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Fennell, Millers, Roach Wells lead BHS 5-0 run

It was only a few days ago sophomore Andy Fennell was dribbling a basketball in Murfreesboro during the Class AAA state tournament.

One day after rejoining the Bearden baseball team, the young pitcher threw six innings of two-hit baseball that allowed the Bulldogs to cruise to an easy 7-1 victory over Knoxville Catholic Friday, March 17, at BHS’s Phil Garner Field.

Fennell, who only threw 57 pitches in the game, pleasantly surprised BHS head coach Matt Buckner with his opening effort.

“Andy came out and you can’t ask for a whole lot more out of a guy coming back from basketball,” the coach said. “He had a good breaking ball and was able to locate the fastball pretty good.

“He was good, so I’m pretty excited about that.”

On the offense side, the Bulldogs (5-0 entering the week) were led by the big bats of seniors Kendale Roach and Wayne Miller. Roach, who finished the game with three RBIs on 3-4 hitting including a double and a two-run homerun, said that he is happy with his plate vision thus far. “I’m just seeing the ball right now and making solid contact,” he said. “That’s it pretty much.”

Wayne Miller, who had a 3-3 day at the plate, hit a solo homerun for the Bulldogs in the first inning to give the Bearden an early 1-0 lead. Roach followed with a double and senior first baseman Kendal Wells drove him home with a RBI single and the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead at the end of the first.

“We had some guys that did well at the plate,” Buckner said. “Wayne Miller, Kendale Roach, those guys carried the load offensively.”

Bearden got two more runs in the bottom of the second on RBI singles by Justin Miller and Roach.

Wells’ sacrifice fly to left gave the Bulldogs its final run in the sixth.

Aside from pitching and offense, the defense also had a solid night. “One of the main improvements with us is that we have been able to play good defense, we have been solid so far defensively and that has been a big plus,” Buckner said. “One thing in the past is that we have made some errors, but I feel pretty good about our guys right now in the infield.”

The Bulldogs only error came in the sixth as Wells let a groundball slip past him at first base, leading to Catholic’s only run.

One of the reasons for such solid defense may be a switch of positions by the Millers. Wayne Miller, who played shortstop last season, is now playing third base while Justin Miller is now playing short.

So far this season, Buckner is pleased with how his two infielders have responded to the change. “Wayne will probably be a third baseman in college and Justin is going to probably end up playing the middle in college, but it was just the best switch for us and it really solidified our infield,” the coach said. “[Wayne] is a natural third baseman and he does a good job over there and Justin has done a great job at short so far.”


Bearden closed out the Anderson Co. Classic with a 6-4 win Saturday, March 18, at Oak Ridge. Wayne Miller doubled for the Bulldogs.


Led by Roach’s two doubles and Wayne Miller’s homerun and double, the Bulldogs won 11-0 Saturday, March 18, at Oak Ridge.


Bearden opened the Anderson Co. Classic with a 10-1 win Thursday, March 16, at Phil Garner Field. The offense was led by Wayne Miller’s two doubles. Justin Miller and Bowlin added doubles. Freshman pitcher Garrett Copeland got the win in six innings of work.


Wayne Miller homered for BHS as they opened their season with a 5-0 win Monday, March 13, at Phil Garner Field. Pitcher Hunter Daniel got the win for the Bulldogs.


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