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Dawgs survive loss to FHS, erase four-run deficit to clip West

A nightmare scenario of walks, coming on the heels of a heartbreaking District 4-AAA tourney loss to Farragut, made it look like Bearden was on the verge of collapse Monday afternoon.

But Jack Tate's Diamond Dawgs heated up the sticks, ending with 10 hits, and twice rallied to eventually claim a District 4-AAA tourney win, 8-6, against West in an elimination game at FHS's John Heatherly Field May 10.

“We found a way; a little luck was involved,” said Tate, first year BHS head coach. “We needed that.”

The Bulldogs (17-21) survived to play Knoxville Catholic in an elimination game Tuesday, May 11 (after press deadline).

Bearden needed a win there plus a victory against Maryville later Tuesday to advance for a chance at revenge versus Farragut and to advance into region play.

Five consecutive one-out walks allowed by the BHS pitching staff in the third inning brought home two runs, putting the Rebels (18-15) ahead 2-0.

Relief pitcher Daniel Hullett, who picked up the win, gave up the final of those five straight walks, plus a sacrifice fly and an RBI single, as West built a 4-0 lead.

But the senior would settle down and Bearden's bats would respond immediately. “I came in there, wasn't feeling good at first, but I finally got loose and started throwing really well,” Hullett said.

Tate said he “was really proud of Daniel Hullett, the way he came in there ... he was just awesome.”

Trey York's sharp single to left with one out in the Bulldogs third was followed by Derek Lance's double and Drew Pasillas' two-RBI single cutting the lead in half.

Ty Greene's second hit of the game was followed by Garrett Sale's RBI single. Travis Scates' sacrifice fly tied the game 4-4.

Hullett’s double off the left field wall in the fourth was followed by Chase Keen's perfectly placed bunt single down the third base line. Lance's two-RBI double down the third base line gave the Bulldogs their first lead, 6-4.

The Rebs would tie the game in the sixth with a one-out double and a pair of two-out singles. But West then became generous in the BHS sixth with costly mistakes.

After York walked, Lance reached second when a throw to cut down York went to the wrong fielder near the bag.

Green brought home the go-ahead run following an innocent grounder that was bobbled, with York dead to rights, then thrown low at home allowing York to score. Garrett Sale added an RBI single.


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