GREENSBURG – Bedford North Lawrence won a thriller and a chiller while sweeping a split doubleheader at Greensburg on Saturday afternoon.
The Stars scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to clip Cambridge City Lincoln 4-3 in the opener, then blasted host Greensburg 13-3 in the second contest. BNL (9-2) extended its winning streak to six straight.
Leona Morron doubled in the game-winning run with two outs in the seventh in the first game, and the Stars pounded out 14 hits while overpowering Greensburg in the finale.
“It was a really good day,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “The pitchers pitched well, we made plays. That was a nice first win, and it was nice for Leona to get the game-winning hit with the walk-off. It was nice to see her get that chance and finish it.”
Cambridge City (5-2) burst to a 3-1 lead before BNL battled back. The Stars scored twice in the fourth to draw even as Morron singled, took second on a passed ball and scored when Brynlea Bennett scorched a RBI single to center. Bennett later scored on a wild pitch.
In the BNL seventh, Nicole Pokorny opened by reaching on an error. Averie Jones sacrificed her to second, and with two out the Eagles intentionally walked BNL blaster Sarah Stone to set up Morron’s dramatic hit.
“That’s one thing, the kids don’t get down on themselves,” Gilbert said. “If anything, we wait until the later innings to get going. But the kids battled and never gave up.”
Morron has two of BNL’s six hits. She also earned the win in the circle with three innings of scoreless relief work, allowing only two hits and striking out two.
Kaleigh Lamb. Allison Frost and Emmie Pugh had two hits (with 2 RBIs, including a home run in the third) each for the Eagles.
In the second game, the Stars scored four in the first to pounce on the Pirates (7-1). Haley Deckard cracked a two-run double to get BNL rolling.
“We had the momentum of the walk-off, and we jumped on them,” Gilbert said. “It was nice to see all those hits.”
Bennett had two doubles and 4 RBIs, Stone had a triple and 2 RBIs, while Morron, Carlee Kern and Deckard (3 RBIs) all had two hits. Morron (7-1) also earned that win, pitching five innings and allowing only three hits and one earned run.
“We should have a lot of confidence going into next week,” Gilbert said. “We just need to keep getting better and see what happens.”
BNL will visit Bloomington South on Monday.