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Three Choo-Choo wins for busy Lady Ads; BHS takes 2

A busy week of Farragut Lady Admirals softball found a couple of seniors stepping up.

And, of course, the Harris sisters made noise.

Meanwhile, Bearden was missing a few starters — using several “junior varsity” players according to BHS coach Leonard Sams — but managed two wins last week. (More on BHS later in this story)

Playing nine games in six days last week ending with a fifth-place finish (three wins) in the annual Choo-Choo Classic in Ooltewah, Farragut won six of nine April 12-17. FHS entered this week 13-9 overall, 5-2 in District 4-AAA.

Lady Admirals head coach David Moore labeled a 9-1 win against Baylor Friday, April 16, as “maybe the best all-around game we've played.”

Winning pitcher Kaci Murr allowed just one hit in the four-inning-time-limited game.

Freshman Tori Etheridge crushed her first-ever varsity home run, a three-run blast, while Megan Harris added two hits and three RBI and Stephanie Harris two hits.

Bouncing back from a 4-1 loss to Maryville Tuesday, April 13, Farragut whipped Heritage 10-3 the next day before blanking Knoxville Catholic 12-0 April 15.

At Ooltewah, FHS crushed Rhea County 15-3 in five innings April 16 as Megan Harris stroked four hits, including a home run and double, with four RBI.

Stephanie Harris added three hits, including a double.

Ashley Adkins scored three runs, while Samantha Watson smacked two hits producing three RBI. Freshman pitcher Brittany Gray relieved starter and winner Murr.

A 4-1 win versus Chattanooga Central Saturday came facing “one of the best pitchers in Chattanooga,” Moore said. Murr pitched the win, allowing just one unearned run with no walks in five innings. Megan Harris added two hits and three RBI.

Facing perennial power Soddy Daisy, “probably the best team in the state” according to Moore, Farragut fell 9-1.

In an 8-2 loss to Walker Valley Saturday, FHS got two hits each from Paige Kula and Megan Harris.

“I thought Paige had a really good week, she’s been fighting injuries the whole time,” Moore said about his senior catcher.

“Abbie Cooper really stepped up for us. ... Chelsea has done a good job in center[field],” he added.

Against Heritage, Murr allowed no runs in six innings while Stephanie Harris homered and tripled, three hits total, with three RBI. Megan Harris homered and doubled, three hits total, with four RBI.

Murr and Gray combined to fire a three-hitter against KCHS, while Gray, Andi Murry and Cooper each added two hits. Murry, a junior shortstop, blasted a home run and added a double worth three RBI. She also stole two bases.


A late five-run rally helped Bearden beat Union County 5-4 in five innings Friday during opening round Halls Invitational play.

Haley Miles homered while Danielle Willis tripled and Amanda Dunaway singled to highlight the rally. Jessi Goodson added two singles for the game, while Dunaway also doubled.

Goodson, freshman pitcher, was called into emergency duty when staff ace Kaylee Heemsoth strained her left quadricep muscle and pitched “very sparingly ... Jessie Goodson pitched really well,” Sams said. Bearden tourney losses came versus Halls (7-1), Karns (6-0), Fulton (11-4) and Alcoa (7-6).

BHS (4-5 record in District 4-AAA) also beat Lenoir City 6-0 before losing to William Blount.


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