The Carlisle Bison gave up several unearned runs in a 13-7 loss to McCrory in the first round of the Class 2A state tournament at Parkers Chapel on Thursday, May 9.
The Bison, which advanced to the Class 2A state finals a year ago, finished this season 17-7.
“I can’t be more prouder of this team,” Carlisle coach William Rountree said. “To finish 17-7 and having to replace as many as we did, that is tremendous.”
Carlisle lost five starters off last year’s squad which went 29-7, losing to Woodlawn in the state finals at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
This year’s team has only one seniors — Chris Hart.
Hart pitched 3 1/3 innings against McCrory, giving up six runs and striking out four. Josh Mathis relieved Hart in the middle of the fourth. He allowed seven runs while striking out three.
The Bison took a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Mathis led off the bottom of the inning with a single and scored on a single by Austin Reed. Two batters laters, Reed scored on a single by Dylan Brazeal.
After a weather delay in the top of the second, the Jaguars scored three times to lead 3-2.
The Bison responded with two runs in the bottom of the second to lead 4-3. Jacob Gordon led off with a double and scored. Jacob Cagle walked and scored.
McCrory scored three in the top of the fourth to lead 6-4. The Bison cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Mathis singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Reed.
McCrory scored three runs in the fifth and four in the seventh to lead 13-5.
Carlisle added two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Scoring were Gordon and Cagle. Both runs scored with two outs.