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Despite rough opener, BHS softball breaks at 2-0 in District 4-AAA

Bearden has had its ups and downs already in the early going, but things look bright after spitting a doubleheader with Carter Wednesday, March 12, at BHS.

Meanwhile, a 10-1 win against District 4-AAA rival Lenoir City left Bearden with a 2-0 district mark, 3-2 overall, at spring break (more details later in this story).


Freshman Laura Hensley picked up her second win of the year on the mound as the Lady Bulldogs took game one 4-3 in extra innings. After allowing a home run to the first batter of the game, Hensley settled down to strike out eight to earn the win in a six-inning complete game effort.

“We are hitting the ball very well, so I am actually very pleased,” Bearden head coach Gary Mashburn said. “Laura pitched very well.”

Bearden tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth on an Alex Boris RBI single. Meagan Fredenberg led off the bottom of the sixth with a single. The senior stole second and third base before scoring the winning run on a bunt off the bat of Carter Davis.

Fredenberg and Davis both doubled, as Bearden had nine hits.

“I feel like we played pretty solidly,” Mashburn said. “We had to come from behind two nights in a row now and we managed to do it except for the last ballgame.”

Game two didn’t go as well for Bearden as Carter won 6-2. The Lady Bulldogs only managed four hits, but Fredenberg was 3-for-3 with two singles and a triple.

Bearden loaded the bases with one-out in the bottom of the first but didn’t score.

Carter scored all of its runs in the third inning as it took advantage of three Bearden outfield blunders to take a 6-0 lead.

“We need to do a better job of making the easy plays,” Mashburn said. “Our outfield needs to come together a little bit more. We have a lot of youth out there and overall we are just going to get better every day defensively.”

Boris was charged with the loss on the mound. Sophomore Kaylee Heemsoth came on in relief in the fourth and went the final two innings without allowing a run.

“Alex and Kaylee did not pitch badly at all in the second ballgame,” Mashburn said. “They had a few timely hits in the gaps, not really hard hit balls, just in the right place.”

Bearden got its two runs in the third inning on a couple of Carter errors.

After opening the season with a 21-8 loss to Webb, Monday, March 10, the Lady Bulldogs bounced back the following day with a 7-6 district win versus Sevier County.

Elizabeth Gray homered and doubled while Fredenberg added a double to help lead Bearden to the nine-inning victory.

Hensley got the win in a complete game effort.


Fredenberg’s home run helped pace BHS during its first road game of the season Thursday, March 13, at LCHS. “Meagan had a pretty good day,” Mashburn said. “We played pretty good defense.”

Overall through five games, “Fredenberg and Elizabeth Gray have been two of the heavier hitters,” Mashburn said. “Laura Hensley, my little freshman pitcher, has done a pretty good job.”


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