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Lady Ads wrap up No. 2 district softball spot; Bearden edges LC

While adjusting its line-up due to a key injury, Farragut softball’s poor execution was a big factor in falling short during the annual Region II Challenge at FHS.

As first reported on Farragut First Edition, April 25, Virginia High of Bristol, Va. crushed Lady Ads tourney title hopes with a 7-3 win Saturday at Bellamy Field.

With four errors allowing three unearned runs, “We made some bad decisions defensively, and it hurt us,” said FHS head coach David Moore, whose team enters the week 19-9 overall and finishes No. 2 in District 4-AAA at 12-2.

Meanwhile, Bearden picked up its ninth win of 2009 with a 3-1 Challenge win versus Lenoir City Saturday evening. (More on this game later in this story)

The Lady Ads opened Challenge play with a 2-0 loss to Sweetwater Thursday, April 23, then beat Tazewell, Va., 9-2 Friday evening and West 6-1 Saturday morning. Farragut also picked up three early week victories (More later in this story)

Andi Murry, Farragut sophomore shortstop, hyperextended her left elbow earlier in Challenge play and is out indefinitely. “Andi being hurt, we’ve got to figure out what we’re going to do there,” Moore said. “Hopefully she’ll be back to play for the [District 4-AAA] tournament, but you never know.” Freshman Kaci Murr filled in at short versus VHS and did not commit an error in two chances.


Megan Harris’ RBI groundout and Morgan Holbrook’s RBI single tied the game 3-3 in the top of the third inning.

Virginia took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. Three straight hits made it 5-3. The Lady Bearcats added insurance in the bottom of the sixth with a one-out infield single and a home run.

Losing pitcher Julia Alves, only a freshman who saw extensive work in tourney play — including her win in relief against Tazewell — allowed 12 hits and no walks with three strikeouts versus VHS.

“I was pleased, I thought she did a good job,” Moore said of Alves. “I think she wore down in that [VHS] game.”


“We have struggled, but all-in-all we come together as a team, and that’s what’s most important,” said BHS winning pitcher Kaylee Heemsoth, who in six innings allowed just one hit and one walk with five strikeouts. Heemsoth also had two hits.

Amanda Dunaway, Emma Kugler and Hannah Champlin added singles. Sara Burklin and Kiarra Freeman also scored.

About Heemsoth, BHS assistant coach Leonard Sams said, “She’s back, she really is throwing now. … She’s doing it at the right time, that’s the main thing.

“Haley Miles is starting to hit the ball again well,” Sams added about his shortstop while also praising the hitting of Kugler, a freshman third baseman.


Against West, Stephanie Harris hit a two-run homer. Winning pitcher Murr allowed six hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

In beating Tazewell, winning pitcher Allison Devaney and reliever Alves combined to allow one earned run, six hits with four Ks.

In a 3-2 home win April 20 against Morristown West, Madison Gray and Megan Harris each belted two hits. Stephanie Harris hit a solo homer. Whipping Heritage 8-3 on day later on the road, LaShae Wallace led FHS with four hits, with Stephanie Harris adding three. Holbrook laced two doubles while Murry had two hits.

A 10-0 blanking of Sevier County April 22 included pinch-hit singles from Samantha Watson and Brittany Gray. Wallace, Megan Harris, Holbrook and Murry each had two hits. Devaney started and went four innings with four Ks and one hit allowed. Reliever Alves pitched two: one hit, one strikeout.


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