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One final heartbreak ends Diamond ’Dawg baseball season 8-7

Bearden lost another one run game, and this one ended the Bulldogs’ season.

The William Blount Governors defeated BHS 8-7 Monday night at Farragut High, eliminating them from the 4-AAA District Tournament.

BHS trailed early, but never stopped competing. Bearden scored on home runs by Brett Basham and William Alexander. Andrew Smith, Wayne Miller and Kendale Roach added RBIs.

The Bulldogs’ hopes of a comeback were shattered when Smith’s bid for a game-tying home run was caught at the leftfield wall for the final out of the game. Bearden’s season ended with a 17-19 overall record.

After a disappointing start to the season, BHS bounced back and remained competitive until the end. Bearden head coach Matt Buckner said, “The last month-and-a-half of the season we played unbelievable baseball. We opened up about 6-13 not playing good baseball. It took us a little while to gel as a team. I’m proud of my kids and I’m looking forward to next year. The seniors did a good job, a lot of them really improved. I’ll always remember them because they were my first group of seniors.”


Bearden smashed West 17–3 to stay alive in the 4-AAA tourney Saturday at South-Doyle. The seventh-seeded Bulldogs steered clear of elimination by producing 19 hits in their rout of the Rebels.

BHS received a tremendous pitching effort from senior, Taylor Leija. Leija struck out seven in his six innings of work and the Bearden offense did the rest.

The Bulldogs started clicking offensively in the third inning when Roach drove in the first run of the game with a RBI single. Kendale Wells followed him up with two RBI single.

Bearden responded to a West rally quickly in the following inning as Aaron Hall and William Alexander had RBI singles in the fourth and Matt Gathagan scored on a wild pitch to spread the lead to 6-2. Cameron Bowlin, Gathagan, Hall and Michael Grivetti had RBI singles in the fifth to increase the lead to 11-2. BHS scored in the sixth inning thanks to an RBI double driven off the left field wall by Basham.

In the top of the seventh inning Miller, Wells, Wade Hodge and Chris Goetze each had RBIs.

Bearden’s Hall closed out the game on the mound for the Bulldogs, pitching the seventh inning while striking out the final batter of the game.


Bearden bounced back from a heartbreaking loss the day before to the second-seeded South Doyle. The Bulldogs were down after six innings 5-2 despite a strong pitching performance by junior Ben Irwin. BHS’s only runs were results of Wells’ RBI double in the fourth inning and Miller’s RBI single in the sixth.

Bearden’s offense was quiet the whole game until it erupted in the top of the seventh. A lead-off walk drawn by Bowlin fired up BHS and they were able to score three runs on singles from Grivetti, Roach and Wells to tie the game 5-5.


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