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BASEBALL: Pitchers, coaches wary of the full count

BNL pitcher Austin Long fires a pitch toward his target. Long fanned 6 in 5 2/3 innings as the Stars stopped Pike 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

BNL pitcher Austin Long fires a pitch toward his target. Long, and all high school pitchers, will be placed on a pitch count to determine rest between appearances.

New NFHS rule will dictate

IHSAA mandate required

rest based on pitch counts

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The count is full. The pitch of decision is coming.

On the diamond, this scenario happens constantly, more than it should when pitchers struggle with command, control and the courage to challenge the strike zone. Now, following a revision of pitching policy in Rule 6-2-6 by the Baseball Rules Committee of the National Federation of State High School Associations, a full count will have a second meaning.

High school hurlers, starting in 2017, will be on a mandatory pitch count.

The NFHS ruling, aimed at limiting arm injuries from overuse, will require each member state association to develop a pitching policy, based on the number of pitches thrown rather than innings worked, that mandates a rest period between pitching appearances.

For example: throw 50 pitches, rest three days. Fire 100 pitches, rest five days. The actual guidelines have yet to be finalized by the IHSAA and the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.

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Callahan to serve on Student Advisory Committee

Brandt Callahan snags a ground ball at first base.

Brandt Callahan

Bedford North Lawrence senior Brandt Callahan has been named to the IHSAA’s Student Advisory Committee for the 2016-17 school year.

Callahan, who also served on the committee last year, will join 17 other student-athletes from across the state in a group that serves as a voice to the IHSAA staff. The SAC meets four times annually, hosts meetings with student peers, assists with awards ceremonies at state championships, hosts the Student Leadership Conference, and supports Special Olympics.

The SAC, which was created in 2001. is also involved in the development of the IHSAA Captain’s Handbook and assists in public service announcements for sportsmanship.

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COLUMN: 2016 year in review

BNL coach Jamie Hudson and the Stars received a bye for the first round of the sectional.

Former BNL boys basketball coach Jamie Hudson was a key part in several storylines during the 2015-16 campaign.

Where did the 2015-16 season go? It was the vapor that appeared for a little while and vanished. Somewhere between August’s heat and May’s monsoon rains, Bedford North Lawrence crammed in 19 sports and several hundred events. And even when the school doors close for the short summer, the games go on.

The sports year was interesting, to understate the obvious. Basketball dominated the headlines again, of course, and captured the public interest with a controversial coaching change, but other teams and individual athletes made the campaign memorable with their accomplishments.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 stories of the past year:

20. BNL baseball raises over $9,000 in Coaches vs. Cancer game: Sometimes it doesn’t matter who wins. The Stars honored cancer survivors and remembered the disease’s victims during its annual fundraiser game with county-rival Mitchell. For the record, Austin Long struck out 10 as the Stars overpowered the Bluejackts 10-0 in six innings.

19. Megan Lambrecht shatters school record: Lambrecht, a sophomore, pulled off a unique double play, competing in track and softball simultaneously during a hectic spring. She made it worthwhile when she shattered the school record in the shot put, heaving that ball 37-11 while winning the Hoosier Hills Conference title in that event.

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Coach of the Year Award

BNL golf coch Mike Wright guided the Stars to the 2016 state finals. Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

BNL golf coach Mike Wright guided the Stars to the 2016 state finals.
Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

Wright guided BNL golf

to state finals for first

time since 2009 season

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence boys golf coach Mike Wright was named TheHHCSports.com Coach of the Year after leading the Stars to the 2016 state finals.

Wright, in his 18th season, guided BNL to the Hoosier Hills Conference title, its first since 2011. The Stars finished second in the IHSAA sectional at Indiana University, then qualified for their first appearance in the state championship since 2009 with a third-place finish against a loaded field in the regional at Champions Pointe.

“Getting to the state finals is an accomplishment in itself, but going there with a sectional no longer at Otis Park is something,” Wright said. “Getting there, not going through Otis (the sectional was moved in 2013) means a little more.

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BASEBALL: BNL trio named All-HHC

Tanner McBride delivers a pitch during the opener against Page. McBride

BNL’s Tanner McBride was named to the All-HHC First Team.

McBride, Long, Mathews

honored by league coaches

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence’s Tanner McBride, Austin Long and Cole Mathews were named to the Hoosier Hills Conference’s First Team by the league coaches.

McBride, a junior third baseman, hit .348 (and got hit by pitches 12 times) and also went 3-3 on the mound with a 2.44 ERA. Long, a junior who is verbally committed to Indiana University, hit .395 with a team-high 27 RBIs and also went 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA as a pitcher. Mathews, a junior second baseman, batted .373 and was 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA on the mound.

Jeffersonville, the league tournament champion, had three selections with Drew Campbell, Ian Ellis and Dawson Willis. New Albany, which won the Class 4-A sectional title, also had three with pitcher Austin Dickey, A.J. Nixon and Chase Rudy.

