POYEN – Wasted opportunities.
The Carlisle Bison left 15 runners on base, including the bases loaded four times, in a 3-2 loss to Palestine-Wheatley in the finals of the Class 2A East Region Tournament on Monday at the Poyen Sports Complex.
Carlisle (17-6) will play McCrory tonight in the first round of the Class 2A state tournament at Parkers Chapel. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
"Fifteen base runners stranded and you get beat 3-2 … that pretty well tells the tale," Carlisle coach William Rountree said. "They threw three pitchers. And, of the three they used, the one we probably had the most success with was the [Jacob] Jumper kid, who throws it really hard."
Rountree said he was concerned about his team facing Jumper.
"We did not do a good job of moving runners," he said. "We didn’t do a good job of hitting the ball with the bases loaded, obviously."
Rountree said it was the entire lineup that struggled with runners on base.
"It was all the way through," he said. "That’s baseball."
The Bison were behind the 8-ball in the top of the first inning. The Patriots scored three unearned runs off starter Austin Reed, who did not get out of the inning, leaving with two outs.
Palestine-Wheatley’s Jacob Jumper led off the game with a single. He stole single and went to third on a throwing error. He scored on a passed ball.
Two batters later, Ethan Deere walked and stole second and eventually scored on an error.
Delan Parkman reached on a bunt single and went to second on a stolen base following a bad pickoff attempt. He went to third on a wild pitch and scored when Bison catcher Jacob Gordon threw the ball back to Reed and Reed let the ball get away from him.
Hart relieved Reed with two outs in the first and allowed only one batter the remainder of the game — Jarrett Westmoreland reached on an error in the fifth. Hart struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. For the tournament, Hart had 18 strikeouts in two appearances in the regional tournament.
"We righted the ship after the first inning and we played good defense and got good pitching" Rountree said. "We just didn’t score enough."
The only time Carlisle was retired in order was the bottom of the seventh.
Palestine-Wheatley pitcher Jonathan Estes retired Carlisle’s Nick Schafer, Josh Mathis and Hart in order to end the game.
With one out in the third, Deron Ricks singled and scored on a double by Dylan Brazeal. Mathis reached on an error in the fourth and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Ricks.
The Patriots’ win was the first over the Bison in four tries this season.
Despite the loss, the Bison still have plenty of baseball to play. If Carlisle wins its first round state tournament game, it will play in the quarterfinals Friday at 5 p.m. in Parkers Chapel. The state semifinals are Saturday at noon.
"It’s like I told them, the last time we got beat 3-2, it was in the district tournament finals and we went on a pretty good little roll," Rountree said. "If we can do that again and advance all the way to Saturday, we’d have a chance."
Bison 6, Panthers 0
The Carlisle Bison advanced to the finals of the regional tournament with a 6-0 win over Magnet Cove on Saturday.
Carlisle scored four runs in the second. Scoring were Jacob Gordon, Thomas McCallie, Jacob Cagle and Nick Schafer.
Carlisle added single runs in the fourth and seventh innings. Josh Mathis walked and scored on a single by Austin Reed in the fourth.
Reed singled and scored in the seventh.
Mathis got the win, throwing a complete-game shutout. He allowed four hits while striking out seven.
Bison 5, Poyen 1
Carlisle pitcher Chris Hart allowed only one run — unearned — on four hits as the Bison qualified for the state tournament with a 5-1 win over Poyen in the first round of the regional tournament Friday.
Hart struck out 10 in the victory.
After two scoreless innings, the Bison got on the board in the bottom of the third. Austin Reed singled and scored on a double by Deron Ricks.
Carlisle plated three runs in the fourth. Thomas McCallie and Nick Schafer scored on a double by Josh Mathis., who also scored in the inning.
Carlisle’s final run came in the fifth. McCallie reached on an error and scored on a passed ball.