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SOFTBALL: Stars singin’, slingin’ in the rain

Terre Haute South's Hallie Baker slides under the tag of BNL pitcher Addi Mackey. BNL rallied from a 10-0 deficit to stun the Braves 11-10 in 8 innings.

Terre Haute South’s Hallie Baker slides under the tag of BNL pitcher Addi Mackey. BNL rallied from a 10-0 deficit to stun the Braves 11-10 in 8 innings.

BNL rallies from 10-0

deficit to stun TH South

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence was singing in the rain, and it was a wonderful feeling to be happy – and winning – again.

One out away from a embarrassing 10-0 loss in what would ultimately be the final game of the regular season, with no real momentum or inspiration, with the ever-present spring showers spitting on them, the Stars crawled from the grave for stunning victory on Friday night.

BNL's Cassie Rutledge snags a throw at third base as South's Emily Perrelle reaches the bag.

BNL’s Cassie Rutledge snags a throw at third base as South’s Emily Perrelle reaches the bag.

Someone called it a miracle under the lights. And it was certainly close to that. But BNL has done this before this season, exploding offensively without warning. This time, Terre Haute South was the victim that got too close and got burned as the Stars (16-10) rallied for a shocking 11-10 victory in 8 innings.

That three-hour marathon was supposed to be the first game of a doubleheader. Game 2 was started but quickly cancelled in the bottom of the first inning as the redundant rain made the playing surface dangerous. When the opposing pitcher has to yank off her glasses to see (hopefully) the plate, it’s time to call it a night.

Besides, there’s no way any encore could match Game 1.

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SOFTBALL: Senior Night win not in the Cards

BNL catcher Hailey Miller confronts Bloomfield runner Felicity Graf at the plate to record an out. The Cardinals scored 6 runs in the ninth inning to stop the Stars 12-6 on Thursday afternoon.

BNL catcher Hailey Miller confronts Bloomfield runner Felicity Graf at the plate to record an out. The Cardinals scored 6 runs in the ninth inning to stop the Stars 12-6 on Thursday afternoon.

Bloomfield scores 6 in 9th

to smack down Stars 12-6

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence celebrated Senior Night a little early and lost the game very late.

Bloomfield scored 6 runs in the top of the ninth to spoil the festivities with a 12-6 victory over the Stars. The Cardinals scored a run in the seventh to force extra innings, then exploded as BNL committed three errors to fuel Bloomfield’s breakout.

BNLs Jenna Dufresne slides safely into home to score the first run.

BNL’s Jenna Dufresne slides safely into home to score the first run.

The Stars (15-10) rallied from a 5-1 deficit but couldn’t keep Bloomfield – which was coming off a shutout loss to Owen Valley on Wednesday – at bay.

“We let them hang around too long,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “We had opportunities to score more runs than we did. Bloomfield is a good team, and we warned the kids the last couple of days that if we let them hang around, bad things could happen.”

The worst happened in the ninth.

Bloomfield’s Sidnie Finch opened the inning with a single to left, and the next two runners reached on bunts as the Stars tried in vain to cut down the lead runner. Marisa McIntosh singled to drive in the go-ahead run.

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SOFTBALL: Late BNL eruption dooms East

Cassie Rutledge

Cassie Rutledge

Hailey Miller

Hailey Miller

Stars strike for 9 runs

in 7th, all with 2 outs,

to conquer East 13-4

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COLUMBUS – Bedford North Lawrence saved its best for last on Tuesday night.

The Stars shattered a 4-4 deadlock, scoring 9 runs in the top of the seventh inning – all after the first two batters were retired – to stun Columbus East 13-4. BNL sent 15 batters to the plate during an offensive explosion that has become its trademark this season.

Cassie Rutledge broke the tie with a two-run single, and that ignited a huge rally. BNL had six hits during the eruption, including Kiana Brown’s two-run triple, and the Olympians added three errors into the equation as the Stars (15-9) bounced back from a lackluster loss to Martinsville 24 hours earlier with a momentum-charging road victory.

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SOFTBALL: Stars caught with their gloves down

BNL pitcher Zoe Adams looks to first while attempting to cut down a base runner. The Stars gave up three unearned runs while suffering a 3-1 loss to Martinsville on Monday afternoon.

BNL pitcher Zoe Adams looks to first while attempting to cut down a base runner. The Stars gave up three unearned runs while suffering a 3-1 loss to Martinsville on Monday afternoon.

BNL errors, mental lapses

prove costly as Martinsville

knocks down the Stars 3-1

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

When boxers drop their gloves, when the defense lowers and the focus wavers, they can expect to take a shot to the chin. Bedford North Lawrence got decked by a punch that looked harmless but landed perfectly.

Martinsville caught the Stars defenseless and disinterested. The thud was BNL hitting the dirt, stunned and knocked out by an opponent it took too lightly as the Artesians prevailed 3-1 on Monday afternoon.

Kiana Brown slides across home plate to score BNLs only run.

Kiana Brown slides across home plate to score BNL’s only run.

The Artesians (8-13) scored three unearned runs, taking advantage of 5 BNL errors, and freshman backup pitcher Kate Sisson – who has absorbed some beatings while stepping in for twice-injured teammate Lexis Lucas – was masterful while allowing only 4 hits and walking one.

This one was inexplicable. BNL (14-9) lacked mental sharpness while dropping two fly balls and allowing another to drop harmlessly for a single, while running into two double plays on the bases. The Stars even dropped the ball multiple times while tossing it around the infield. After a solid week during the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament, this was a step backward.

