Bearden’s baseball team prides itself on having great chemistry, and the Bulldogs will look to use that chemistry to win games this year.
With such a large team with many new incoming members every year, it can be difficult to build relationships off the diamond, but the Bulldogs have had no trouble doing that this season.
“It’s [team chemistry] a lot better this year,” junior Will Crowder said. “We’re more of a tight knit group and knowing that everyone out there will be with each other is helpful to the whole team.”
One thing Bearden has looked to this year has been their offense.
“I think we can really hit the ball,” senior Ross McKenry said. “Our hitting has been really good; I mean we put up 24 runs on one team.”
Bearden’s hitting has been impressive this year, having three games with double digit runs. One of those games was last week against Powell, when Bearden won 24-6, including home runs from sophomore Jacob Balsley and seniors Nate Atkins and Spencer Glover.
The Bulldogs (6-7, 2-3 District 4-AAA) also had a district win over Hardin Valley last week, taking the game 8-2. Junior Tyler Meyers was the winning pitcher, and he believes if he continues to pitch well, he can help the team get to the state tournament.
“As a team, we want to go to state,” Meyers said. “Personally, I just want to do my best and help the team get there.”
Last season, the team’s season ended early, losing in the district tournament.
“We haven’t made it out of districts the last couple of years, so that’s a big thing this year,” Crowder said. “The main goal is a state championship.”
Bearden lost to Farragut (12-5, 4-2) on Monday night, but they will look to bounce back on Wednesday against Catholic (7-6, 1-2).
State may be a little way down the road, but for now the Bulldogs will look to use their team chemistry to win games.
“I feel the team is very tight and we’re all close friends,” Meyers said. “We all support each other.”