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Buckner’s Diamond ’Dawgs unbeaten through five

An early plethora of runs gave the Bearden Bulldogs baseball team all it needed to defeat the Central Bobcats 12-4 Saturday, March 19, at BHS.

Having already tied a game against Karns earlier in the morning in which the BHS bats remained relatively quiet, the Bulldogs (4-0-1 record) found its stroke against CHS.

The Bulldogs scored eight runs in the first three innings as they took the 8-0 lead heading into the fourth inning. Second inning RBI singles by Chris Goetz, William Alexander and a three-run home run by Wayne Miller allowed BHS to take control of the game early.

“We came out that game and got up early on them and got a lot of guys in the game and I was pretty happy about that,” BHS head coach Matt Buckner said.

The home run was just a piece of an outstanding day at the plate for the BHS junior shortstop Wayne Miller. An inning later he drove a two-run double to give him five RBIs in the game. “I got in a groove and kept with it, I lunged at a couple but I kept my weight back and tried to put the ball in play,” he said.

Already in control, BHS substituted its starters and gave its replacements some valuable playing time for the rest of the game.

“We played pretty solid defense and I think our pitchers threw really well,” Buckner said. “I started freshmen in both games (today) and both of them did a really good job I thought.”

Starting pitcher, freshman Hunter Daniel, pitched three shutout innings while racking up four strikeouts. Junior Andrew Baker pitched the fourth while freshman Chase Noah pitched the fifth and sixth and junior Tony Morgan closed out the seventh on the mound.

“We are starting to come together really well as a team. Our pitching is doing really well right now. We have a lot of young arms on our team,” Wayne Miller said. “We feel like we are doing a really good job and if our pitching continues to keep up and bats continue to do well, I think we will be pretty good.”

The Bulldogs head to Destin, Fla., to play in a tournament this week and Bucker is expecting to face some good competition. “I think our guys are ready to go, they are excited about the trip. There will probably be some good baseball so we are looking forward to strapping it on and having some good games,” the coach said.

When the Bulldogs get back from their spring break trip, its back to business as BHS faces rival Farragut at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at Garner Field. “It’s going to be fun down in Destin and I can’t get wait to get back for the big game on Tuesday against Farragut,” Wayne Miller said.


BHS battled Karns for eight innings to earn the tie before the game was called because of time on Saturday, March 19, at BHS.

Freshman Andy Fennell started on the mound for BHS and pitched three scoreless innings.

Wayne Miller made a game saving play at shortstop for BHS in the eighth inning as he made a diving stop on a sure base hit up the middle and threw the runner out at first ending the inning when the go-ahead run was on third base. He also doubled in the game.

“We squandered so many runners on base first guess would be about six to eight runners on base and that’s a lot of opportunities,” Buckner said. “A tie is better than a loss but it’s still not very good.”


Bearden opened up the Oak Ridge/Bearden Invitational with a 10-0 win over Clinton Friday, March 18, at BHS.

Goetz pitched a five-inning complete game one-hitter and the Bulldog bats did the rest. Brett Basham homered and Wayne Miller doubled.


BHS took advantage of a six-run first inning and dominated Sevier County by winning 12-2 Wednesday, March 16, at SCHS.

Ben Irwin earned the win and Kendal Wells hit a home run and doubled. Alexander added a double and Cameron Bowlin tripled for the Bulldogs.


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