FHS softball dominates Lady Hawks

Hardin Valley Academy finally paid a heavy price, within District 4-AAA’s softball race, for its shaky defense so far in 2019.

Farragut made sure of that Friday evening, April 5, at FHS’s Bellamy Field, while also using infield hits, extra-base knocks and solid pitching to tighten the league race and win 10-2.

“We’ve been making a ton of errors,” said HVA head coach Whitney Hickam-Cruze, whose team fell to 7-1 in district, 11-4 overall. “We’ve been winning some ballgames making a lot of errors.

“When you play a good team, they’re going to make you pay for those errors,” she added.

Junior Bailey Myers and sophomore Cameron Young each had clutch extra-base hits and multi-hit games to propel the Lady Ads, who improved to 16-5 overall while tying for the league lead at 7-1.

“We all picked each other up … we all had each other’s backs,” said Myers, who had an RBI double and two hits overall. “We knew we could win if we hit.”

“Every single person, whether they played or not, was in the dugout cheering, picking each other up,” said Young, who had a two-RBI double, an RBI triple plus a groundout RBI.

Freshman Lauren Brakovec also had two hits and two RBI. Freshman Avery “Ace” Strickland also had two hits.

Retiring the final nine batters she faced, winning pitcher Lakyn Moore went the distance, allowing four hits, two earned runs and no walks with six strikeouts in seven innings. “I think I stayed pretty focused with my spins and making sure that my movement was working; … Movement-wise I like my curve and my rise(ball),” Moore, a senior, said. “My change-up comes in handy, too.”

Senior Joely Gruhn, junior Devon Weller and Moore each connected for one Farragut hit.

For the Lady Hawks offensively, junior Abby Wilson stroked a two-RBI single in the fourth inning.

Sophomore Madi Lane, junior Mariah Hall and senior Emalee McCord each had one hit.