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SOFTBALL: Stars finish 5th in HHC tourney

Kiana Brown

Kiana Brown

Katie Nicholson

Kate Nicholson

BNL overpowers Madison

10-4 in consolation round

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MADISON – Bedford North Lawrence pounded out 14 hits while overpowering Madison 10-4 to claim fifth place in the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Friday night.

The Stars (14-8) scored in every inning except the third, and they cruised to an 8-0 lead. BNL also ran wild on the bases, totaling nine steals, and freshman pitcher Zoe Adams struck out 6 while going the distance in the circle.

“It’s just a great win,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “We hit well, ran the bases well, took advantage of the things they gave us. I’m really proud of the girls’ effort.”

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SOFTBALL: BNL draws New Albany in sectional

BNL pitcher Zoe Adams went the distance while scattering 9 hits and striking out only 1 batter.

BNL pitcher Zoe Adams and the Stars will face a rematch with New Albany in the 4-A sectional at Seymour.

Stars chasing first sectional

championship since 2000

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence will get a swing at redemption in the IHSAA Class 4-A sectional at Seymour.

The Stars (13-8) drew a first-round bye and will meet New Albany (16-7) in the second semifinal on May 24. The Bulldogs took advantage of 8 BNL errors, and Marissa Jones belted a home run, during a 14-6 victory at BNL on April 15.

No.4 Floyd Central, the two-time defending sectional champion and tournament favorite, will meet Seymour in the opening game on May 23. The Highlanders are 22-3 with 19 consecutive wins.

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SOFTBALL: Lambrecht’s thunder, rain douse Devils

Zoe Adams

Zoe Adams

Morgan Lambrecht

Morgan Lambrecht

BNL conquers Jeffersonville

5-0 in 5 innings in consolation

round of league tournament

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JEFFERSONVILLE – Morgan Lambrecht used her hot bat like Thor’s hammer, summoning thunder with a lightning bolt home run that sparked Bedford North Lawrence on Wednesday night.

Lambrecht blasted the first pitch she saw over the center-field fence, igniting the Stars to a 5-0, 5-inning road victory over Jeffersonville in the consolation round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

The Stars (13-8) will meet either Columbus East or Madison (set to play on Thursday) in the fifth-place game.

BNL needed a bounce-back win following the opening-round clash with Floyd Central, and Lambrecht (who has been hot at the plate of late) provided a huge lift with a big blow. After going 6-for-7 in plate appearances over the previous two games, her homer got the Stars rolling as rain raced toward the ballpark.

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SOFTBALL: Hammerin’ Highlanders halt Stars

Floyd Central's Cassie Thomerson approaches home plate after slugging a two-run home run against BNL on Monday night. The No.2 Highlanders clipped the Stars 3-2 in the first round of the HHC Tournament.

Floyd Central’s Cassie Thomerson approaches home plate after slugging a two-run home run against BNL on Monday night. The No.2 Highlanders clipped the Stars 3-2 in the first round of the HHC Tournament.

No.2 Floyd Central slips

past spunky BNL in first

round of HHC Tournament

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

These chicks dug the long ball.

Class 4-A No.2 Floyd Central, featuring a lineup stocked with left-handed speedsters, slap hitters, and talent, is not feared for its power. The quickness applies the pressure. Every inning is a breath-holding, hand-wringing, edge-of-disaster walk on a tightrope.

BNLs Kiana Brown slides safely into home plate during BNLs rally in the bottom of the seventh inning./

BNL’s Kiana Brown slides safely into home plate during BNLs rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Bedford North Lawrence didn’t fall off until the Stars were almost across the chasm for a stunning victory. But two swings nudged the Stars off the wire and shifted the focus of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament back to the overwhelming favorite.

Freshman slugger Cassie Thomerson blasted a two-run home run in the sixth inning, and star shortstop Gabbi Jenkins slugged a solo shot in the seventh that proved to be a huge insurance blast as the hammerin’ Highlanders squeezed past BNL 3-2 in the first round of the league tournament on Monday evening.

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SOFTBALL: Stars suffer two losses at Edgewood

Cassie Rutledge

Cassie Rutledge

Morgan Lambrecht

Morgan Lambrecht

After opening win, BNL

drops decisions against

Charlestown, Edgewood

Monrovia box score

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ELLETTSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence suffered back-to-back losses during the final two rounds of the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

After a thrilling 4-3 win over Monrovia in extra innings in the opener, the Stars (12-7) dropped a 2-1 decision to Charlestown in the second round of pool play, then got shot down by Edgewood 12-10 in the consolation round.

The Mustangs exploded for 8 runs in the fifth, capped by Jordan Howell’s grand slam, to subdue the Stars. BNL fashioned a furious rally from a 12-3 deficit, scoring four in the sixth and three more in the top of the seventh before coming up short.

Edgewood started the fifth with a 4-3 lead. Two doubles and two BNL errors got the huge inning started. After Abby Graham’s bases-loaded infield single stretched the margin to 8-3, Howell crushed a homer to center.

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SOFTBALL: Cougars walk off with win

Hailey Miller

Hailey Miller

Madison Pittman

Madison Pittman

Ridge strikes out 11

and drives in winning

as North clips BNL 2-1

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BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington North’s Kenzey Ridge struck out 11 in the pitching circle and drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Cougars stopped Bedford North Lawrence 2-1 on Friday afternoon.

North scored an unearned run in the second, then scored with two outs in the seventh as Ridge bounced a single between third base and shortstop, chasing home Abby Allen (who doubled to center with one out) with the walk-off run.

BNL (11-5) was limited to three hits. Ridge didn’t walk a batter as she won a duel with BNL starter Zoe Adams, ending BNL’s three-game winning streak.

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