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Bearden stops Oak Ridge 6-3, wins two more

Josh Hullett may not have pitched in a while, but the senior lefty was anything but rusty as Bearden beat Oak Ridge 6-3, Sunday, April 6, at Hopkins Field in Oak Ridge.

Hullett struck out nine while earning the win in a complete game effort. The senior scattered four hits and walked two in his first outing since March 17.

“Josh was good,” Bearden head coach Matt Buckner said. “He didn’t give up many hits and he pounded the strike zone. He is a good pitcher and he did a good job for us.”

Hullett took a no-hitter into the sixth before a misplayed ball in left field fell for a double. Another double two hitters later gave Oak Ridge its first run of the game.

“Coming in I hadn’t pitched in a while,” Hullett said. “My arm felt good and I just wanted to go out and throw strikes, and I started off a little slow.”

The southpaw surrendered two walks and two RBI singles in the seventh to give the Wildcats their final two runs of the game.

“My curveball kept pulling my arm down, but then I got into a groove and everything was just clicking right,” Hullett said. “I hit my inside corner, which is a big thing with me.

“If I can hit the inside corner it makes it so much easier to throw against batters.”

Bearden, 14-1 overall and 4-1 in District 4-AAA entering the week, subbed the majority of its starters out in the fifth inning. Subsequently, the Bulldogs made two defensive errors that led to Oak Ridge runs.

“I subbed pretty early there,” Buckner said. “We dropped a couple of fly balls that hopefully we would normally make.”

Matt Scruggs singled to drive in the first Bearden run in the top of the second. Bryant Walker drove in a run on a infield single in the third and Hunter Daniel blasted a two-run home run to right to put Bearden up 4-0 that same inning.

“We had some big hits early,” Buckner said. “[Daniel] hit that ball well, he did a good job.”

Bearden scored two more runs in the top of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Garrett Copeland and an RBI single by Taylor Gouffon.


The Bulldogs took advantage of six Lenoir City errors to win 4-0, Wednesday, April 2, at Lenoir City High School.

Daniel allowed four hits in a complete game effort. Dawson Halliday hit a grand slam for Bearden to give the Bulldogs all its runs.


Bearden opened the week with a 6-0 win at Heritage, Monday, March 31. Andy Fennell threw a one-hitter. Scruggs was 3-for-4 with a home run, while Walker also hit a home run.


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