BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence exploded for 7 runs in the first inning while overwhelming Bloomington South 15-8 during high school softball action on Monday afternoon.
Zoe Adams had 4 hits, including a home run on the first pitch of the game, and 4 RBIs as the Stars (10-2) won their seventh straight game. But BNL was also guilty of 5 errors as the Panthers scored seven unearned runs.
Adams’ solo blast set the tone as the Stars collected 10 hits. Leona Morron had a RBI double, Kate Williams added a RBI single, and Adams added a bases-loaded double as BNL sent 11 batters to the plate during the early eruption.
Brynlea Bennett clubbed a two-run homer in the second, Williams added a sacrifice fly in the third, and BNL added two more in the fourth when the Panthers misplayed Morron’s fly ball. The Stars took a 13-2 lead and threatened to run away to a mercy-rule triumph.
“Zoe really set the tone,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “That got us off on the right foot. She hit the ball well. This whole season, she’s hitting the ball hard, hitting it where it’s pitched. It just makes you a better hitter when you can use the whole field.”
South battled back with four runs in the fourth, with two errors setting the stage for RBI hits from Riley Saddlemire, Jasper Sons and Mara Goodwin.
Averie Jones capped the BNL scoring with a two-run double in the seventh.
Adams also earned the win in the circle, going the distance while striking out 5. She allowed 9 hits but was victimized by the BNL defensive mistakes on South’s artificial turf field..
“That doesn’t concern me too much,” Gilbert said. “The errors hurt us, but some of those wouldn’t happen on a regular field.”
BNL also suffered a loss in the fifth. Sophomore slugger Sarah Stone and Gilbert were ejected when the umpires ruled – at South’s insistence – Stone was using an illegal bat. Gilbert contended the bat is not listed on the IHSAA’s unapproved bat list and will appeal that ruling to the IHSAA.
Lizzie Halstead and Jessica Young had two hits each for the Panthers.
Williams had two hits and two RBIs for the Stars.
“Our kids came out ready to play and we pounded the ball,” Gilbert said. “I was happy to see that. Any time you win at South, it’s a good day.”
BNL will host Jeffersonville on Thursday.