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Panthers pounce on weary Stars

EVANSVILLE – Evansville Reitz exploded in the middle innings to conquer Bedford North Lawrence 8-5 during high school baseball action at historic Bosse Field on Saturday afternoon.

Jeff Callahan

The Panthers (3-2) pounced on the Stars for all their runs in innings 3-5, then held off BNL’s late charge. Designated hitter Colin Long paced Reitz with 3 hits and 3 RBIs.

BNL, on the road less than 12 hours after a late-night, 13-inning marathon win over Rockford (Mich,), had a 1-0 lead before Reitz stormed in front. BNL coach Jeff Callahan did not want to use fatigue as an excuse.

“It’s not something we’re going to blame it on,” Callahan said. “We got on the board in the first, then we had a few mistakes that they capitalized on.”

The Stars (3-5) started fast as Ethan Baer singled and Evan Waggoner whacked a double to left. Baer was cut down at the plate, but after a walk and wild pitch, Trevyn Stiles chased home the run with a ground out.

Reitz went to work in the third as Long smashed a two-run homer to left. In the fourth, two hit batters and an error opened the door as Reitz scored four with only one hit in the frame.

Long added a RBI double in the fifth as the Panthers extended their lead to 8-1.

BNL battled back with three in the sixth as Cole Karr cracked a two-run double and scored on Colton Brown’s ground out. The Stars added another in the seventh on Dalton Nikirk’s sacrifice fly.

Whitt Callahan had 2 hits. Karr suffered the loss, allowing 6 runs (4 earned) in four innings on the mound.

“We were able to square up some balls, get some base hits, so it was good to get back in the game and have some chances,” Callahan said. “Overall, there were more positives, but there are things we need to work on.”

BNL will host Bloomington South on Monday.