After measuring their progress in Tuesday’s scheduled game with 13-3 Palestine-Wheatley, Carlisle’s baseball Bison will play host to Class 4A Riverview on Thursday.
Phil Bernhardt’s team (6-8) knocked off the Raiders in the second game of the season, 12-2.
“We got a preview of them, and we know they’re going to swing,” Bernhardt said Sunday. “Sometimes they have a tendency to swing a little wild, so we’ll give them a different guy they didn’t see in the first go-round and get them chasing some pitches.
“I do expect them to be better as far as their fielding ability goes.”
Carlisle will play host to Cross County (2-8 at press time) on Monday and will travel to Des Arc (8-5) for a combined conference doubleheader Wednesday, April 19.
Last week, the Bison split a doubleheader with Abundant Life, losing the first game, 14-5; and winning the second, 5-3.
“It was good to see that we didn’t completely self-implode after the loss in the first game,” Bernhardt said. “We had some issues in the second game. Mitch Lewis got thrown out and had to sit the rest of the game (and the first game Friday against Hazen), but we won despite that.”
In the first game, Tyler Sanders went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Tristan Seidenschwarz was 2-for-3 with two hits, one RBI and one run scored.
In the second, Sanders continued his hot bat, finishing 6-for-7 for the day. Zach Caviness and Dylan Nichols were also effective at the plate. Freshman Blake White picked up the win.
Also last week, the Bison lost a doubleheader to Hazen, 1-0 and 4-2. It was their third loss to the Hornets by a combined five runs.
“We are steadily seeing some improvement, but we definitely still have some areas we need to work on,” Bernhardt said. “Some of those aren’t necessarily on the field. Some are off the field as far as overall team mentality and team attitude when things don’t go our way. Once we get that solidified, everything on the field will start falling into place.”
In the first game, which was scoreless into the final inning, Caleb Parker led the Bison offense.