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Bulldogs begin week perfect heading to Farragut March 29

The Bearden Bulldogs baseball team continued its hot play in the Gulf Coast Classic in Gulf Shores, Ala., by going 4-0 in the tournament and improving to 9-0 on the season entering the week.

The action started Monday, March 20, against Buckhorn and the Bulldogs got a three-run homerun from senior catcher Jonathan Reynolds to get the 8-6 victory. Junior Drake Little got the win on the mound in five innings of work.

The next day the Bulldogs defeated Prattville 7-4. Senior first baseman Kendal Wells hit a two-run homerun and freshman Garrett Copeland got the win in a complete game effort.

Seniors Kendale Roach and Cameron Bowlin added doubles for the Bulldogs.

Wednesday proved to be more of the same for Bearden as they cruised to an easy 10-1 win over McAdorry. Sophomore Andy Fennell got the win on the mound in five innings of work.

Senior Wayne Miller hit two triples while Roach, Wells and David Harber added doubles to lead the Bulldogs offense.

The hit brigade continued on Thursday as the Bulldogs beat Montgomery Academy 11-0 in the final day on the tournament. Sophomore Hunter Daniel got the win on the mound while Justin Miller, Roach, Bowlin, Little and Matthew Scruggs each hit doubles.

“We played okay,” BHS head coach Matt Buckner said. “Our defense has been really strong, which has been the real improvement in our team this year.”

The skipper was also pleased with the pitching effort. “Our pitching has been consistent and good,” the coach said. “We have thrown strikes and have done a good job so far.”

The pitching has been a pleasant addition to the consistent offensive production the Bulldogs have put up this season.

“We had several hitters that did well, you can pretty much always say Wells, Roach and [Wayne] Miller have swung it pretty good since we started,” the coach said. “They all hit the ball well.”

Aside from those three, Buckner was also pleased with the play of Bowlin and Scruggs over the week.

“Matthew Scruggs played really well for us in left field,” Buckner said. “Cameron Bowlin swung it pretty well; he swung it better than he has in the past couple of years.”

Buckner feels that the tournament will give his team adequate preparation heading into district play this week.

Bearden traveled to John Heatherly Field Wednesday, March 29 [after press deadline], for a showdown with archrival and Class AAA power Farragut.

Following is the SportsBelle Classic March 30 to April 1 in Knoxville.


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