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Lail effort central to BHS defeat of Indiana team

Ty Greene’s strong, accurate throw and Mark Lail’s short-hop scoop and tag was the dagger Bearden needed to kill an impressive seventh-inning rally and keep the Bulldogs hot.

Greene, sophomore left fielder, fired a strike to home plate following a single that senior catcher Lail took on a short-hop to tag out the tying run as Noblesville (Ind.) almost rallied from a five-run seventh-inning deficit.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition, April 9, despite seven Noblesville singles in the top of the seventh, Bearden won its fifth straight game. The 9-8 win came Thursday at Phil Garner Field.

“I’ve been keeping my arm in good condition,” said Greene, playing in only his second game of the season due to a hamstring pull. “My catcher made a great play for me.”

Matt Buckner, BHS head coach, said Greene “made a fantastic throw, and Mark made an even better block of the plate. ... Saved the game for us.”

Lail, who contributed offensively with a home run and double, said Greene “made a great play, that’s all I can say about it. … The kid slid in real hard, but I held on to the ball.”

While Bearden improves to 20-6 overall, Noblesville, a school of about 2,400 students just north of Indianapolis in Indiana’s largest classification (4A), lost its first game of the season (5-1).

Junior Travis Scates, stepping in for injured third baseman Drew Pasilas, smacked a two-run homer in the fifth making it 8-4 BHS.

The third of Ryan Ford’s three hits eventually scored the senior shortstop after a Chase Keen single in the sixth, upping the lead to 9-4.

Daniel Hullett, BHS junior reliever, picked up the save working to two batters.

Following the Greene-to-Lail putout, Noblesville still had two men on base before Hullett induced a groundout to end the game. “Daniel did a good job coming in right there,” Buckner said.

Winning pitcher Keen worked 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs, five hits, three walks, three strikeouts.

Other Bulldog offensive contributors were Jonathan Elmore with two hits and one RBI, Keen two hits, Jacob Edwards a double and Garrett Copeland two RBI.


On top of stroking a grand slam, Lail also doubled in the District 4-AAA rout, April 9, at LCHS. The Bulldogs were 6-2 in 4-AAA entering the week. Copeland also homered while Keen had two doubles and Joe Bruce one double. Winning pitcher Copeland needed just 15 pitches, two innings, to retire all but one LCHS batter.


Ford’s two-run homer and Copeland’s triple highlighted the win versus 4-AAA rival Sevier County April 6 at SCHS. Winning pitcher Ryan Potter went the full seven innings, allowing five hits and four walks with six strikeouts.


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