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FHS Softball earns No. 2 district seed
Watson celebrates milestone; Bearden winless last week

Samantha Watson doesn't even remember the pitch that became the most important in her Farragut Lady Admirals softball career.

The excitement of hitting her first-ever home run perhaps doesn't require recollection of every detail.

“It was a hit-and-run, so I had to hit it no matter where it was,” said Watson, senior starting outfielder, about her long blast in the Lady Ads' 10-0 five-inning win versus West at FHS's Bellamy Field Wednesday, April 28.

“I know I just hit it out over left-center[field] … I was really excited.”

Rounding the bases, “I heard coach [Nick] Green scream ‘get out of here, ball, get out of here,’” added Watson, who finished with two hits.

“It was big for her, she was excited,” said Farragut head coach David Moore, whose team secured the No. 2 seed for the upcoming District 4-AAA tourney at FHS starting this week.

The Lady Ads end 4-AAA league play 11-3, and were 23-10 overall entering the week.

Moore's girls advance into tourney double-elimination play at 8 p.m., Monday, May 10, against the survivor of No. 3 Maryville, No. 6 Bearden and No. 7 Lenoir City.

Championship games are at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 12; or, if necessary, an extra title game starting at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 13.

Bearden, meanwhile, went winless last week and finishes 4-10 in district, 12-17 overall in the regular season. (More on Lady Bulldogs later in story)

Farragut bounced back from an 8-4 loss to tourney top seed William Blount Monday, April 26, to blank West behind a one-hitter from staff ace pitcher Kaci Murr.

Two hits from Stephanie Harris, University of Virginia signee, included a home run and two RBI.

Next came a thumping the Lady Ads handed out to Maryville 11-2 April 29. “We came out swinging the bats," Moore said.

Freshman third baseman Tori Etheridge smacked a three-run homer in the FHS first inning, highlighting a five-run opening inning outburst. Madison Gray added three hits while Andi Murry connected for two hits.

In a rain-shortened Region II Challenge at FHS, the Lady Ads went 3-0. First beating Virginia High, Bristol, Va., 8-3 Friday in five-and-one-half innings, Megan Harris' three his included two doubles and a home run worth five RBI. Stephanie Harris had three hits including a triple.

Later Friday evening, Farragut crushed Sweetwater 14-0 in five innings led by Megan Harris' two hits and four RBI, Gray's three hits and Abbie Cooper's two hits, including a double, and two RBI.


“Kaylee [Heemsoth] is probably pitching as well as anybody in the neighborhood,” BHS assistant coach Leonard Sams said about his senior ace.

Losing a tough 6-4 decision to Maryville, Bearden nevertheless had nine hits. Jennifer Griffith, Hannah Champlin, Jessi Goodson and Amanda Dunaway each connected for two hits. Danielle Willis had one hit and two sacrifices.


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