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BHS rips South-Doyle, nips Govs in tourney

The Bearden Bulldogs came up to the plate in a big way as they beat South-Doyle 11-1 in five innings in the opening round of the District 4-AAA tournament, Friday, May 2, at Bearden’s Phil Garner Field.

South-Doyle scored in the first inning, but Bearden (33-3 entering the week) tied the game in the third on a Ryan Ford RBI single.

The Cherokees had runners on first and third in the second inning with two outs and were on the verge of scoring its second run, but a run-saving play by shortstop Ford deep in the hole kept the score tied at one apiece.

“He has got some arm strength,” BHS head coach Matt Buckner said about Ford. “Not a lot of kids make that play. He had an easy play at second, but he wanted to show that big arm off.”

Jonathan Byrd broke the tie the following inning with a three-run double to give BHS a 4-1 lead. “I knew the guy had been throwing good stuff all night,” Byrd said. “I saw the fastball inside and didn’t try to do too much with it, just threw my hands at it, got lucky and hit it down the line.”

Bearden’s Hunter Daniel got the win on the mound, scattering two hits and walking three.“Hunter didn’t have his utmost best stuff, but he had enough,” Buckner said.

Bearden broke the game open in the fifth as it hammered home seven runs on five doubles to put an end to the game via run-rule.

“We just wanted to come out play well this first game,” BHS center fielder Matthew Scruggs said. “Hunter pitched well and we knew we had to hit the ball to win because they are a good ball team.”

Scruggs and Taylor Gouffon followed each had an RBI-double. Bryant Walker hit a sacrifice grounder to make the score 7-1.

Garrett Copeland’s RBI-double increased the lead to 8-1. Jonathan Edwards hit a two-RBI double to give the Bulldogs a 10-1 lead.

Ford drew a walk to put runners on first and second to set the stage for Scruggs to be the hero.

Scruggs hammered the ball off the left field wall to end the game.

“It took us a little while to get going, but I will take it sooner or later,” Buckner said. “Their kid did a good job there for a while, and we finally had some good at bats against him.”

The Bulldogs beat William Blount 2-1 in the semifinals, Saturday, May 3, at BHS. Andy Fennell got the win on the mound by striking out nine and scattering three hits in the complete game effort. Scruggs hit a home run to lead the offensive attack.

The Bulldogs closed out its regular season with a 2-1 win versus Sevier County in eight innings, Tuesday, April 29, at home.

Hullett, Potter, Copeland and Daniel combined to limit Sevier County to just three hits. Daniel earned the win after coming in to pitch the final inning. Dawson Halliday homered while Byrd and Gouffon added doubles.


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