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Despite Copeland, BHS baseball

Garrett Copeland lost only his second game in 22 career pitching decisions during the Class AAA state tourney first round, as Bearden fell in nine innings to Mt. Juliet.

The southpaw senior staff ace allowed seven hits while going the distance — and kept BHS alive with a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.

But the 2-1 loss Tuesday, May 19, was the highlight of Bearden’s stay in Murfreesboro, its first-ever state tourney trip. Cleveland eliminated the Bulldogs 9-4 the next morning.

“If we win that [Mt. Juliet] game, we probably have a chance to make it to the last game,” said BHS head coach Matt Buckner, whose team finishes the season 30-15-1. “Copeland did a great job. They got one more [key] hit than we did. A well-played game on both sides.”

Committing five errors and using five pitchers against Cleveland, Bearden “played terrible,” Buckner said. Ty Greene’s two hits led BHS in its final game.

Calling his ’09 team “a classic case of overachievers,” Buckner gave special praise to his other six seniors.

Shortstop Ryan Ford, District 4-AAA co-offensive Player of the Year, “had an excellent season. [Sean] Greenway [second base] “had an excellent season. [Ryan] Potter gave us a lot of good outings on the mound” with “good defense” at third base and “timely hits.”

[Jonathan] Elmore, centerfielder, “played excellent defense,” [Jacob] Edwards “played super right field and had several clutch hits.” Mark Lail “ended up being a terrific catcher. Fantastic job beside the plate all year.

“Scrappy, hard-nosed group.”


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