Carlisle’s softball team finished third in its Lady Bison Invitational last weekend.
Lonnie Roberson’s team opened with a 17-1 shellacking of Clarendon before losing to DeWitt in the semifinals, 5-3; and knocking off England in the third-place game, 3-1, to move to 8-7 on the season.
“Right now we’re at a point where we can really turn the corner,” Roberson said. “Against DeWitt, we were up 3-2 with 45 seconds left in the game, and one of my girls swung at the first pitch, popped up and got out, which allowed them to bat again, and they were able to reel off two runs. When we got to bat again, we weren’t able to get it done.
“But (two weeks ago) in the Lonoke tournament, we were run-ruled by them (16-1). So we’re getting better every game.”
DeWitt went on to beat Barton for the title.
Prior to the tournament last week, Carlisle swept a doubleheader with Abundant Life, 2-1 and 6-4; and hammered Brinkley, 17-0.
“No doubt last week improves our confidence,” Roberson said. “In our tournament, we only had four errors in three games. We’re at a point where we’re improving.”
Carlisle, which was to play Palestine-Wheatley on Tuesday, will play host to Barton (4-5 at press time) on Tuesday.
“They have a very good catcher, and their left fielder is very talented,” Roberson said. “DeWitt beat them 11-5, so if we play our best like we did against DeWitt, we can compete with them and put them away. We’ve just got to play really well.”
The Lady Bison are scheduled to face Class 4A Riverview (2-12) in a doubleheader Monday, April 17.
Roberson said several Lady Bison had been impressive, including senior pitcher Maggie McCallie, sophomore left fielder Heather Bowlan, senior shortstop Ashby Terry, freshman center fielder Ansley Terry and senior first baseman Journey Jennings.
“We couldn’t do what we did without Maggie,” he said. “Heather Bowlan is hitting well. Ashby Terry is the voice of the team, our vocal leader. Ansley Terry, her sister, is consistent on the bunt. I think she’s been on base eight of the last 11 times she’s come up to bat since I moved her into the lead-off position. She is very fast and can really move.
“I want to say Journey Jennings has not had an error in the last nine games. She’s been lights-out.”