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Rally places FHS softball solidly

A freshman pitcher’s emergency relief work, two bunt singles plus three big plays from the Harris sisters helped Farragut softball rally.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition,, the Lady Admirals slipped past District 4-AAA rival Heritage 2-1 in eight innings Friday, April 10, at FHS’s Bellamy Field.

Kaci Murr, Lady Admirals freshman pitcher, was forced into emergency relief work when FHS junior starter Allison Devaney was hit in the face by a line-drive to open the HHS fourth.

Not believed to be serious, “I think she’s going to have a good black eye, she caught it off her hand then into her eye,” said FHS head coach David Moore, whose team stays in solid possession of second-place in 4-AAA, 9-1 entering the week, behind unbeaten Maryville. “I don’t there’s anything broken. … Hopefully she’ll be ready [this] week.”

Farragut entered the week 12-6 overall while the HHS girls fell to 7-9 overall, 4-3 in 4-AAA.

“We’ve been losing some of those that we haven’t gutted out very well,” Moore said. “We found a way to win this one.”

Murr came on in the fourth, and Heritage scored — due to a misplayed throw.

The freshman allowed just two hits and no walks with one strikeout in five innings of work. Murr had three-up, three-down innings in the fifth, sixth and eighth.

“She did a great job of battling and keeping us in the game,” Moore said of Murr.

Tying the game 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Ads closed things out in the eighth when sophomore Megan Harris drove in her big sister, junior Stephanie Harris at second base, with a sharp two-out single to left.

Stephanie Harris reached base on a fielder’s choice and stole second. LaShae Wallace, senior center fielder, started the rally with a one-out bunt single — her second of the game.

“LaShae had a great day,” Moore said. “I think she was on base all four times [two walks].”

Blowing a first inning scoring chance — two on, none out — Farragut’s next big threat came in the bottom of the sixth down 1-0.

Wallace’s bunt single, a walk to Stephanie Harris and Megan Harris’ windblown single behind first base loaded the sacks with none out.

Morgan Holbrook hit into a 1-2-3 double play that would have been a triple play had the elder Harris not slid around a tag — a head-first hook slide — at home plate. The throw was in plenty of time for a tag-out.

“She’s just a softball player … she should have been out, but found a way to get in there,” Moore said. “A huge play.”

Harris said she’s “always loved to dive, and that’s just something I’ve always been able to do.”

Stephanie Harris helped kill an HHS rally to begin the top of the seventh. Both hits Murr allowed came to begin the seventh before Harris, a first baseman, made a sliding catch of a popped up bunt.

The junior then jumped up and made a strong throw to second, Wallace covering, for the double play. “[LaShae] came in and Steph made a good throw,” Moore said.

Stephanie Harris gave credit to Murr for “hitting the spots she had to hit, it was awesome.”

Murr, Madison Gray, junior left fielder, and Holbrook, senior second baseman, also had singles.


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