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Dawgs secure No. 2 4-AAA tourney seed, beat Govs


Bearden High School’s baseball team closed out its 2011 regular season on a winning note Saturday afternoon at Phil Garner Field, and the senior class went out with a bang in the Dawgs’ 6-2 District 4-AAA comeback win over William Blount.

Seniors Craig Norwood and Chris Hamilton stole the show for Bearden, which as No. 2 district seed (11-3) opens 4-AAA tournament play at home Friday.

Norwood, senior pitcher, posted a complete-game victory despite laboring through a rocky first inning. “That’s usually the way it happens for me,” said Norwood, who struck out 13 and allowed just two runs, five hits and three walks.

“In the first inning, I’m always nervous but I always try to settle down and find the zone and hit my spots.”

Norwood and the Bulldogs (21-12 overall) got off to an inauspicious start.

Governors’ singles by Hunter Saunders and Jesse Crisp, plus a walk, produced one run.


“Craig really struggled with the first three hitters but then he really settled down and pitched great,” Bearden head coach Jack Tate said. “I thought he was stronger in the last three innings than he was in the first four.”

The Bulldogs scored three runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-1 lead, starting with three consecutive singles.

Hamilton, senior center fielder who went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice, a two-run homer and two runs, started things with a single. Trey York drew a bases-loaded walk.

Dakota Stallings scored the go-ahead run when senior designated hitter Drew Pasillas rapped into a force play. Derek Lance scored on a wild pitch.

The Bulldogs took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the second. Courtesy runner Neil Gore would score on a Stallings single.

William Blount pulled to within 4-2 with an unearned run in the fourth, but BHS answered.

Hamilton hit a two-run homer over the left field fence, also scoring Adam Thomas.

“That pitch was low and in,” said Hamilton, who was voted Bearden’s Most Improved Player in 2010. “That’s one of my favorite pitches to hit. The only one I like better is one that’s up and in.”

Tate said Hamilton “has been consistent all year. He has speed, a great work ethic and he gets on base.”

 

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