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FHS softball knocks out defending champs, wins twice in last at-bat

During David Moore’s 18 seasons coaching Farragut High School softball, Thursday, May 22, was a special day.

And it’s no wonder why.

“We knock off the two-time defending state champions in Soddy-Daisy, then we turn around and beat a good Cherokee team that we had lost to earlier in the tournament to get to a place that I had never been as a coach,” Moore said.

That place was third in the Class AAA State Softball Tournament in Murfreesboro last week, beating Soddy 7-2 then edging Cherokee with a sixth-inning rally, 2-1, Farragut’s second last-at-bat win in the tourney.

“Since I’ve been coaching, Thursday may have been ... the biggest day in Farragut softball with me coaching.”

The Cherokee game also included a memorable moment just before a dramatic two RBI single from young Megan Harris.

“The thing that stands out in my mind most … bottom of the sixth inning, we’ve got the bases loads, two outs, two strikes on Megan. And there’s a pitch that’s just outside the strike zone and the Cherokee fans just go crazy,” Moore said. “And Megan just had this turn stare to the crowd like, ‘that ball was outside.’

“Gets back in the batter’s box, rips it up the middle for two-run single to win it. A freshman.”

Going 3-2 overall in the tournament, which also included a dramatic Morgan Holbrook RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to beat Houston 1-0, FHS’s three previous state tourney teams under Moore have finished with a fourth- and two fifth-places.

Farragut ends 2008 at 33-11.

“We had four of the most exciting games in the tournament, I’d say,” Moore said. “It’s kinda huge when you knock out the two-time defending state champion. They were rebuilding a little bit, but Soddy reloads instead of rebuilds.”

Stephanie Harris and Keri Meade led the FHS offense against Soddy with two hits each, while Ingleby’s hit was a two-RBI single with two outs in the first inning. Abby Rose Martin, Lyndsey Slade, Andi Murry, Holbrook and Megan Harris also had hits.

LaShae Wallace and Chelsea Sutphin each scored a run.

Despite going hitless with only one baserunner through six innings in an elimination game against Houston Wednesday, May 21, Holbrook came through after an error allowed a lead-off baserunner.

“We got one hit and made it count,” Moore said. “Morgan came up with a big hit.” Melissa Eggert scored the winning run.

Winning pitcher Rachel Ingleby allowed three hits and two walks with six strikeouts versus Houston.

Farragut opened state tourney play with a 2-0 loss to Cherokee May 20, and were eliminated in the semifinals by Beech 3-2 Friday.

Losing to Beech, “We had a chance,” Moore said. “We had opportunities.” Holbrook had an RBI single while Ingleby’s seventh-inning RBI double almost had the distance for a game-tying homer.

Ingleby, Martin, Slade and Meade each played their last game for FHS Friday. “I’m proud of all four of ’em,” Moore said. “I’m happy for ’em, happy for the opportunity to get here. They’ve worked hard, they’ve been a good group.”

Moore didn’t forget about his assistants. “Nick [Green], I don’t know if we’d gotten where we did without Nick,” Moore said. “He does a great job with his scouts, working with the kids. Works a lot of extra hours to do that, too.”

About assistant Ray Watson, “He’s been there to support and help us. I always appreciate Ray for what he does and his encouragement to the kids.

“I’m proud of all of ’em, it took all of ’em to do what we did.”


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