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Bison gain split with Hornets

Carlisle’s Josh Mathis pitches against Lonoke earlier this season. Mathis struck out 14 in the Bison’s win over Hazen last week. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Carlisle’s Josh Mathis pitches against Lonoke earlier this season. Mathis struck out 14 in the Bison’s win over Hazen last week. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The Carlisle Bison gained a conference doubleheader split with the Hazen Hornets last week at Hazen.

The Hornets won the first game 3-1; the Bison won the nightcap 4-3.

In the first game, the Bison’s only run came in the third inning. Chance Richards singled and scored. Carlisle had a chance to score more runs but Tyler Young was retired at the plate. For the game, the Bison left eight runners on base, including five in scoring position.

The best scoring opportunity after the third was the fifth innings.

In the fifth, Richards singled and stole second. He went to third when Josh Mathis reached on an error. Mathis reached second when Tyler Young was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.

Hazen then retired the next two Bison batters to end the inning.

Carlisle also had runners at second and third in the seventh inning with one out but Richards and Mathis were stranded in scoring position to end the game.

In the second game, Hazen scored twice in the top of the second to lead 2-0. The Bison got one run back in the bottom of the frame. Nick Schafer reached on an error and scored.

Carlisle then took a 4-2 lead with three runs in the top of the third. Richards led off the inning with a single. He eventually scored on a passed ball. Young was hit by a pitch and scored. Jacob Gordon walked and scored on a single by Dylan Brazeal.

The Hornets cut the Bison’s lead to 4-3 with a run in the the top of the sixth.

Carlisle had several chances to score more runs, leaving six runners on base.

Mathis got the win for the Bison. He gave up three runs on six hits. He struck out 14 in the victory.

Carlisle coach Jack Keith was proud of his team for gaining the split against Hazen.

“It showed a lot of heart to come back after a loss and play as hard as they did in the second game,” he said. “Both pitchers threw great games and we were able to get some key hits to get enough runs for the win.”

Carlisle currently sits in third place in the 2A-6 conference standings. The Bison will a conference doubleheader with Brinkley on Monday.

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