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With hustle, Dawgs rally past West

It wouldn’t be for lack of hustle preventing Bearden’s late-game baseball rally versus West Friday evening at BHS’s chilly Phil Garner Field.

Not after Bearden head coach Jack Tate’s angry and quite direct address to his team moments after a Bulldog batter failed to run out a third-inning infield pop up that was misjudged — costing BHS a run.

“I believe I got their attention in the huddle, and I think that message will carry through for the rest of the season,” said Tate, whose Bulldogs rallied to win 6-3 March 26 behind a pair of clutch late-inning hits and six mostly quality innings from senior starting pitcher Daniel Hullett.

The Bulldogs, despite a 2-6 overall record, improved to 2-1 in District 4-AAA entering the week. “Ty [Greene], Chris [Hamilton] and Trey [York] really came through.”

Greene, junior centerfielder playing his first BHS baseball game after helping Bulldogs basketball finishing tied for third-place in state, connected for his first hit — a two-out three-run homer in the sixth deep to left-centerfield. “A fastball right over the middle of the plate,” Greene said about the pitch. “I just give God all the glory.”

Meanwhile, Hullett allowed just four hits — only one in his last four-and-two-thirds innings of work — with four walks and two hit batters. “Daniel Hullett, he pitched an outstanding baseball game,” Tate said.

Hullett said, “Everything was working for me, pretty much. My curveball was doing great today. I was a little cold out here … but I have a teammate who keeps my jacket warm for me every inning … so when I go out there my arm feels fine.”

Chris Hamilton, junior right fielder, drove home Greene and pinch-runner Ronnie Broyles with a one-out, two-RBI triple deep to centerfield in the fifth, giving Bearden its first lead, 3-2. “It was an inside fastball,” Hamilton said of the pitch he crushed, adding about the rally, “one thing we always have is fight.”

The inning started with an infield single from Alex Helton, who came in to relieve Hullett in the seventh and picked up a save by inducing a ground-ball double-play, then a strikeout. Helton also doubled and scored.

York cut West’s 2-0 lead in half with a third-inning one-out double into the right-centerfield gap, scoring Chase Keen.

In a 6-2 loss to Farragut March 24 at BHS, Garrett Sale and Joe Bruce each had three hits while catcher Drew Pasillas had a double and threw out two FHS runners at second base.


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