SEYMOUR – Bedford North Lawrence’s Trevyn Stiles broke a fifth-inning deadlock with a clutch single, then slammed the door on a Seymour comeback as the Stars stopped the Owls 8-6 during high school baseball action on Monday afternoon.
Dalton Nikirk cracked his first varsity home run, Ethan Baer had three hits, and BNL extended its winning streak to three straight with a key victory over a future Hoosier Hills Conference tournament foe and possible sectional opponent.
Stiles snapped a 5-5 tie with a run-scoring single, and the Stars (6-6) added two important runs in the sixth to subdue the Owls (3-5).
“This was another good team win,” BNL coach Jeff Callahan said. “With this team, the good thing is they don’t quit. If a team comes back, or we get behind, they’re going to grind it out and play 21 outs, work to win games.”
BNL broke on top 4-0 in the second. Nikirk clubbed a two-run home run to left to start the assault, while Baer and Evan Waggoner followed with RBI singles.
Seymour answered immediately as Braden Christopher blasted a three-run homer to center in the bottom of the second. The Owls pulled even at 5-5 in the fourth on Michio Sekiguchi’s bomb to left.
BNL hustled its way in front in the fifth. Logan Shelton walked and broke up a potential double play at second, allowing Zane Harrison to reach and advance to second on an error. Stiles singled him home.
In the sixth, Cole Karr smacked a RBI double and Baer added a RBI single to cap the BNL scoring.
Baer was 3-for-4 to highlight BNL’s 13-hit attack. Harrison, Stiles, Nikirk and Garrett Watson (who had a RBI single in the third) all had two hits.
Baer also earned the win on the mound, working 3 2/3 innings in relief while allowing 3 runs and striking out 3. Stiles went the final 1 1/3 innings and didn’t allow a hit.
The Owls had 8 hits – five for extra bases.
“They were very aggressive up and down the lineup,” Callahan said. “They were almost swinging out of their shoes. That’s how baseball is now.
“We’re playing better, our defense has been solid. When you don’t give teams extra outs or bases, it makes a big difference. We’re going to face them again (with a return trip in the first round of the HHC on May 6), but it might be for bigger stakes ahead.”
BNL will return home to face Austin on Tuesday.