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Tough times for FHS softball in Gibbs Tournament

While Farragut softball remains strong in District 4-AAA action, the Lady Ads had another rough tournament weekend.

David Moore’s diamond girls went 1-3 during the annual Gibbs Tournament in North Knoxville last weekend, and entered the week 9-6 overall, 6-1 in 4-AAA.

Farragut began tourney play Friday evening, April 3, losing to Rhea County 4-2. Morgan Holbrook’s two-RBI double was the highlight, as the senior standout shortstop went 2-for-3.

Later than evening, Moore said FHS played “maybe the best game we’ve played all year” in picking up its only tourney win, a 5-0 blanking of Lebanon.

Freshman pitcher Kaci Murr went the distance, seven innings, pitching a five-hit shutout while benefitting from “outstanding” defense led by sophomore shortstop Andi Murry, Holbrook, a senior second baseman, sophomore third baseman Megan Harris and senior centerfielder LaShae Wallace. “They all made spectacular plays in that game.”

Stephanie Harris, junior standout third baseman, smacked her fifth home run of the season while also doubling, driving in three runs. Madison Gray, junior left fielder, had two hits while catcher Paige Kula added an RBI single.

With either Megan Harris or Stephanie Harris Saturday morning versus Grainger County — taking ACT test — Farragut lost despite a seventh-inning rally.

Down 2-0 going to the top of the seventh, FHS scored three times to grab the lead. But Grainger County answered with two in the bottom of the inning to win.

Wallace had three hits while Murry added two, including a double and one RBI. Holbrook smacked an RBI double while Brittany Gray’s groundout plated FHS’s go-ahead run.

Saturday afternoon the Lady Admirals were overwhelmed against Siegel, losing 7-1. “That’s the only game we’ve been out of all year,” Moore said.

District play last week was highlighted by a 4-0 home win versus South-Doyle Thursday, April 2, at FHS’s Bellamy Field. Winning pitcher Allison Devaney, a junior, allowed just three hits and no walks with one strikeout. Wallace led the offense with two hits. Holbrook added a two-RBI triple.


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