The Carlisle Bison baseball team had a great week, beating its former coach’s new team as well as sweeping a conference doubleheader at Brinkley.
Carlisle swept the season series from Heber Springs, beating the Panthers 5-3 on Monday. The Panthers are coached by former Bison coach B.J. Greene.
The Bison got off to a quick start, leading 4-0 after the top of the first inning. With one out, Chris Hart singled and stole second. He scored when Austin Reed singled.
Deron Ricks followed with a double, driving in Reed. Dylan Brazeal reached on an error. Tyler Young then drove in Ricks with a groundout. Brazeal scored on a single by Bradley Elder.
Heber Springs scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to cut the deficit to 4-2. Carlisle pushed its lead 5-2 with a run in the top of the sixth. Young singled and stole second. He eventually scored.
Heber Springs’ final run came in the bottom of the seventh.
Bison pitcher Austin Reed gave up three runs — one earned — in seven innings of work. He gave up three hits while striking out two.
Carlisle swept Brinkley on Tuesday, winning the first game 18-1 and the nightcap 12-2.
In the first game, Carlisle scored five runs in the first inning. Scoring were Josh Mathis, Reed, Ricks, Young and Elder.
The Bison then plated five in the second. Scoring were Mathis, Hart, Reed, Ricks and Brazeal.
The Bison scored three in the fourth. Scoring were Reed, Ricks and Young.
Carlisle added five more runs in the fourth. Hart hit a homer with one out. Also scoring were Reed, Ricks, Brazeal and Young.
Brinkley’s lone run came on a homer in the third.
In the second game, the Bison scored four runs in the first. Crossing the plate were Mathis, Reed, Ricks and Brazeal.
The Bison added three in the fourth. Scoring were Mathis, Reed and Ricks.
The Bison’s final five runs came in the fifth. Scoring were Nick Schafer, Jacob Cagle, Mathis, Hart and and Reed.
Brinkley scored single runs in the first and third innings.
With the sweep of the Tigers, Carlisle is now 14-4 on the season. The Bison finished second in the 2A-6 standings and will play in the district tournament Friday at Des Arc. The Bison are also qualified for the Class 2A East Region baseball tournament next week for the seventh consecutive season.