WEST TERRE HAUTE – Bedford North Lawrence, not known for prodigious power, broke out the long-ball attack for a huge road comeback victory.
Konley Woodward and Cole Karr clubbed home runs during a six-run rally in the fifth inning as the streaking Stars roared past Class 3A No.5 West Vigo 8-4 on Monday.
Woodward had two hits as BNL (13-3) won its fifth straight game and recorded its most impressive road win of the season.
The Vikings (11-5) owned a 4-1 lead when Woodward hammered his one-out homer to left. That ignited the comeback as the next five Stars reached base. Colton Brown and Aden Pemberton singled, Evan Waggoner walked, and Whitt Callahan cracked a two-run single to center for a 4-4 deadlock.
Karr delivered the go-ahead bomb, a three-run blast to left. BNL added a final run in the seventh on Callahan’s RBI single, but the damage had been done.
BNL does not focus on swinging for the fences. The Woodward and Karr homers were the first for both this campaign. In fact, the Stars have totaled only 9 all year.
“If they come, that’s great,” BNL coach Jeff Callahan said. “We don’t want to start getting in our heads that we’re a home-run hitting team, but we had some good approaches. We put some things together.”
West Vigo took control with a run in the second (J.C. Lacher’s RBI single), two in the third (Case Lautenschlager’s two-run homer) and one in the fourth (on two BNL errors). Braydon Brown settled down after that, scattering 7 hits and striking out 9 while improving to 3-2.
“Top to bottom, they were very aggressive,” Callahan said. “Braydon did a nice job of limiting things early. It was definitely a good win. This was a great experience, and we hope to do something similar next week in the Hoosier Hills Conference tournament.”
Callahan and Pemberton also had two hits each. Karr finished with 3 RBIs while Callahan totaled 2.
BNL will visit Bloomington North on Tuesday.