NEW ALBANY – Bedford North Lawrence’s power, pitching and poise propelled the Stars to a key road victory over New Albany in the Hoosier Hills Conference opener.
Zoe Adams and Sarah Stone slugged solo home runs, BNL hurlers scattered 8 hits, and the young outfield recorded 11 fly-ball outs on an windy day as the Stars conquered the Bulldogs 4-2 while posting their fourth straight win.
Leona Morron (5-1) earned the win with four innings of work, and Adams went the final three for her second save. New Albany fell to 1-5.
“We knew they would be tough,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “Conference games, no matter who you’re playing, are hard. They’re always going to be ready to play well.”
BNL scored first in the fourth as Morron led off with a double to left and scampered home on Brynlea Bennett’s single to right. The Bulldogs answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the frame.
Adams pushed the Stars back in front in the fifth with her two-out blast to center.
“I’m really happy to see her taking the ball where it’s pitched,” Gilbert said. “Some kids would try to pull that ball. She’s letting the ball get deep in the zone and extending to drive the ball.”
BNL made it 3-1 in the sixth. With two outs, Kate Williams walked, Carlee Kern singled, Haley Deckard walked, and Brylee Blackwell drew the bases-loaded walk to force home the run.
New Albany trimmed the lead to one run in the sixth as Riley Case doubled, took third on a passed ball and scored on Jordan Wallin-Swanson’s infield hit. But Stone slammed her home run – her fifth of the season and BNL’s 13th as a team – to restore the working margin.
Stone was 3-for-4, including a double.
Morron gave up 4 hits and the unearned run while striking out only one. Adams surrendered 4 hits and fanned two.
“They both pitched well,” Gilbert said. “Of their 8 hits, only about three were hit hard. With the wind blowing in, it was a tough day in the outfield, and I was proud of them. They came in and made some plays.”
Mariah Grant, Olivia Licerio and Case all had two hits for New Albany.
The Stars will return to action on Saturday, facing Greensburg and Cambridge City in a split doubleheader at Greensburg.