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BASEBALL: No good hacks for Shak on Mack

Mason Mack

Mason Mack

Drew Hensley

Drew Hensley

Double plays, clutch hits

key as Mack and Stars

conquer Shakamak 5-2

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Mason Mack, with a little relief help and a lot of glove work behind him, worked his left-handed magic on Shakamak as Bedford North Lawrence dunked the Lakers 5-2 on Thursday night.

Mack allowed only one hit, a two-run home run by Shakamak star Braden Scott, and Drew Hensley worked two scoreless innings of relief, allowing only one hit as the Stars (15-9) conquered one of the perennial Class A powers in Southern Indiana.

Shakamak (13-11) might not be as strong as the teams that went to three Class A state championship games in the last four years and won the title in 2014. The Lakers have had offensive issues this season, and Mack added to their frustration with his twirling breaking ball and three BNL double plays to erase threats.

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BASEBALL: Stars draw New Albany in sectional

BNL coach Jeff Callahan directs traffic. The Stars stranded 7 baserunners.

BNL coach Jeff Callahan and the Stars will face Class 4-A No.8 New Albany in the semifinal round of the sectional at Floyd Central.

BNL faces rematch 

with No.8 Bulldogs

in semifinal round

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence will face Class 4-A No.8 New Albany in the semifinal round of the sectional at Floyd Central.

The Stars (14-9) drew a bye and will face the Bulldogs (19-6) for the second time this season. New Albany conquered BNL 4-1 in five innings during a rain-shortened clash in  the semifinal of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

No.5 Jeffersonville, the newly-crowned HHC champion and thus the sectional favorite, will face Seymour in the opening game on May 25 at 5 p.m.. The Red Devils (15-3) whacked the Owls 15-1 in the first round of the HHC as Drew Campbell homered twice and drove in 7 runs.

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BASEBALL: Stars finish third in HHC tourney

Tanner McBride

Tanner McBride

Cole Mathews

Cole Mathews

BNL blasts Jennings Co.

10-1 in consolation final

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NORTH VERNON – Bedford North Lawrence claimed its consolation prize with a 10-1 victory at Jennings County in the third-place game of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Monday afternoon.

Tanner McBride fired a three-hitter while Cole Mathews had 3 hits and 3 RBIs as the Stars (14-9) bounced back from two straight losses.

“Obviously we wanted to finish first,” BNL coach Jeff Callahan said. “Finishing third is the best we could do. Hopefully next year we’ll see how we can do as we chase that first-ever title.”

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BASEBALL: Long way for a short stay

Drew Hensley

Drew Hensley

Cole Mathews

Cole Mathews

Orioles power past

BNL 15-5 in 6 innings

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ZIONSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence went a long way on short notice for a short game on Saturday afternoon.

Avon battered BNL’s pitching staff, which also aided its pwn demise with 7 walks and 4 hit batters, during a 15-5, 6-inning victory in a hastily-scheduled game to replace the postponed Hoosier Hills Conference consolation final with Jennings County. That game is now set for Monday. Perhaps BNL should have taken the day off.

The Stars surrendered 11 hits, including a 3-run home run by Matt Moore on the first pitch he saw in the first inning, and the Orioles broke a 4-4 deadlock with a 6-run second en route to the mercy-rule victory.

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BASEBALL: Stars too calm before the storm

New Albany pitcher Austin Dickey

New Albany pitcher Austin Dickey stares at his target. Dickey, a University of Louisville recruit, allowed a first-inning run but stopped the Stars 4-1 in the rain-shortened second round of the HHC Tournament.

No.5 New Albany beats

the rain and BNL in 2nd

round of HHC tournament

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The dangerous storm, one of those vicious Indiana spring boomers, one with wicked winds and echoing thunder, was approaching fast. Everybody, thanks to technology and the wonder of wireless, knew that. The red on the radar meant this was nothing to fool with.

So Class 4-A No.5 New Albany didn’t mess around. With the threat, actually the likelihood, of a shortened game, the lead was crucial. The Bulldogs took that seriously, scoring two runs in the first on their way to a 4-1, 5-inning win over Bedford North Lawrence in the semifinal round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

BNL second baseman Cole Mathews makes a backhand stop near the bag.

BNL second baseman Cole Mathews makes a backhand stop near the bag.

New Albany (19-5) advanced to the championship and will await either No.6 Jeffersonville (which mashed Seymour 15-1 in its delayed first-round game) or Jennings County (a 5-3 upset winner over Columbus East in 8 innings in the first round) in the championship.

BNL (13-8) fell into the consolation round and will face the Jeffersonville-JC loser in the battle for third place. The Stars maintained their perfect league record – they’ve still never won the tourney title.

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BASEBALL: BNL’s big-bang theory bops FC

Brody Tanksley had 2 hits and 3 RBIs in the first game.

Brody Tanksley broke out of a slump with two hits, including a game-ending grand slam, as BNL bounced Floyd Central in the HHC Tournament.

