Morton strikes out 9 as Dogs
hand No.10 BNL its first loss
No walk-off heroics this time. Bedford North Lawrence walked away from home plate muttering more than smiling on Thursday night.
New Albany ace Hannah Morton struck out 9 and scattered 8 hits as the Bulldogs conquered the Class 4-A No.10 Stars 4-1 at BNL Field. New Albany (4-0) scored twice in the second and two more in the fifth to end BNL’s five-game winning streak to start the 2014 campaign.
Morton salted down one of the top slugging teams in the state. The Stars (5-1) had three extra-base hits, including a Mikala Haag triple to set up their only run, but stranded seven runners, including four in scoring position. The big hit was elusive.
“We weren’t patient enough,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “I think we had too many defensive swings instead of attacking the ball. We didn’t have good aggressive swings. We didn’t hit like I hoped we would. We want to move runners and drive in runners, and we were swinging out of our shoes.”