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‘Up-and-down’ week for Buckner’s baseball Bulldogs

The Bearden Bulldogs baseball team is looking for a little consistency after suffering its first losing week of the season.

After losing two district games to South-Doyle and Heritage to start the week, the Bulldogs (10-6 overall and 2-2 in District 4-AAA at week’s end) had a 2-2 showing in the Warrior Classic in Murfreesboro over the weekend.

“It was up-and-down and that’s kind of what we are right now,” Bearden head coach Matt Buckner said. “We have to figure out how to stay a little bit more consistent because we have a tough week ahead.”

On Saturday the Bulldogs started the day with a 14-12 win against Clarksville. Ryan Potter was the winning pitcher.

Justin Miller hit two home runs and a double. Craig Jenkins went 3-4 with a home run. Jonathon Byrd had two doubles and Bryan Walker doubled as Bearden racked up 17 team hits in the slugfest.

In the later game, Bearden lost to Smyrna 7-2. Taylor Gouffon was the losing pitcher. Bearden got its two runs in the first inning on a Garrett Copeland two-RBI single.

Bearden opened the Warrior Classic with a 11-5 win against Pope John Paul II Friday., March 30. Justin Miller homered and Josh Hullett was the winning pitcher.

Bearden lost to University School of Jackson 4-3 in the second game Friday.

A two-run home run in the first inning got USJ started, but Bearden hung tough.

“The best game we played was U-S-J,” Buckner said. “Hunter Daniel pitched an excellent ballgame. We had an opportunity in the bottom of the sixth and couldn’t do anything with it.”

The other two USJ runs were unearned but Daniel was charged with the loss. Byrd hit a home run for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs lost 9-5 at William Blount Wednesday. After trailing the majority of the game, the Bulldogs tied it 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth. But a four run-seventh inning for William Blount sealed the game for the visitors. Gouffon got the loss.

Bearden opened the week with a 6-1 loss at South Doyle March 26. The Bulldogs bats were held in check by Cherokees pitcher Chad Bell who pitched a three-hit, 12-strikeout complete game.

Bulldogs Matt Scruggs led the game off with a home run to give Bearden a early lead, but little happened offensively after that.

“We have played some good teams,” Buckner said. “We had a tough week but we strap it back on and see what we can do this week.”


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