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Late rally prevents BHS softball payback after Farragut road rout

While Bearden’s softball team was battling multiple cases of mononucleosis according to coach Leonard Sams, they were nevertheless successfully erasing memories of a 10-0 home loss to Farragut five days before.

Bearden was beating the Lady Ads 5-2 entering the bottom of the sixth on what looked like a fruitful trip to FHS Monday, April 12.

But the script had a Farragut unsung hero finish.

Clutch two-out RBI singles from Abbie Cooper and staff pitching ace Kaci Murr — the No. 8 and 9 hitters in the FHS line-up — produced three runs as the Lady Ads rallied for a 6-5 lead.

Bearden’s chance to tie ended when FHS junior centerfielder Madison Gray took a fly ball putout and turned it into a game-ending double play. Gray’s throw on a tag-up erased the potential tying run at third on a perfect strike to freshman third baseman Tori Etheridge.

“We got a couple of big hits, Kaci and Abby,” FHS head coach David Moore said of the 6-5 win. “[Gray] made a good throw at the end. .. . put it right on the button.”

About the win, “We’ll take it and run with it, it was kinda ugly,” said Moore, as FHS improves its record to 8-6 overall, 3-1 in District 4-AAA.

Megan Harris, junior standout second baseman, led the Lady Ads’ offense with three hits, including a double and triple.

BHS senior shortstop Jennifer Griffith stroked two singles as did losing pitcher Kaylee Heemsoth, who allowed seven hits.

“Our pitcher did a great job,” Sams said of Heemsoth.

Danielle Willis added a double for Bearden (8-9, 3-3), while Haley Miles, Sara Burklin, Hannah Champlin, Jessica Goodson and Amanda Dunaway each singled.

With “mono running through our team, we were really struggling” Sams said. “We had several girls out here playing that are on the back side of mono.”

Sams praised Dunaway for her short-notice work at catcher. “She caught an extremely good softball game. Very, very proud of her.”


Harris blasted a 2-run homer then stroked a bases-clearing three-RBI double helping Farragut blank the Lady Bulldogs 10-0 in six innings Wednesday, April 7.

Harris was one of four Lady Ads with two or more hits: Paige Kula, single and double, and Gray and Stephanie Harris, two singles each.

Kula, a senior catcher, said her team’s offense “connected well with the ball” in the road win.

Lady Ads also coming up big offensively in this game were senior designated player Cooper, who connected for an RBI triple, plus singles from winning pitcher Murr and Etheridge, a freshman who also played left field April 7.

Murr retired the first 10 batters, at BHS, giving up just two hits and no walks in six innings.

Along with Murr beating Chattanooga Central earlier in the season, Moore said her effort at BHS added up to “the co-best games she’s pitched all year.

“She hit her spots.”


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