Monday, April 7, at HHS.

Farragut broke a scoreless tie with a one-out triple from Keri Meade followed by an RBI single from Stephanie Harris. “It was a solid defensive game,” Moore said.

Ingleby fired a two-hitter.

Blanking WBHS 5-0 on the road Thursday, April 10, left Moore especially pleased. “I thought we played the most complete ballgame we’ve played all year,” he said. “Clutch hits.”

Ingleby fired another two-hitter, with 14 strikeouts. Harris had three hits and three RBI, while Lyndsey Slade and Melissa Eggert each had RBI singles.

Slade had two hits and two RBI in leading FHS past Sevier County 15-1 Tuesday, April 8, at FHS. Madison Gray had one hit and two RBI.

Winning pitcher Morgan Holbrook struck out six in four innings, while reliever Allison Devaney had two strikeouts in one inning.

It was a doubleheader home sweep Wednesday, April 9, at FHS’s Bellamy Field, as Farragut romped Cumberland County 17-0 then beat Lenoir City 13-1.

Ingleby no-hit the CCHS Lady Jets, adding nine strikeouts, with a first-inning leadoff walk preventing a perfect game.

Abby Rose Martin had two hits, including a double, with four RBI. Megan Harris added two hits and two RBI.

Against Lenoir City, winning pitcher Holbrook allowed two hits in five innings, with Devaney relieving and firing one scoreless inning.

Slade led the FHS offense with three hits and three RBI. Stephanie Harris added two hits, including a triple.

Five Lady Admirals games Saturday, April 12, at the Gibbs invitational became necessary thanks to rainouts Friday. Early round games were limited to four innings.

Devaney fired a four-inning no-hitter in a 4-0 win against Pigeon Forge despite several FHS starters missing due to taking the ACT test. Andi Murry and Stephanie Harris each had an RBI, with Harris’ hit a double.

The winning continued against Mason, Ohio, an 8-2 victim of Farragut. Megan Harris smacked her first career home run, a two-run blast, while Meade added two hits and three RBI and Stephanie Harris two hits and one RBI. Devaney pitched the win.

With Ingleby firing her second no-hitter of the week, Farragut blanked John Hardin, Ky. 5-0. The senior had 10 strikeouts.

Offensively, Slade hit her first career home run, a two-run shot, while Stephanie Harris had three hits, two of them doubles.

The Lady Ads edged Cherokee 2-1 in an tourney elimination round game Saturday, as Ingleby allowed three hits while striking out 11. She added an RBI single.

Farragut’s pushed the go-ahead run home in the top of the sixth. Eggert doubled, and pinch-runner LaShae Wallace scored after Martin’s sacrifice bunt was thrown away.

Beech ended FHS’s cinderella week by blanking the Lady Ads 3-0 in the tourney semifinals. Martin’s single and Slade’s double were the only Farragut hits.


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