BIC finishes runner-up in 2A North Regional

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
BIC senior shortstop Canon Walling readies for action during Regional Tournament play Friday afternoon at Lepanto.

Palestine Wheatley put together an eight-run second inning rally and went on to defeat Buffalo Island Central 11-3, claiming the 2A North Regional Baseball Championship Saturday afternoon at Lepanto.

Colton Burt slammed a double down the left field line and Garrett Wilson followed with a homerun over the left field fence, putting the Patriots on top, 2-0. After a walk, Jacob Swiney laced a single just inside the right field line which eluded the outfielder, allowing a run to score, pushing the Palestine Wheatley lead to 3-0. A routine ground ball to second resulted in a pair of errors, allowing two more runs to score, upping the Patriot advantage to 5-0. Jackson Wilson and Hunter Miller followed with back to back doubles as the Palestine lead increased to 7-0. Cole Fowler flipped an RBI single over the BIC infield to cap off the eight-run inning.

BIC answered with a three-spot in the bottom of the second. Back to back walks to Logan Harrison and Kaleb Dublin put runners on first and second for the Mustangs. Kyle Thrasher drove in both runners by belting a two-run double. Canon Walling scored Thrasher on an RBI groundout as BIC sliced the Patriot lead to 8-3.

Mustang Kaleb Dublin prepares to take a lead off second base during BIC's semifinal regional tournament game against McCrory.

Palestine Wheatley came right back, scoring three runs in the top of the fourth, aided by an error, a balked-in run, and a hit by pitch with the bases loaded.

Crandal Cooper picked up the win for the Patriots while Bryce Towery took the loss for BIC. Towery, Thrasher, Dublin and McFarlin all had singles for the Mustangs.

BIC advanced to the finals by clubbing McCrory 14-5 Friday afternoon.

Gavin Gathright went the distance to pick up the victory. Gathright scattered eight hits, allowed five runs, three earned while fanning two and walking one.

Both teams scored runs in the first inning, with McFarlin’s RBI single accounting for the Mustang tally.

An unearned run in the top of the second put the Jaguars ahead 2-1. BIC answered, scoring five times in the bottom of the inning. Dublin and Thrasher drilled back to back singles before Walling tied the game by lining a base hit up the middle. Towery walked with the bases loaded, giving the Mustangs a 3-2 edge. Franklin Patterson’s bloop single to left field drove in another run, followed by a sacrifice fly off the bat of Harrison, giving BIC a 5-2 lead. McFarlin finished off the inning with an RBI groundout, putting the Mustangs up 6-2.

The Jaguars fought back, scoring a run in the third before tacking on two more in the fifth on a two-run double by Colby Lane, slicing BIC’s lead to 6-5.

BIC broke the game open, getting three runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth. Chayse Carmichael’s RBI single highlighted BIC’s three run sixth. In the Mustang’s five run sixth inning rally, Towery cracked a two-run single while Patterson slammed an RBI double.

Patterson finished with two hits, three RBI and a run scored. Carmichael singled, doubled, had two RBI, and scored three runs. Walling singled, walked three times, scored twice, and had an RBI while Towery singled, had three RBI and scored three runs. McFarlin had a pair of singles and two RBI while Harrison singled in a pair of runs. Thrasher cracked a single and scored twice.

The Mustangs punched their ticket to the state tournament by squeezing out a 2-1 victory over Carlisle in Thursday’s first round action.

Both teams scratched out a run apiece in the third inning before the Mustangs pushed across the game winner in the fourth.

McFarlin went the distance, gaining the victory. The senior righthander allowed one unearned run, four hits, fanned 11 and walked four.

Dublin and Caleb Suiter scored the two BIC runs while both added singles. Towery and Thrasher also had base hits for the Mustangs.

Blake White was the losing pitcher for Carlisle.

BIC will begin state tournament play Thursday at Pangburn. The Mustangs will face Rison at 3 p.m.

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