Weather last weekend forced the postponement of Carlisle’s Lady Bison Softball Classic to Saturday, April 21.
Lonnie Roberson’s team was 10-5 overall and 4-2 in combined conference play heading into Tuesday’s game with Cross County (2-7). The Lady Bison will play Class 4A Riverview (2-7, including a 13-3 loss to Carlisle early in the season) Thursday and visit White County Central (7-5) on Monday and Cedar Ridge (5-11) on Tuesday.
“I’m looking for defensive consistency,” Roberson said Sunday. “We can hit the ball. We’ve scored 175 runs, which is No. 2 in the state in all classifications, one run behind Bald Knob. So there’s no doubt we can put the ball in play.
“My thing is, when are we going to play great defense and keep teams to one or two earned runs? That’s my biggest fear right now — when are we going to stop them? That’s my goal.”
Carlisle went 1-1 last week, falling to Palestine-Wheatley and its pitcher, Mississippi State commitment Kenley Hawk, 11-1, and beating Class 5A Jacksonville, 20-11.
“Palestine-Wheatley was pretty disappointing,” Roberson said. “Their pitcher was really overpowering. We put the ball in play six times — three bunts and three hits.
“We had some good battles with her, but defensively, we really struggled. We made three field errors, and they scored on three passed balls. Two big errors in the outfield cost us.”
He said without those, the margin would’ve been closer to 3-1 or 2-1.
“We could be right there with them if you could keep it tight and put some pressure on her,” Roberson said. “But once they scored four runs, I knew it was going to be tough to come back.”
The scheduled game with Barton was postponed, so Roberson scheduled Jacksonville.
“Their pitching was solid,” Roberson said. “We put it in play well, and they did, too. Our pitchers struggled a little bit, but we were able to weather the storm. We needed our defense to be tested thoroughly. We haven’t gotten that in a while. That’s important to me.”
All five Carlisle losses have come against well-regarded teams.