Moore concerned, but Farragut softball grabs 4-AAA win at rival Bearden

KNOXVILLE — Despite seeing his team notch an 11-5 win Monday night, April 17, Farragut softball head coach David Moore knew his team didn’t have its best day on the diamond.

“We took the weekend off and we had some mistakes today, but we won a district game on the road,” Moore said after his Lady Admirals defeated rival Bearden in a District 4-AAA tilt at BHS’s Kim Hazelwood Field. “We had some good quality at-bats. We’ll take it and run. We’ll have to make some adjustments at the plate quicker but we’ll take it.”

Farragut [17-5 overall, 8-2 in District 4-AAA after the win] darted to an early lead in the top of the first inning. Tori West, the Lady Ads right fielder, led off the game with a bunt single. Andrea Sarhat doubled West to third.

West came home on an RBI groundout by Lexee Lamoree, who went 0-for-4 but knocked in three runs. Sarhatt later scored on a sacrifice fly by Kelsie Tuggle to make the score 2-0.

“I thought it was big that we jumped on them early,” Sarhatt said. “We had to play with the threat of [bad] weather.

“I think this was a great team win for us.”

Farragut won the first game between the two West Knox County rivals 11-1, but the Lady Bulldogs [6-17, 3-6] were not going to go quietly this time.

Bearden pulled to within 2-1 in the bottom of the second when Emma Davis knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice.

Farragut put up five runs in the top of the fifth, highlighted by Callie Moore’a two-run double, Lamoree’s RBI groundout and Delaney Weller’s RBI double.

The Lady Bulldogs pulled to within 7-3 on a two-run bunt single by Joy Marshall, who also played a stellar defensive game in center field. “She made some great plays,” coach Moore said of Marshall.

Sarhatt and Lamoree each had RBI groundouts in the sixth to make the score 9-3.

Devon Weller knocked in a run in the top of the seventh and Bailey Myers doubled and later scored on a wild pitch.

The Lady Bulldogs closed the game with a flourish as Rachel Colwell had a two-run single.

Bearden head coach Agelica McClerkin was pleased with her team’s effort. “When our girls play for their teammates they do a great job,” she said.

“They play well when they play together. Our sticks are finally starting to talk now.”