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BOYS: BNL Athlete of the Year

BNLs Garrett Flinn takes the baton from Evan Baker during the 400 relay. The Stars won that event en route to a victory over Mitchell.

BNL’s Garrett Flinn takes the baton. Flinn helped the Stars qualify for the state finals in two relays.

Flinn excelled in 3

sports and qualified

for state track finals

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Garrett Flinn, a three-sport standout as a senior, was named TheHHCSports.com’s third Male Athlete of the Year.

Flinn played soccer during the fall campaign and helped the Stars finish 6-8-5. He was a starter on the basketball team, averaging 2.7 points (scoring a career-high 11 against Corydon) and 1.3 rebounds as BNL went 14-11.

He made the major impact in track. Flinn was a member of the 400 and 1600 relays that won Hoosier Hills Conference, sectional and regional championships while qualifying for the IHSAA state finals in both races.

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BASEBALL: Dogs take the bite out of Stars

Austin Long

Austin Long

Brody Tanksley

Brody Tanksley

No.9 New Albany rolls

to 5-0 victory over BNL

in 4-A sectional semifinal

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GALENA – Bedford North Lawrence went down without a sound in the Class 4-A sectional semifinal.

New Albany ace Austin Dickey, a University of Louisville recruit, scattered 6 hits while striking out 5 as the No.9 Bulldogs silenced the Stars 5-0 on Saturday afternoon, advancing to meet No.8 Jeffersonville (a dramatic 3-2 winner over Floyd Central in the first semifinal) in the championship at Floyd Central.

BNL bowed out of the state tournament with a 17-11 record.

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BASEBALL: Stars grab Tigers by the tail

Brody Tanksley

Brody Tanksley is greeted by teammate after laying down a sacrifice bunt. Tanskley also had two hits as BNL topped Princeton 7-4 on Monday afternoon.

BNL closes regular season

with 7-4 win over Princeton

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

With the postseason looming large in the window, with a tournament rematch with No.9 New Albany dead ahead, Bedford North Lawrence treated the regular-season finale as a dress rehearsal for the Class 4-A sectional.

The final trial run, against a quality foe, was a success. Now the Stars must duplicate that kind of performance when it really matters.

BNL completed its countdown to the tournament takeoff with a 7-4 victory over Princeton on Monday afternoon. The Stars (17-10) banged out 13 hits, with some of them of the clutch, 2-out variety, with Brandt Callahan driving in 3 runs, and played flawless defense. Cole Mathews gutted his way through 6 innings on the mound as BNL won its second straight game.

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BASEBALL: Barker’s loud catch silences Pike

BNL pitcher Austin Long fires a pitch toward his target. Long fanned 6 in 5 2/3 innings as the Stars stopped Pike 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

BNL pitcher Austin Long fires a pitch toward his target. Long fanned 6 in 5 2/3 innings as the Stars stopped Pike 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

BNL salvages consolation

game of tournament, 3-2

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Ben Barker had played the outfield only once all season, and during this rare start only one ball came his way all day. His one shining moment saved Bedford North Lawrence during the consolation game of the Orval Huffman Invitational.

Ben Barker

Ben Barker

Barker, with two Pike runners on base, made a diving catch in right field of a twisting, wicked line drive to preserve BNL’s scratched-out lead as the Stars edged the Red Devils 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

With two outs in the sixth inning, with Dakota Terrell on in relief of BNL starter Austin Long, Pike’s Jordan Garrett gouged a liner directly at Barker, who had been fighting a little boredom out there as the previous 17 outs were recorded. He froze, took a few steps toward the foul line, then hit the ground to snare the sinking ball and keep the Stars from sinking altogether.

“When he first hit it, I was like ‘C’mon Ben,'” BNL coach Jeff Callahan said. “He got over there and got it. He made the play of the game. If he doesn’t make that catch, they score at least one.”

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BASEBALL: Dry offense in wet weather

Northviews Shaw slides across home plate to score in the opening game of Saturdays Orval Huffman Invitational. The Knights conquered the Stars 6-2.

Northview’s Trey Shaw slides across home plate to score in the opening game of Saturday’s Orval Huffman Invitational. The Knights conquered the Stars 6-2.

After fast start, Northview

shuts down Stars for 6-2 win

in opener of Huffman Invite

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports,com

After scoring two runs in the first inning, Bedford North Lawrence’s offense dried up. Northview also started fast but continued to sprinkle in runs – kind of like the wonderful weather of late.

The Knights made the most of 6 hits and a quick-strike attack to conquer the Stars 6-2 in the opening game of the Orval Huffman Invitational on Saturday afternoon. BNL slipped to 15-10 and dropped into the consolation round of its own event to meet the Pike-Mooresville loser.

Northview (17-6) scored three runs in the first against BNL hurler Tanner McBride. The first four batters jumped on the first pitch they saw, and the Knights had five hits from the first six in the lineup to send a shock-and-awe signal across the diamond. Dalton Shaw cracked a RBI double while Andrew Osborn and Trey Shaw followed with run-scoring singles before water was thrown on the fire.

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