The Bearden baseball team is looking to the mound and depth in its bullpen, as it prepares for the grueling schedule of the postseason.
“Guys on the mound, Cole (Poynter), Tyler (Myers), Carl (Beach) have been really instrumental to our success,” Coach John Rice said.
Coach Rice and the Bulldogs will start the postseason Friday when they open the district tournament against Catholic at 7:30 p.m. All district tournament games are at Hardin Valley Academy.
The quick turnaround of tournament play requires a big bullpen to ensure fresh arms on the mound. Bearden will play again at 11 a.m. on Saturday, meaning they’ll have only about 13 hours in between games.
“It tests your pitching,” Coach Rice said. “By testing it, whether you do great then or not, you are going to improve.”
Not only has the team had help from the mound, but also at the plate.
“At the plate, John Beam is phenomenal,” Coach Rice said. “John is the model of consistency at the plate; he has done really well.”
Teammates have seen significant development throughout their team as the season progresses and as things begin to fall into place.
“Our hitting is really starting to get better throughout this year,” Poynter said. “We are really starting to get into the groove.”
Beam also commented on the skill of their team.
“I think we have a lot more depth than anyone in our district,” Beam said. “I think it will help us go a lot further than any of the other teams.”
The Bulldogs have high hopes as they continue their season.
“We want to get out of the district tournament,” Coach Rice said. “We are pretty confident that if we can get out, we can get to a sectional, and if you can get to a sectional, you are one win away from a state tournament.”