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FHS softball falls in eight to Maryville

Stephanie Harris' long home run to left field got things going quickly for Farragut.

Tori Etheridge almost provided the equalizing blow eight innings later in a mammoth battle of District 4-AAA powers at FHS's Bellamy Field Monday night, May 10.

Maryville, No. 3 tourney seed, used Allison Barbee's two-RBI single in the top of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and eventually outlast the Lady Ads 3-2 on a damp evening.

“Tough game, we didn't catch a break when we needed one or get a big hit when we had to have one,” said FHS head coach David Moore, whose team fell to 25-11.

Down 3-1, FHS pulled to within a run thanks to Etheridge, a freshman third baseman, whose two-out triple to the right-centerfield gap scored Megan Harris, leading off with a walk, and almost scored the freshman after a off-target throw to third base. “That was a big hit.”

A groundout to second base ended the game and allowed the Lady Rebs (29-6) to advance versus No. 1 seed William Blount Tuesday.

Farragut took on No. 4 seed Heritage in an elimination game Tuesday. The loser's season would be over. If the Lady Admirals survived to be the in district tourney's final two, it would play either Maryville or William Blount in the championship round Wednesday. To win the tourney, FHS would have to force a deciding game starting at 6 p.m., today, Thursday, May 13, at Bellamy Field.

Meanwhile, Bearden's season was ended by Maryville Thursday, May 6. It came after the Lady Bulldogs dominated Lenoir City 13-3 one day earlier.

Kristin Randolph's bases-clearing, three-RBI triple was a big blow versus Lenoir City.


The Lady Ads threatened to end the issue in the bottom of the seventh. A one-out Paige Kula single to centerfield was followed by Samantha Watson's bouncer to second base.

The umpire ruled runner's interference on a ball kicked by the MHS second baseman, leaving Watson at first with two outs.

A single to right-centerfield by eventual tough luck losing pitcher Kaci Murr, followed by a walk to Stephanie Harris, left the bases loaded but two out for dangerous junior centerfielder Madison Gray.

Gray, after coming within a foot of winning the game with an opposite field slap hit down the left field line, grounded out.

Murr's double, plus a walk to Stephanie Harris, gave Farragut a two-on, one out threat in the third inning.

Kula also singled to begin the FHS fifth. “Paige had a good night,” Moore said.

Gray added a leadoff infield hit to begin the Farragut sixth.


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