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Stars stay unbeaten with sweep of Scottsburg
Saturday, April 11, 2015

BY SEAN DUNCAN, sduncan@tmnews.com

BEDFORD — Bedford North Lawrence remained unbeaten Saturday afternoon, sweeping Scottsburg in doubleheader action.

The Stars broke out the bats in Game 1, recording 14 hits, and shut down the Warriors from the mound in Game 2, giving up three hits, to win 14-4 in six innings and 5-0, respectively.

“It was another good day,” said BNL coach Jeff Callahan. “First of all, the weather was great. The field was in good shape and we came with the goal to win and that’s what we got done.”

The Stars improved to 6-0 on the season.

“We’re just playing real solid in all areas,” Callahan said. “We putting the ball into play up and down the lineup offensively and being patient at the plate — for the most part. Then we’re pitching it well, throwing strikes and making some plays behind them.

“Like I have always said, we’re going to be a team that’s going to be founded on pitching and defense. Our offense is actually a little better than I thought it would be to this point.”

In Game 1, BNL scored at least two runs in every inning.

“We threw more balls than we did strikes,” said Scottsburg coach Al Rabe. “We’re not going to win if we do that. Our pitchers are not overpowering, so we have to throw strikes.

“We have to pitch from in front. We have to get ahead —two out of the first three pitches strikes. The second game we did that, the first game we didn’t, and that’s the difference. You get behind good hitters and they’re going to hit it.”

Brody Tanksley smacked a pair of doubles, singled and drove in a run in the first contest for the Stars, while Ronnie Watson also doubled, drove in three runs and scored three times.

Drew Hensley also connected on a two-bagger for BNL in Game 1, driving in a run and scoring twice, while Cole Mathews had three RBIs off a single and sacrifice fly.

BNL’s Austin Long recorded a pair of hits and brought in two runs and Brandt Callahan had a sacrifice fly and single to drive in two more

Patrick Price and Jack Green also had RBIs for the Stars in Game 1

In the second game, BNL starting pitcher Tanner McBride (1-0) and Dakota Terrell held the Warriors (1-3) at bay, giving up only three hits

“Their pitcher did a nice job keeping us off balance,” Callahan said. “We got a little anxious a couple of times, but Tanner McBride and Dakota Terrell did a nice job.

BNL tallied six hits in the second game with RBIs recorded by Watson, Hensley, Green and Terrell

“They’re a good team, but it makes us better to play against good people,” Rabe said. “I think it was good for us to come up here and play.

BNL is back in action Monday at home against Bloomington South.

“Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we’ll be able to get that in,” Callahan said. “It’s always a good rivalry. We’re looking forward to two home games next Monday and Tuesday (Eastern Greene) and then it’s going to be off to Nashville (Tenn.) for three games down there.”

Contact Times-Mail Sports Editor Sean Duncan at (812) 277-7283,
sduncan@tmnews.com, or on Twitter @seantmnews.