BNL wins Game 1 with Green’s
game-winning hit, but walks lead
to 12-1 loss and split with North
By Justin Sokeland
Bedford North Lawrence junior outfielder Jack Green found green grass with a game-winning base hit on Saturday afternoon, capping a stirring comeback with a walk-off whack in the opening game of a doubleheader with Bloomington North.
Green’s clutch single chased home Cole Mathews with the deciding run as the Stars clipped the Cougars 6-5 in Game 1. That momentum didn’t last very long, as the Cougars struck for seven second-inning runs and took advantage of 11 walks to punish the Stars 12-1 in the nightcap.
The one-sided outcome on the back end dampened the day, but it did not take away from the importance of the victory in the opener. The Stars trailed 4-0 after a shaky third inning, but they bounced back and prevailed in dramatic fashion.
The Stars struck in the seventh against North freshman Riley Crean, the son of Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean. With one out, Mathews fought back from a two-strike hole to coax a walk, and freshman Drew Hensley followed with a sharp single to left.
North coach Richard Hurt brought in reliever Blake Richardson to face Green, who fell behind 1-2 and fouled off two tough pitches from the side-arm hurler on the mound. But Green connected with a smash to left field that plated the winning run.