A promising start to the two-time defending state champion Farragut softball team’s week — pulling away late for a 9-2 District 4-4A win against rival Bearden at FHS’s Bellamy Field Tuesday evening, March 21 — turned a bit sour after three mid- and late-week setbacks left an 8-3 overall record starting this week.
Against the Lady Bulldogs, sophomore catcher Elsa Morrison homered, doubled and singled with three RBI; senior shortstop Ava Guzowski blasted a two-run homer and singled; junior Laney Shrader connected for two doubles and an RBI; lead-off hitter Addison Pressley, a junior, added a double, a single, a sacrifice fly and scored a run; Audrey Ginel and Amelia Dorset each singled; Anna French and Caylee George each scored a run.
Winning pitcher Emma MacTavish, junior staff ace, allowed two earned runs, four hits — none after the third inning — one walk and one hit batter with six strikeouts.
For Bearden, Jaycie Overton doubled and singled, with one RBI; Riley Sieber had a triple and a run scored; Lauren Spainhower singled and scored a run.
Other games, 2-3 record
Farragut fell at Heritage 1-0 in a district game Thursday, March 23, despite MacTavish allowing just five hits and no walks with seven strikeout and one earned run.
Losing the next day to Midway 4-2, Morrison smacked a home run with two RBI.
Beating Hixson 9-1 Friday, March 24, Morrison homered with two hits total while Guzowski had a double, two hits total, with three RBI. Haley Nichols, junior first baseman, homered and also drove in three runs. Winning pitcher Sophia Leto, a senior, went five innings, allowing no earned runs, two hits and no walks with six strikeouts in five innings.
Beating Notre Dame 15-0 Saturday, March 25, Guzowski homered, two hits total, with six RBI; Shrader contributed three hits, including a double, with three RBI; Rilee Kate Ragan doubled (two hits) with one RBI.
The week ended with a 3-0 loss to Alcoa March 25.