Tow’s 2-run double in 6th
the difference as Stars
conquer Rockford 5-4
By Justin Sokeland
Bedford North Lawrence authored a signature win Friday night. It was signed with Tanner Tow’s name.
Tow, a junior left-handed slugger, followed Trey Ikerd’s base-loaded, two-out walk with a two-run double to left, capping a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Stars filed away a 5-4 victory over Rockford (Mich.) at BNL Field.
The Stars trailed 3-0 going to the bottom of the fifth, then pieced together a comeback against one of Michigan’s elite teams. The Rams, who won the upper division 2011 state championship, feature two Division I recruits and had already topped Jennings County 6-4 in the first game of their doubleheader against Hoosier Hills Conference neighbors.
Rockford was on its way home from a Spring Break baseball trip to Florida. It did not end well as the Stars scored two unearned runs in the fifth before capping the comeback in the sixth.
“It’s a big win for our young team,” BNL coach Jerry Chaney said. “I kept telling the kids in every huddle we were going to get them. Hang tight, we’re fine. And they did. They persevered. It was a great effort.”
BNL took advantage of a two-out uprising in the fifth. Josh Chaney’s pop-up to second base was dropped, allowing the first run, and the Stars executed a “force balk” play to score the second run. Chaney took off for second and intentionally allowed himself to be caught in a run-down as Chandler Nicholson scored from third before the third out was recorded.