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More struggles for BHS softball

Growing pains continue for Bearden softball.

The Lady Bulldogs began the week with a tough doubleheader setback to South-Doyle at BHS’s Kim Hazelwood Field Monday, April 21.

It ended with a pair of blowout district losses, as BHS began this week 11-19 overall and finished 4-10 in District 4-AAA.

“Right now we’re just not playing at a level I think that we can,” BHS head coach Gary Mashburn said. “Right when we need to make a play we’re botching it, and that’s concerning me a little bit. ... Again, we’re still very, very young so I can’t put too much stock in it.”

Losing game one 4-1 against SDHS, the Lady Bulldogs saw a 4-2 seventh-inning lead disappear in game two as South-Doyle eventually claimed a 5-4 win in nine innings.

“In the second game we came to play a little bit more,” Mashburn said. “A critical error or two put us in a bad spot. … We make our errors at the wrong time.

“The big prize is still out there with the district tournament,” he added, as Bearden’s season was on the line in the opening round of the 4-AAA tourney, which is single elimination for seeds Nos. through 8 in the first round April 30 and also for seeds Nos. 3 and 4 Thursday, May 1.

Maryville easily whipped Bearden 15-1, Tuesday, April 22, at BHS.

Despite the loss, “Alex Boris pitched well against Maryville, but we did not play defense behind her very well,” Mashburn said about his junior pitcher/third baseman.

Bearden was blanked by William Blount 10-0 Thursday, April 24, at WBHS.


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