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Softball Ads, No. 2 in district, fall to Central in 8-inning region semifinal

It was a bang-bang play at home plate that didn’t go Farragut’s way.

David Moore’s FHS softball girls lost a tough 5-4 road decision in eight innings to Central in Region 2-AAA semifinal action Monday night, May 11.

That “bang-bang” play brought in the winning CHS run and ended the Lady Ads’ season at 24-12 after earning second-place in last week’s District 4-AAA tourney.

“It was a tough loss, we couldn’t catch a break,” said Moore, whose team came from behind three times to tie the issue. “It was a great high school game.”

Farragut tied the game 4-4 in the seventh with a LaShae Wallace bunt single, a Stephanie Harris single and Megan Harris’ sacrifice fly. Megan Harris also had an RBI single while Madison Gray and Stephanie Harris each had two hits.

Senior right fielder Melissa Eggert, praised by Moore for her post-season hitting, added a double. Along with Stephanie Harris, Eggert earned All-District 4-AAA Tournament honors.

Losing pitcher Kaci Murr, a freshman, went the distance, allowing seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Murr added an RBI single.

Along with Eggert, centerfielder Wallace and Morgan Holbrook, infielder — both All-District 4-AAA honorees — also played their final FHS games as seniors. “I’m proud of all three of ’em,” Moore said. “Couldn’t ask for better character kids. Outstanding years on and off the field.”

Stephanie Harris, junior first baseman, was named 4-AAA Player of the Year, while Megan Harris, sophomore third baseman, also earned All-4-AAA honors.

Surviving in 4-AAA tourney play, The No. 2-seeded Lady Ads beat No. 3 Heritage 2-0 to keep its season alive as the district tournament unexpectedly continued at FHS’s Bellamy Field May 8.

But as first reported at Farragut First Edition, May 8, Maryville, No. 1 seed (20-7-1), won its third straight 4-AAA tourney by scoring twice late to blank Farragut 2-0.


Winning pitcher Julia Alves, only a freshman, allowed four hits and two walks with one strikeout.

“Julia did a good job,” Moore said. “I thought we played excellent defense. Morgan [Holbrook] did a good job at short, she made a couple of good plays we had to have in big spots.”

Eggert laced two hits that included a second-inning RBI single. She also doubled. “Melissa had a couple of big hits in that game,” Moore said. “I’m proud of her … Having big hits in a big game meant a lot for us.”

Gray singled and scored in the third on Stephanie Harris’ RBI double.


Devaney allowed seven hits — four straight to begin the Lady Rebs’ two-run bottom of the sixth.

A junior who had been out with a sprained wrist, Devaney walked none and had one strikeout. “I was proud of Allison, Allison hadn’t pitched in a couple of weeks,” Moore said. “She did a good job keeping around the plate.”

FHS’s seventh-inning rally started with Stephanie Harris’ check-swing double to short left field followed by a one-out Holbrook infield single. But a strikeout and groundout ended the threat.


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