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Broyles fires perfect game, BHS girls 2nd at Eastman


Seven victories, including a perfect game from Lady Bulldog pitcher Heather Broyles, earned the Bearden High School softball team a second-place finish at the annual Eastman Invitational in Kingsport among a 36-team field from Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina in addition to Tennessee.

“I thought that our pitching was outstanding,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said about the one-two punch of Broyles and Sally Gale, both All-tournament selections. “Heather almost had back-to-back perfect games.”

Broyles, only a sophomore, fired a perfect game to beat Twin Springs, Va., 9-0, then came back to fire a one-hitter — two baserunners total — to beat Science Hill 1-0 during the three-day tourney last weekend.

A 1-0 loss to defending Division II state champion Chattanooga Baylor in Sunday’s title game did little to dampen Blevins’ enthusiasm, especially about his team’s improved infield defense. Bearden committed only four errors in eight games.

“I don’t think (Amy) Goodrich has made an error at short(stop), Goody’s got sure hands and an exceptional arm,” Blevins said. “And (Amanda) McCollum (second base) made a sensational play out in right field to catch a for-sure single. And (Leigh) Peters made about five sensational plays at first ... and she’s got a lot of quickness around the bag, too. (Alicia) Boris is real steady at third.”

Haley Downen, a freshman outfielder “made an outstanding catch in centerfield against Sullivan East,” Blevins said.

Sunday’s loss ended a 16-game winning streak for the defending Eastman Invitational champion Lady Dawgs dating back to 2002.

Rebounding from a 1-0 loss to archrival Farragut in nine innings April 14 at FHS’s Bellamy Field, the Lady ’Dawgs entered this week’s action with a 16-7 overall record, 4-4 in District 4-AAA.

BHS 2 CLEVELAND 1

Winning pitcher Gale allowed just five hits Friday afternoon.

BHS 9 SEYMOUR 5

Seven Lady Bulldog hits and five Seymour errors paved the way to victory Friday in five innings (time limit). Two hits from McCollum, Bearden’s other All-tournament honoree, and Broyles’ triple led the way.

BHS 9 TWIN SPRINGS 0

Boris, the only Lady Bulldog hitting above .400 for the season, led the winning offense with two hits as 12 different BHS players had at least one hit.

BHS 1 SCIENCE HILL 0

McCollum’s RBI double in the fifth-inning brought in the game-winner Saturday. Goodrich also had a double.

BHS 1 KARNS 0

Narrowed to the final 16 teams Saturday, Bearden won behind Sally Gale’s three-hit complete game pitching performance.

BHS 3 CENTRAL 2

Brittany Richardson kept Bearden’s championship hopes alive in dramatic fashion Sunday.

Down to its final out and trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning (time-limit game), Richardson came through with runners at first and second base. Her double off the right-centerfield fence brought home both the tying and winning run.

BHS 4 SULLIVAN EAST 0

Richardson once again came through with the big hit, smashing a three-run homer in the third inning. Boris and Goodrich each had a double.

 

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