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FHS softball wins district league title

A week that started off with three District 4-AAA wins insuring Farragut softball at least a tie for the league championship ended with a Morgan Holbrook no-hitter.

Holbrook, junior pitcher/second baseman, fired a four-inning no-hitter in whipping Knoxville Catholic 19-0 capping the Lady Ads’ 2-2 run in Region II Challenge at FHS Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23.

But a 4-1 victory against district power Heritage Tuesday, April 22, at Bellamy Field — sandwiched between 4-AAA wins against Lenoir City and South-Doyle — assured Farragut not only a district regular season title but No. 1 seed in the upcoming 4-AAA tourney.

Farragut begins tourney play in a four-team double-elimination format at South-Doyle Monday-Wednesday, May 5-7. Top two teams advance to Region 2-AAA play.

“Big win against Heritage,” FHS head coach David Moore said, as his Lady Ads finish 4-AAA play 13-1, 23-7 overall to begin the week.

Farragut’s other tourney win was 6-2 against West Friday. Losses were to Powell, 5-1, Thursday and 3-0 to Virginia High Saturday.

Freshman Megan Harris was on fire with the bat in early-week games, going 4-of-4 against LC including a home run with five RBI. Holbrook added four hits with three RBI. Stephanie Harris went 3-of-3, including a home run and double, and four RBI.

Against Heritage, “Rachel [Ingleby] pitched a solid game,” Moore said, as the FHS staff ace allowed just four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Moore praised his defense, starting with back-up first baseman Melissa Eggert. “A line-drive double play, made an outstanding play to take them out of an inning,” he said.

“Laura Greeley made a great running catch out in the outfield.”

Megan Harris stayed hot, going 3-of-3 at the plate, while third baseman Keri Meade had two hits. “Keri’s just had tremendous at-bats all week,” Moore said.

Facing SDHS, Ingleby fired a two-hitter with five strikeouts in five innings, while Stephanie Harris belted a double and two triples, with three RBI. Lyndsey Slade added two hits and one RBI.

Individually against West, “LaShae [Wallace] had a great at-bat in the third after they tied it, drew a walk,” Moore said, as Wallace stole two bases and scored the eventual game-winning run.

Wallace led the way against KCHS with four hits and two RBI. Andi Murry had three hits and two RBI, with Greeley adding an RBI single. Madison Gray and Paige Kula each smacked an RBI single. Samantha Watson also singled.


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