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Diamond ’Dawgs win Alabama tourney pool, but lose two

For the first time this season, the Bearden Bulldogs tasted defeat.

After starting the season with five wins, the baseball Bulldogs traveled to Gulf Shores, Ala., for a spring break tournament. Despite winning its pool, a 12-5 semifinal loss to Charles Henderson (Troy, Ala.) Thursday, March 22, ended BHS’s week with disappointment.

“We played pretty well until the last day,” Bearden head coach Matt Buckner said. “The last day I’m not sure we played that bad, we just went up against a team that could swing it pretty good. And we didn’t pitch it very well, didn’t field it very well and we didn’t hit it very well.”

Bearden (8-2 record entering the week) couldn’t contain the CHHS bats as they jumped out to an 11-0 lead after four innings.

“We got our pants beat off. ... They could swing it, everything they hit was in the hole or tattooed,” Buckner said. “I give them a lot of credit because they did a good job. They are tough and ready to go.”

Bearden ended pool play March 23 with a 7-4 win against Northview (Ala.). Bearden junior Andy Fennell was the winning pitcher after battling through a shaky first and sixth innings. Bearden senior Justin Miller launched a two-run home run to lead the offense.

The Bulldogs suffered its first loss of the season against Huntsville (Ala.) in a 3-2, March 20 game that took 11 innings to complete. The Bulldogs’ bats didn’t give much support to strong pitching efforts from Taylor Gouffon (6 1/3 innings) and Josh Hullett (4 1/3).

Gouffon gave up a two-run home run in the first inning, but the duo held the opposition scoreless until the 11th.

“The game was ended on a questionable call, but we lost,” Buckner said. “Hullet got the loss but it was a tough loss, it was a really tough one.”

Gouffon had a solid game at the plate as well, going 2-of-3 with a double and scoring a run.

Bearden bounced back later Tuesday with a 9-4 win against Gordo (Ala.). Zac Fine was the winning pitcher, as he struck out 10. Junior Bryant Walker hit his fifth home run of the season to lead the Bulldogs offense.

Bearden opened the tournament March 19 with a 12-2 victory versus Alexandria (Ala.). Dawson Halliday led the way with two home runs, including a grand slam that opened the doors for the Bulldogs. Hunter Daniel went four innings on the mound and Ryan Potter closed out the game in the fifth.


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