VINCENNES — The Bedford North Lawrence baseball team found its way back on the winning track in a big way Monday night at Vincennes Lincoln.
The Stars cranked out 14 hits against the Alices (8-8) and cruised to a 13-4.
“It’s a long bus ride over there and the kids did a good job of getting off the bus and getting focused,” said BNL coach Jeff Callahan. “We had a pretty good infield and went out and got on the board in the first inning, which is huge.”
“I was real proud of all the players, they all did a great job tonight.”
Leading 2-1, BNL right fielder Jack Green smashed a solo home run to right center to start the Stars’ second inning and push their lead to 3-1.
“He’s seeing the ball real well right now and he’s being real patient,” Callahan said. “He’s doing a good job of getting ahead in the count and making pitchers throw the ball over the plate.
“We dropped him the order a little bit and he accepted that role and has done a heck of a job in the seven hole for us.”
A host of two-out walks and doubles by Green and Tanksley in the third inning helped spur a four-run frame and give BNL some breathing room, 7-1.
“That was huge,” Callahan said. “Tanner (Tow) went out and pitched really well and we got him a lead and then some breathing room.
“They kind of got back into it a little in the fifth to make it 7-4, but we tacked a couple of runs on as soon as we got back to the plate. We ran it back up to a five-run lead (9-4), which took the wind out of their sails.”
Singles in the sixth by Tanner Tow, Cole Mathews and Ronnie Watson along with a walk drawn by Patrick Price, all coming with two outs, allowed the Stars to score two runs.
But BNL was far from finished. A lead-off single by Dillon Hensley opened a four-run seventh for BNL.
Shortstop Jake Alvey, Tow and Price all doubled in a strong final frame BNL.
“I’m a big believer that you never have enough runs,” Callahan said. “We did a good job of not letting up in the last inning and then Cole went out and struck the side out in the bottom of the inning to close it out.”
Tow pitched the win for the Stars, working 5 2/3 innings, and also went 3 for 5 from the plate with three RBIs.
Dillon Hensley was 2 for 3 for BNL with two runs scored, while Green went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Alvey 2 for 4 with a run scored.
BNL (7-9) returns home tonight to face Bloomington South (10-4).