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Farragut softball bounces back

Freshman pitcher Kaci Murr fired six shutout innings while her Farragut Lady Admirals offense provided plenty of punch against archrival Bearden.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition,, April 16, the Lady Ads poured it on after two scoreless innings and won 11-0 at BHS’s Kim Hazelwood Field.

While the Lady Bulldogs stay winless in District 4-AAA and dropped to 7-14 overall entering the week, Farragut improved to 14-7 overall, 10-2 in district.

The Lady Ads recovered well from a 12-4 home loss to 4-AAA leader Maryville April 14.

“A combined shutout from two freshman, Kaci and Julia [Alves], I was happy with that,” FHS head coach David Moore said of Murr and reliever Alves, who worked a perfect seventh inning.

Murr allowed just two hits and no walks in six innings. “I thought they did a good job hitting their spots,” Moore said. “For the most part we played solid defense behind them.”

Melissa Eggert, FHS senior right fielder who had a two-RBI double as part of Farragut’s six-run sixth inning, also praised Murr and Alves. “I’m so proud of them, it’s hard to think they’re even freshmen,” Eggert said.

During the first two innings, Farragut had five batters reach base but BHS senior pitcher Alex Boris found a way to escape without damage. Singles from Madison Gray, Megan Harris and Murr plus two walks were wasted. Gray said her team “had a slow start, but once we got going and got our energy up things got better.”

Megan Harris’ RBI single to center scored Gray to highlight a two-run third inning.

FHS added one in the fourth. Paige Kula’s one-out single started things, and Gray singled home pinch runner Allison Devaney.

Two more Lady Ads runs came home in the fourth, highlighted by Morgan Holbrook’s double down the left field line.

Megan Harris singled prior to Holbrook’s RBI infield single scoring Stephanie Harris in the fifth, making it 6-0. Andi Murry’s sacrifice fly scored Megan Harris, the seventh FHS run.

Pinch-runner Chelsea Sutphin stole second, and scored with Holbrook on Eggert’s two-RBI double down the right field line, increasing the lead to 9-0.

In the FHS seventh-inning, Holbrook doubled to right center field with one out and Murry followed with an infield hit. “Morgan Holbrook had a couple of hits late that kinda blew it open a little bit more for us,” Moore said.

Murr’s single to right scored Holbrook and Murry for the game’s final runs.

Boris, who worked into the fifth inning before giving way to reliever Kaylee Heemsoth, said about Bearden’s 2009 struggles, “It’s one of those things where you have a young team, and this is a growing year.” Individually, BHS assistant coach Leonard Sams said Boris “pitched four or five good innings before tiring out.”

About junior catcher Hannah Champlin throwing out Gray trying to steal second, which helped kill Farragut’s first-inning rally, Sams said, “She threw out one of the fastest runners in the area, that was a good highlight.” Sams also noted Champlin had just moved behind the plate from third base.

“And Emma [Kugler, freshman] made a couple or real good plays at third base for us.”


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