Bedford North Lawrence Baseball


BASEBALL: Tanner tows BNL to comeback win

Trey Ikerd

Trey Ikerd

Tanner Tow

Tanner Tow

Tow’s 2-run double in 6th

the difference as Stars

conquer Rockford 5-4

Box score

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.

Video: BNL files away Rockford win

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.

BNL's Tanner Tow connects for a double against Rockford starter Alex Hertel on Friday night.

BNL’s Tanner Tow connects for a double against Rockford starter Alex Hertel on Friday night.

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.

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BASEBALL: BNL offense erupts against Brown County

Josh Chaney

Josh Chaney

Trey Ikerd

Trey Ikerd

Stars collect 13 hits

en route to 10-3 win

Box score

Bedford North Lawrence wore its hitting shoes for the home debut on Thursday afternoon.

The Stars struck for 13 hits, and BNL pitcher Blaze Byrer didn’t allow one until the fifth, as BNL overpowered Brown County 10-3 for its first win of the season.

Trey Ikerd was 3-for-5 and drove in two runs in the leadoff spot, Tanner Tow popped two doubles, and Josh Chaney had three hits and two RBIs. The Stars (1-2) scored four runs in the first and crossed the plate in every inning but the fourth.

“It was nice to get the bats going,” BNL coach Jerry Chaney said. “We got some hits and built up our confidence.”

Chase Allen also had two hits and Chandler Nicholson scored three runs.

Byrer (1-1) went 4-1/3 innings and struck out five before fading as Brown County’s Tyler Allison and Chase Snider had RBI singles during the Eagles’ three-run uprising. Dillon Hensley came on to record the last eight outs.

“It was a good win,” Chaney said. “It took some pressure off. Now we realize we can play.”

The Stars will host Rockford (Mich.) on Friday night.


BASEBALL: Stars drop pair in South Invitational


Daniel Busch

South, Zionsville

combine to sweep

BNL in tournament

South box score

Zionsville box score

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence made its belated season debut on Saturday in the Bloomington South Invitational and dropped a pair of decisions against Bloomington South (8-3) and top-ranked Zionsville (12-5).

The Panthers scored in every inning but the third in the first game, with the big blow coming during a three-run second (with all that damage coming with two outs). The Eagles broke away with a five-run fourth and five-run fifth.

Jerry Chaney

“We had one inning that broke our back,” BNL coach Jerry Chaney said. “They got the breaks and we didn’t.”

South’s Nolan Rogers had three hits and scored three runs, Gage Rogers had two hits, and A.J. Hartman drove in a pair of runs. BNL didn’t get on the board until a three-run seventh. Daniel Busch had a two-run single during that rally.

In the nightcap, BNL’s three errors led to six unearned runs.

“The games were closer than what it looked like,” Chaney said. “We made some mistakes that hurt us.”

Trey Ikerd had two hits and Busch had a two-run single. Chandler Nicholson added an RBI single and Chase Allen cracked a run-scoring double.

“Baseball is such a game of inches and that’s the way it works,” Chaney said. “These were good teams to play against and we will get better.”






BASEBALL: BNL opener at Edgewood cancelled

BNL’s 2013 baseball season opener at Edgewood, set for Thursday at 5 p.m., has been cancelled because of the cold weather. No make-up date has been announced.

The Stars will now make their debut in the Bloomington South Invitational on Saturday.


BASEBALL: Scrimmage cancelled

Bedford North Lawrence’s varsity baseball scrimmage with Barr-Reeve, scheduled for Thursday, has been cancelled because of the cold weather. The Stars are set to start the regular season at Edgewood on March 28.


BASEBALL: BNL adjusting to the ‘dead bat’ era

Pitching and defense

will be the keys

for Stars in 2013

By Justin Sokeland

High school baseball entered the “dead bat” era in 2012, and Bedford North Lawrence’s team batting average dropped dead as well, falling 70 points from the previous season.  Adjustments had to be made, swings and philosophies altered.

Jerry Chaney

Jerry Chaney

No more Home Run Derby. Welcome to Small Ball.

Video: BNL 2013 season preview

The Stars (16-12-1 last season) have gone back to the basic fundamentals of the offensive game. Make contact. Put the ball in play. Move runners along. Scratch out runs. It’s not as sexy as the long ball, but it works.

“Balls out of the park aren’t happening anymore,” BNL coach Jerry Chaney said. “I’m hoping the kids get the concept. We want to be a contact-hitting team that moves guys over, play a lot of small ball. With the new philosophy, we should be better.”

That approach puts a greater emphasis on pitching and defense, which should play to BNL’s strengths. “Defense should be our strong point,” Chaney said.

Tanner Tow

Tanner Tow

The staff will be anchored by junior left-hander Tanner Tow (5-5 with a 2.63 ERA last year) and senior right-hander Derek Pritchett (3.04 ERA). Sophomore lefty Blaze Byrer will make the jump from the junior varsity, and senior Chase Allen will log some innings.

“Pitching is always key in baseball,” Tow said. “Pitching and defense, and scratch a few runs across.”

The infield structure, which must be strong up the middle, centers on four-year starter Trey Ikerd (.316) at shortstop and senior Daniel Busch (a .400 hitter during summer league play) at second. Josh Chaney, the son of the coach, will be a key figure at catcher. The toughest competition has been for outfield spots.

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