EVANSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence scratched out four runs in the fourth inning, and Garrett Watson pitched a masterful game as the Stars conquered Evansville North 4-3 on Saturday.
Jarrett Faubion and Dalton Nikirk had RBI hits during the key rally, and Watson scattered 7 hits as BNL (5-6) recorded its most impressive road win this season while North slipped to 7-2.
“That was a good win,” BNL coach Jeff Callahan said. “That’s a good ball club, and they really tested us. It was another long road trip, but it was worth it.”
BNL passed the test while making the most of only four hits, and three of them came during the big inning. Trailing 2-0, Evan Waggoner started the frame with a single, Logan Shelton walked, and Zane Harrison reached on an infield single to load the bases.
Faubion plated the first run with a sacrifice fly, and Nikirk followed with a run-scoring single to left. Watson reached on an error as the third run crossed, and Nikirk scored on a passed ball for the 4-2 lead.
“We put the pressure on their defense,” Callahan said. “We were able to get the lead and hold them off.”
Watson, who gave up two runs in the third, retired 8 of the next 10 batters before running into trouble in the seventh. Keagan Trout’s one-out triple to right ended Watson’s day, and reliever Trevyn Stiles hit a batter and allowed Alex Archuleta’s RBI single before recording the final two outs to end the drama.
Watson (1-1) struck out 3 and walked only one. Archuleta had two hits for the Huskies.
“He was huge,” Callahan said. “He pitched extremely well. The North coaches remarked on how well he mixed his pitches (with Waggoner, the sophomore catcher, calling the shots), threw strikes and kept their hitters off balance.”
BNL won its second straight game and made the most of extended practice sessions.
“We had three days on the field, and those were the most important three days of the year,” Callahan said. “We have a chance to be a pretty good team.”
The Stars will return to action on Monday at Seymour.