Bison drop two games against the Patriots

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Bison first baseman Nick Schafer records an out against Palestine-Wheatley last week. (Photo by Rachel Schafer)
Carlisle’s Chance Richards scores the Bison’s first run against Palestine-Wheatley last week. (Photo by Rachel Schafer)

The Carlisle Bison baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at Rockefeller Park against Palestine-Wheatley last week.

The games were the 2A-6 conference openers for both teams.

Carlisle is now 0-3 on the season.

The Patriots, the defending Class 2A East Region champions, won the first game 14-3 and the nightcap 4-2.

In the first game, the Patriots scored five runs in the top of the first. The Bison responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Josh Mathis and Tyler Young led off with singles. They both scored on a single by Jaden Daniels.

The Patriots scored a single run in the top of the second to lead 6-2.

The Bison cut the deficit to 6-3 with a run in the bottom of the third. Chance Richards walked and eventually scored on a single by Nick Schafer.

Palestine-Wheatley then scored three runs in the fourth, once in the fifth and three in the sixth.

The Bison had only one base runner the remainder of the game. Jacob Cagle singled in the sixth and went to second on a ground out by Schafer but was stranded there to end the game.

In the second game, the Bison took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Mathis and Young both walked. Mathis scored when Daniels was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Young scored on a bases-loaded walk to Cagle.

The Patriots scored two runs in the second and two in the fifth to get the win.

Carlisle pitcher Jacob Gordon pitched well over six innings. He struck out 12 while giving up only one earned run.

The Bison had several other chances to score. In the third, Daniels singled with one out. Bradley Elder walked and Cagle singled but they were all stranded on base to end the threat.

Carlisle then left runners in scoring position in the fourth. Mathis singled and was stranded at third. Gordon walked and was stranded at second base.

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