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Rough sledding lately for Diamond 'Dawgs; lose 'Turn Back' tilt

For the Bearden Bulldogs baseball team, being a part of “Turn Back the Clock Night” at Farragut High School Thursday, April 28, was a new experience.

Bearden lost to Karns 3-1, but even though they lost on the baseball field, being a part of the game was memorable.

Bearden and Karns were two of four teams participating in the second annual ‘Turn Back the Clock Night’ at FHS to raise money for East Tennessee Children’s hospital.

The event featured half-priced concessions, throwback uniforms, wood bats, and old ragtime music blaring from the public address system.

“It’s a fun game,” Bearden head coach Matt Buckner said. “It was a well played baseball game.”

Bearden’s lone run came in the fourth when Wayne Miller scored on a balk. Beavers’ pitchers Jeremy Monroe, Brian Fogarty and Keith Ferguson allowed only two Bearden hits on the night.

The lack of offense could be attributed to the use of wood bats, but the Bearden skipper feels that was not the biggest problem.

“We pretty much just got outplayed,” Buckner said. “We couldn’t get bunts down, we made a couple mental mistakes and we made an error here and there.”

However, Miller, Bearden’s third baseman, said the wooden bats played a major part in the game that saw only five hits between two teams.

“It definitely changes the whole aspect of the game when you use wood bats,” he said. “Basically everybody tried to kill the ball like they were using metal bats and you can’t do that with a wooden bat.

“Normally we can have about ten or twelve hits on the board.”

After being no-hit for four innings by Bearden starter Drake Little, Karns’ Tytus Moss tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth. KHS took the lead the following inning after two back-to-back hit-by-pitches with bases loaded brought two runs in to give Karns a 3-1 lead.

“Really there isn’t a whole lot of importance to the game but I don’t like losing,” Buckner said. “They did a good job and executed better than we did.

“It’s just a fun event, I wish we would have played a little better but we didn’t.”

Despite the loss, Miller agreed that the game was fun. “It’s a good atmosphere,” he said. “You really don’t realize there are that many people here and then you look up in the crowd and there is actually a pretty good amount in a relaxed environment.”


The Bulldogs closed out its week with a 9-3 loss on the road to Shelbyville Saturday, April 29. Despite 10 hits, the Bulldogs couldn’t muster more than three runs as senior Chris Goetze got the loss on the mound.

The Bulldogs’ overall record dropped to 24-10 entering the week, while their District 4-AAA record sits at 10-3 entering the week.

Bearden is assured the No. 3 seed entering the district tourney, which begins Friday at South-Doyle and William Blount High Schools, then moves to SDHS for the remaining games beginning Monday, May 8.

Earlier in the day Saturday the Bulldogs played Ooltewah and lost 8-5. Hunter Daniel was the losing pitcher on the mound.

On Friday, April 28, the Bulldogs defeated Heritage 16-4 on the road. Wayne Miller and Justin Miller both homered to lead the offense. Andy Fennell got the win on the mound.

On Wednesday, April 26, the Bulldogs beat Maryville 9-3 at Bearden’s Phil Garner Field behind triples from Wayne and Justin Miller and a homerun from Kendal Wells.

Garrett Copeland was the winning pitcher.


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