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Softball Ads back at state
Farragut rallies past MEHS to earn berth after claiming region

Rachel Ingleby’s pitching stride was off just enough to allow Morristown East one flurry of offensive success.

Success that was six outs from being fatal to the Lady Ads’ Class AAA state tourney hopes.

However, Ingleby corrected her stride, otherwise shutting down MEHS — and the FHS offensive woke up just in time.

A four-run sixth inning erased a 2-1 East lead and the softball Ads (30-9 to begin the week) head to Murfreesboro with a 5-2 1-AAA Sectional victory Friday, May 16, at FHS’s Bellamy Field.

“My dad came up to me and explained that I wasn’t striding out as far as I should,” Ingleby said about the advice of her father, Jeffrey, after the FHS senior ace allowed four consecutive two-out hits in the top of the fourth, scoring both East runs. “So I re-drew my line and I tried to stride out extra-long and got back to normal.

“There’s so much pressure on me, 24-seven,” added Ingleby, District 4-AAA MVP who allowed no other hits during the game while striking out 10 and walking none. “This is amazing, liberating, to get this far.”

Morgan Holbrook, junior All-District second baseman, singled and scored the first FHS run in the fifth on a Melissa Eggert groundout.

Farragut’s big sixth started with an infield error, a Keri Meade infield hit and a Stephanie Harris bunt single as pinch-runner LaShae Wallace scored on a throwing error to tie the game 2-2.

Ingleby then helped her cause with a two-RBI single to put FHS up 4-2. Megan Harris followed with an RBI single, scoring pinch-runner Madison Gray.

Lyndsey Slade, senior left fielder, said about the rally: “all the seniors got together, and we were like, ‘we need to tell everybody to not play tense and just let it loose and get to play like we know how to,’ jump on ’em.”

In addition to Ingleby and Slade, two other FHS seniors will enjoy the program’s first state trip since 2004.

Meade, All-District 4-AAA third baseman, said, “I’m very, very pumped. It’s probably one of the most exciting things in my softball career.”

Abby Rose Martin, All-District catcher, said the Lady Ads “have been playing so well as a team, it’s so exciting.”

Sophomore Stephanie Harris, All-District first baseman, led FHS with three hits.

Beating district rival Maryville 8-4 to win Region 2-AAA May 14 at MHS, Farragut jumped ahead 4-0 in the first led by Slade’s two-RBI double to deep right field.

Holbrook and Stephanie Harris led FHS with three hits each.

Farragut began state tourney play Tuesday, May 20, versus Cherokee (35-9). The double-elimination, eight-team tourney’s title game begins at 6:30 p.m., CDT, Friday, May 23. Another title game, if necessary, is May 24.

Other state tourney teams are Ooltewah (42-3-1), Houston (30-10), Soddy-Daisy (26-13), Bolton (28-12), Brentwood (32-8) and Beech (40-7).


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