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BNL barrels past Brown County in home opener, 10-3
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Safe at home
BNL barrels past Brown County in home opener, 10-3
By Sean Duncan - sean@tmnews.com
April 5, 2013

BEDFORD — Bedford North Lawrence broke out the big bats early Thursday night in its home-opening, 10-3 win over Brown County.

The Stars, who tallied 12 hits overall, scorched the ball in the first inning as they jumped on Eagles’ starting pitcher Eddie Patrick.

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“These young kids needed a win like that and I thought we did almost everything we needed to do,’ said BNL coach Jerry Chaney. “We got a little shaky in one inning, but we came back and got some more runs.

“Another neat aspect of this game is we played this team in the summer and that pitcher no-hit us. So I think the kids were a little bit worried about that, but they got on him.”

BNL belted out four hits in the first frame, the first three all doubles, to plate four runs.

Trey Ikerd led off the inning with a two-bagger to center and came into score when Tanner Tow followed with an RBI double to right-center.

A patient Chandler Nicholson then drew a walk before Josh Chaney smacked a two-run double to left.

Chase Allen later singled to drive in Chaney and the rout was on.

“I think facing the really good competition that we saw on Saturday kind gave them a little trepidation at the plate, but they came back and realized they were fine,” Chaney said. “To come out and hit like that, I think it was just contagious.”

The Stars tallied runs in the first three innings with Nicholson scoring in the second on a wild pitch and Ikerd driving in Patrick Price, who doubled his way on in the third, with a solid single to right.

Sophomore lefty Blaze Byrer was equally impressive on the mound for the Stars, holding the Eagles hitless through four innings.

“He threw strikes and he started out ahead,” Chaney said. “He didn’t even know he had a no-hitter there for awhile.

“His pitch count was low so we able to get him to the fifth inning. He’s just going to get better and better this season.”

Dillon Hensley came in on relief of Byrer and closed out the game by striking out three and giving up no hits in 2 2/3 innings of work.

Hensley also scored for BNL in the fifth inning off an RBI single by Ikerd, and drove in Allen with an RBI single to right in the sixth.

Ronnie Watson tallied an RBI in the sixth inning for the Stars as well with a sharply hit ball to third that scored Nicholson, and pinch runner Johnny Underwood crossed the plate on a misplayed ball by Brown County centerfielder Josh Brown.

Chaney went 3 for 4 for BNL with two RBIs, while Tow was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and Ikerd 3 for 5 with two RBIs.

The Stars (1-2) are back in action at home tonight when they face Rockford, Mich.

“They were 2011 state champs,” Chaney said. “They’re a huge school and they’re a baseball factory.

“They’re another good marker to see where we stand. Last year they got us in a close game that they broke open.

“We’re going against a very solid team and we just have to have some confidence to play against them.”

Rockford will first face Jennings County at Stars Field at 5 p.m. with BNL to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Contact Times-Mail Sports Editor Sean Duncan at 277-7284 or sean@tmnews.com .