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Dawgs win two during Warrior Classic

Bearden capped its three-game appearance at the rain-shortened Warrior Classic in Murfreesboro with a clutch home run and key defensive play to end 2-1.

Entering the week 11-4 overall, 3-2 in District 4-AAA, BHS opened Classic play by beating Cookeville 8-4 Friday, March 27, at Lebanon High School.

Sophomore Dakota Stallings was winning pitcher, with Corey Phillips pitching two-plus innings of relief.

Later that day, the Bulldogs lost to host Lebanon 4-1. The only BHS run was courtesy a Garrett Copeland RBI single.

“Copeland continued to swing it well,” BHS head coach Matt Buckner said.

Pitcher Chase Keen suffered the loss for Bearden. “We didn’t hit worth anything,” Buckner said. “Their pitcher did a really good job, kinda stuck it to us pretty good.”

It took eight innings for the Bulldogs to slip past Germantown Houston 9-7 Saturday, March 28.

Ryan Ford’s three-run homer in the top of the seventh highlighted a four-run Bearden rally. Ford also added an RBI double and RBI single to lead the maroon and gray offense.

“Ford had kinda cooled off, and then he started swinging in that last game really good,” Buckner said.

But Houston rallied to tie in its last regulation at-bat before the Bulldogs responded in the eighth.

Phillips, the last reliever for starter Daniel Hullett who allowed just three runs in five innings, was winning pitcher.

With Houston threatening in the bottom of the eighth, “We turned a really good double play,” Buckner said of first baseman Joe Bruce’s scoop of a grounder, tagging first and firing to second to end the game. “Kinda secured the game for us. Really a big play.”


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