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Pitching, defense key 3-game ’Dawg win streak
Seymour, Webb, LCHS are victims

The Bearden Bulldogs baseball team is on the right track after posting a three-win week.

Despite facing adversity before the game began, Bearden closed out the week with a 4-2 win at Seymour, Thursday, April 12. After a near three hour journey to Seymour High School as a result of the team bus breaking down and traffic jam, the Bulldogs put forth a solid performance on the field and came out on top.

Junior Andy Fennell got the complete game victory on the mound to pave the way for Bearden.

“Andy Fennell was sharp,” Bearden head coach Matt Buckner said. “That is the best he has been all year and I am hoping he can stay like that because he was pretty good.”

Sophomore Garrett Copeland hit a two-out, two-run double in the first inning to give the Bulldogs an early lead. Bryant Walker and Justin Miller added doubles for Bearden later in the game.

“We didn’t hit that great but we pitched and played defense really well,” Buckner said. “They are a really good club.”

The Bulldogs traveled to Webb Tuesday, April 10, and came out with an 11-2 win.

Josh Hullett was the winning pitcher in the complete game effort. Walker had the big hit with a bases-clearing double early in the game. Brent Scarbrough added two base hits.

Bearden opened the week with a 5-3 win at Lenoir City Monday, April 9. After giving up all three runs early in the game, Bearden’s Drake Little settled down and got the complete game victory. Miller and Walker doubled to lead the offense.

“I feel like we played good and I feel good about that going out of the week,” Buckner said. “Going into this week we have three conference games which are pretty important.”

The Bulldogs hosted Heritage Monday, April 16 (after press deadline) and South-Doyle Wednesday, April 18. Bearden travels to Maryville Thursday, April 19.

“All three of them are pretty big games,” Buckner said. “We are still young, but I feel like we are growing and getting better.”

The Bulldogs will be facing Heritage and Maryville for the first time this season, and after suffering a 6-1 loss earlier this year to South-Doyle, Buckner feels his team has improved since the last meeting March 26.

“Hopefully we have washed the mistakes out of our system that have cost us the other games,” Buckner said. “We kind of knew that we would take lumps like that early, but I do feel like we are hopefully starting to overcome those a little bit. We are starting to learn and starting to do things a little better.”


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