Tanksley’s walk-off slam

powers BNL to 11-1 win

in first round of HHC

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Hitters hate the word ‘slump.’ The mere mention causes chills. Some even fear it is contagious, and just hearing it uttered might spread its fog into the mind and create a devastating dive into despair.

Well, Bedford North Lawrence junior Brody Tanksley was already there, so bringing it up wouldn’t hurt. He was pressing, tensed, frowning. He was dropped in the batting order. He was almost ready for a psychiatrist’s couch.

What he actually needed was a chat with a friend and one big-bang swing.

After a conversation with teammate Tanner McBride, and after BNL coach Jeff Callahan gave his scuffling catcher the green light to swing on a 3-0 count in the sixth inning on Monday night, Tanksley blasted a grand slam that capped a 11-1, mercy-rule victory over Floyd Central in the first round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

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BASEBALL: Stars strike out cancer, Bluejackets

BNL junior Austin Long fires a pitch during Fridays clash with Mitchell. Long struck out 10 and alloed only 1 hit in 5 innings as the Stars rolled to a 10-0 victory.

BNL junior Austin Long fires a pitch during Friday’s clash with Mitchell. Long struck out 10 and allowed only 1 hit in 5 innings as the Stars rolled to a 10-0 victory.

BNL’s Long records 10 Ks

as Stars smack Bluejackets

10-0 in cancer fundraiser

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The rivalry might be fading, but the disease that both Lawrence County baseball teams stood together to fight against is relentless and deadly. Progress has been made, remission and survival are possible, but cancer still touches almost everyone’s life at some point.

If beating that dreaded illness were only as easy as Bedford North Lawrence junior hurler Austin Long made the game appear on Friday afternoon. Nothing was more appropriate than Long wearing a jersey shirt was a bold, backward K on the front.

Long struck out 10 and allowed only one hit in five innings as the Stars, while they could not strike down cancer, mowed down the Bluejackets 10-0 in six innings. He also had two hits and drove in three runs, powering BNL (12-7) to its second straight win as it prepares for next week’s Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

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BASEBALL: BNL takes a hit any way it can

BNL junior Drew Hensley went the distance to record his first win of the season as the Stars stopped Vincennes Rivet 8-1 on Thursday afternoon.

BNL junior Drew Hensley went the distance to record his first win of the season as the Stars stopped Vincennes Rivet 8-1 on Thursday afternoon.

Stars take advantage of Tanksley

double and seven hit batters

to conquer Rivet and end skid

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence’s last two losses left a mark. So did the win over Class A No.3 Vincennes Rivet on Thursday afternoon.

After suffering back-to-back walk-off road losses in excruciating fashion, the Stars bounced back with an 8-1 victory over the Patriots (11-6). Drew Hensley pitched a complete game, scattering 10 hits and proving to be bullet proof when in trouble, and Brody Tanksley cracked a two-run double during a 6-run sixth that gave BNL (11-7) breathing room.

The Stars also set an unofficial record. Rivet pitchers plunked seven batters. BNL’s Tanner McBride, the poor kid, got hit by pitches three times, including twice in one inning. Somebody in the other dugout evidently didn’t like him.

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BASEBALL: More late heartbreak for Stars

Ronnie Watson

Ronnie Watson

Brandt Callahan

Brandt Callahan

Walk-off home run

by South’s Wright caps

another frustrating loss

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BLOOMINGTON – Two-out agony and walk-off heartbreak frustrated Bedford North Lawrence on Tuesday afternoon.

Bloomington South scored all of its runs with two outs, and Nick Young’s solo home run in the bottom of the seventh powered the Panthers to a crushing 6-5 victory over the Stars. BNL slipped to 10-7 with its second straight last-pitch road loss in 24 hours.

This one really stung. South (7-8) scored four in the third against BNL pitcher Tanner McBride (1-1), then erased BNL’s clutch rally for a 5-4 lead with single runs in the sixth and seventh. Wright clubbed a curve ball over the left-field fence for his second homer of the season and sent the Stars slinking home with another devastating defeat following Monday’s 8-inning setback at Vincennes Lincoln.

“The last two nights have been tough,” BNL coach Jeff Callahan said. “We haven’t played poorly. We just didn’t get the job done. We have had the agony of defeat.”

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BASEBALL: Alices avenge loss in extra innings

Austin Long

Austin Long

Jackson Bartlett

Jackson Bartlett

Vincennes Lincoln clips

BNL 4-3 with run in 8th

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VINCENNES – Vincennes Lincoln avenged an earlier loss to Bedford North Lawrence, scoring in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge the Stars 4-3 on Monday night.

BNL, which had conquered the Alices 6-3 during the season-opening tournament, fell to 10-6 while Lincoln improved to 11-6.

Lincoln scored in the eighth against BNL relief pitcher Drew Hensley. With one out, a hit batter, a walk and a base hit plated the deciding run.

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