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BHS grabs second-place in Powerade Classic as Buckner’s boys win three

CRESTVIEW, FLA — The Bearden Bulldogs continued its winning ways in Florida but fell short in the championship game of the Powerade Classic in Crestview, Fla. to Crestview High School 5-2 Friday, March 25, at CHS.

With a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Bulldogs (7-1-1 record to begin the week) were in position to take a four game sweep in the tournament, but mistakes prevented such a deed.

"We really wanted to win that game, it was the championship game and we were in position to win but we made a few mistakes that put it away for us," BHS head coach Matt Buckner said. "We were up two-to-one when they came to bat in the bottom of the sixth. We had one out and they had a couple runners on and we made a couple of mistakes and they put a four spot on us. We made several miscues that cost us the ballgame."

Freshman Andy Fennell started the game on the mound and pitched into the sixth inning when disaster struck for BHS. "He threw well enough to win," Buckner said.

Buckner started freshman pitchers in the last two games of the tournament and he is pleased with the effort they have exhibited early in the season. "I'm excited about that group I think they have potential to be pretty special down the road," Buckner said.

As for an overall assessment of the week, Buckner feels his team is confident at this point in the season. "We did a good job and did what we had to do and hit the ball and I was pretty pleased with how we played," Buckner said. "Those first three games we blistered it everywhere. Friday was a little bit of a bummer.

“It hurts a little worse when you are in position to win and don't. I think we are feeling confident our guys are excited about Tuesday (home against FHS after press deadline) we want to see where we are at and see where we compare with the best."

Holding Paxton High School to two hits, freshman Hunter Daniel earned his second win of the year on the mound as he pitched three scoreless innings, and fellow freshman Chase Noah pitched the final three innings as the two combined to help lead Bearden past PHS 11-0 in the late game Thursday, March 24.

Cameron Bowlin and Justin Miller each doubled while Wayne Miller and Kendale Roach homered to lead the Bulldogs.

Bearden pounded out 16 hits to defeat Madison Academy 13-7 in the early game March 24.

William Alexander, Wayne Miller, Roach, Bowlin and Justin Miller each doubled and Roach hit a home run as the BHS bats were alive and well.

The Bulldogs opened the Powerade Classic with a 10-3 win over Woodham High School Wednesday, March 23.

The bats showed up and junior Chris Goetz did the job on the mound by earning the complete game victory.

"Woodham was a decent team and I thought we played really well against them," Buckner said. "We hit the ball really well; I think that everyone had a couple of hits."


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