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Lady Ads get offensive in drubbing of HVA

Farragut High School's softball team got offensive Friday night, April 8, in its 14-0 victory at Hardin Valley Academy.

The Lady Admirals pounded out 14 hits, including four that went for extra bases. Farragut also swiped five bases in its lopsided five-inning win. The visitors got several big hits, but veteran coach David Moore was pleased with the way his players executed the small things in softball.

“We got some big hits and there's no doubt about it, but today we did the little things well and those were the things that we've harped on all year,” Moore said after his team notched its 10th win of the 2011 campaign. “In the first inning we had a couple of scoring groundballs with runners on third.

“We did what we were supposed to do in those types of situations.”

The Lady Admirals wasted little time kicking its offense into high gear as senior center fielder Madison Gray roped a leadoff triple to open the game.

“She [Hardin Valley starting pitcher Jasmine Langston] was pitching inside and I turned on it,” said Gray, who tallied the game's first run when Kaci Murr was retired on a grounder.

The Lady Admirals (10-6-1) would add another run to take a 2-0 lead by inning's end. Megan Harris singled and advanced to second on a hit by Baylee Williams. Farragut then executed a double steal. Harris later scored when Andi Murry grounded out.

Murr, Farragut's junior ace, had an impact on the contest before even entering the pitcher's circle and posted a masterful performance. She kept HVA hitters off balance and at bay all evening.

Murr scattered just three hits. She recorded one strikeout and didn't walk anyone. She surrendered a one-out first-inning single to Lady Hawks first baseman Audrey Jaeger.

Jaeger singled again in the fourth. Hardin Valley's other hit was a fifth-inning single by pinch hitter Emma Russell.

“Farragut is a good club and their pitcher did a good job hitting her spots and she didn't walk anybody,” Hardin Valley assistant coach Robert Wright said. “She let her defense help her out.”

Murr improved to 10-5. “Our fielding was good and I just let my defense take care of me,” she said.

Farragut, which was playing its first of four consecutive road games, blew things open with five runs in the top of the second inning.

Freshman Avery Blankenburg hit a two-run homer in her first varsity at-bat to extend the Lady Ads advantage to 4-0.

Later in the frame, Williams had a two-run double and Murry, the Admirals senior shortstop, added an RBI double. Both hits came with two outs.

While Farragut's defense was nearly flawless on this night, HVA's defensive miscues prolonged the top of the third inning.

The Lady Admirals plated four more runs in the frame — all with two outs in the inning. Harris was 2-for-3 including a two-run double.

Farragut added two more runs thanks to HVA errors.

The Lady Ads added three more in the fourth. Madison Gray, who went 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs and a triple, delivered a two-run single that scored Brittany Gray. Madison Gray scored the game's final run when Harris reached on an error.


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