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Big third inning sends Lady Ads to sectional


A controversial call in the very first inning resulted in two Powell runs that could have emotionally sunk the Farragut Lady Admirals in a win-or-go-home game. But Farragut answered with three consecutive two-out RBI hits in the third inning, then relied on the pitching of veteran ace and District 4-AAA Most Valuable Player Rachel Ingleby to win 5-3 in a Region 2-AAA semifinal Monday, May 12, at PHS.

“I think we had a good will to win and good approach … a good team effort,” said FHS head coach David Moore, whose District 4-AAA Tournament runner-up team improved to 28-9 overall and played familiar foe Maryville in the region title game Wednesday, May 14 (after press deadline).

“We had to come back and battle from behind.”

Both region finalists are assured of a berth in the 1-AAA Sectional Friday, May 16.

Moore also hit a personal milestone with his 400th career softball coaching victory during the 4-AAA tourney.

Against Powell, Umpires reversed a batter’s interference call on a pick-off throw to third base from FHS catcher Abby Rose Martin that would have been the third out in a scoreless first inning.

Instead, the District 3-AAA champion Lady Panthers went on to score twice.

Farragut’s third inning rally started with a Keri Meade one-out walk and a Stephanie Harris double.

With two outs, Morgan Holbrook’s two-RBI single tied the game 2-2, as Holbrook took second on the throw home.

Megan Harris followed with an RBI single, scoring Holbrook, while also taking second on the throw home.

“We did a good job running the bases that inning,” Moore said. “And we had clutch hits when we had to have ’em.”

Lyndsey Slade then drove in Harris with an RBI single. “She had a big hit, and had a couple of hits, hit the ball hard,” Moore said. “I’m proud of her and the whole team.”

While Powell cut the deficit to 4-3 thanks to a fifth-inning solo homer, Megan Harris answered with a long ball of her own in the top of the sixth.

Ingleby, who allowed seven hits and one walk with eight strikeouts while going the distance, gave up a lead-off single in the bottom of the seventh but retired the Lady Panthers in order thereafter.

“They hit a shot to left field that Lyndsey made a good running catch on to end the ballgame,” Moore said.

As for Ingleby, “She pitched a good, gutsy game,” Moore said. “Powell hits the ball as well as anybody we play, and she made some big pitches when we had to have ’em.”

The victory avenged a 5-1 Powell win at FHS April 24 during the Region II Challenge.

 

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