Carlisle’s baseball Bison rolled over Riverview last week, 12-2, to even their record at 1-1.
“It’s always nice to get a win, especially with that large a margin,” first-year Bison coach Phil Bernhardt said Sunday. “We’ll take that 12-2 and hope to carry it into our games this week.”
Carlisle, which was scheduled to play a doubleheader with England on Monday and travel to McCrory on Tuesday, will play at Clarendon (0-2 at press time) on Wednesday.
“What we know, just from what we’ve been told in the past, is they can be a strong team,” Bernhardt said of the Lions. “They haven’t had a lot of success in the past, but unfortunately, we don’t know anything about them this year.”
Against Riverview, the Bison put together a three-run opening inning and a five-run sixth. They led after five innings, 7-1, and finished with eight hits and six RBIs. Tyler Sanders went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored; Payton Wickland was 2-for-2 with one RBI; Caleb Parker went 2-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored. Paxton Hitchings picked up the win, allowing two hits and one run while striking out four.
“We saw a lot of good things out of Paxton Hitchings, our sophomore pitcher,” Bernhardt said. “We told him what we’d like him to work on, and I hope to find time between three games this week and two practices to do that.
“Especially this early in the season, I wouldn’t say any of our pitchers have any specific titles. We’re not 100 percent sure, but I do think he gives us a bit of an advantage, being left-handed and able to throw in the mid-70s. We definitely see him as a weapon.”
Carlisle’s non-conference game with Bauxite last week was rained out and won’t be rescheduled. The scheduled game with Des Arc will be made up April 19.