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Tough losses for Lady Ads; Bearden starts 4-0, HVA hot

With a freshman hitting better than .900 four games into the season according to Bearden assistant coach Leonard Sams, the Bulldogs are riding high to start 2010.

However, Farragut softball is spinning its wheels early thanks to four one-run setbacks lowlighting a 2-5 first week.

Meanwhile, Hardin Valley Acadent starts its first week of 2010 at 3-1, shaking off a 12-8 loss to Powell March 16 to crush Clinton 21-7 Thursday then whip Kingston 12-4 Friday.

Danielle Willis, BHS freshman shortstop, “has been a huge surprise,” Sams said about her work at the plate, going 16 for 17 in her first four games, he said, helping Bearden whip Sevier County 11-1 and sweep Knoxville Catholic, 9-0 and 12-4.

“Jennifer Griffith, she’s hitting the ball really well,” Sams added about the senior right fielder. “Haley Miles [left fielder] has obviously done really well hitting.”

Staff ace Kaylee Heemsoth “has been throwing really well.”

Farragut started with horrific losses, falling at Gibbs 10-9 in eight innings before, two days later, blowing a four-run lead at Karns, which scored in the bottom of the seventh to edge FHS 7-6.

“Pitching-wise, we’ve got to get stronger,” Moore said, adding senior Allison Devaney currently is limited due to illness and “hasn’t had enough reps.”

However, “I’m pleased with the way we’re hitting the ball, and we’re playing pretty solid on defense,” Moore said. “But when you don’t get many strikeouts, everything’s magnified.”

Farragut went 2-3 at the Hendersonville Tournament March 19-20, losing 6-5 to Florence, Ala.; beating Chattanooga Central 2-1 where “Kaci [Murr] pitched a good ballgame,” Moore said about his sophomore starter.

“Stephanie had a great week,” Moore added about his senior All-state first baseman and University of Virginia signee, who was 13 of 20 with two home runs and 15 RBI.

Third baseman Megan Harris homered. “Megan and Andi [Murry] both hit the ball well.”

Following a 10-3 loss to Beech, FHS dumped Bolton 7-1 before being edged by Goodpasture 3-2.

Individually for HVA, Courtney Fraker “has been hitting the ball really well,” HVA head coach Michael Fredieu said. “Laura Hensley is still pitching well.”

Fredieu also praised third baseman Michelle Owens for a nice leaping catch.


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