LUFKIN — The Carlisle Indians will not make the 2013 state baseball championship a repeat, losing Game 2 in a best-of-three series to Douglass, 9-0, on Saturday afternoon at Morris Frank Park.
Douglass (31-1) will advance to the Class 1A state tournament next week at Dell Diamond in Round Rock after shutting out Carlisle for the second game of the series. It was also the fourth consecutive shutout for Douglass in the playoff run.
Carlisle (23-5) had a tough time at the plate and committed seven errors in the game for the one-sided finish. Carlisle shortstop Caleb Colley and catcher Justin McMurtry picked up the only two hits. Colley was the lone base runner to reach third base on the day for the Indians.
Douglass pitcher Matthew Wallace threw another mound gem, hand-cuffing Carlisle while striking out three, walking two and hitting one.
Wallace followed up a three-hit shutout thrown by Brent Holland in Game 1, a 7-0 Douglass win.
As was the case in Game 1, rain halted play for 45 minutes.
"By no means am I taking anything away from Douglass; they have a good ball team that could win it all," Carlisle coach Wesley Colley said. "But the weather the last four days has been something we have not dealt with all season and I think it just kind of threw us off and got us into a funk we just couldn't seem to shake."
Douglass jumped on Carlisle with four runs in the top of the first inning.
A walk to Brent Holland was followed by the first Carlisle error. Douglass third baseman Collin Rhodes then put the first two runs across with a double. Back-to-back errors plated Rhodes and Bryce Westbrook for the early 4-0 score.
Colley led off the bottom of the inning with his hit, only to be left on third after the Douglass defense stiffened to close out the threat.
In the top of the second, a lead-off walk followed by three straight hits brought across two more runs for Douglass to make it 6-0. Douglass catcher Brandon Stanfield had a two-RBI single, which was more than enough with Wallace using his defense to turn hard-hit pitches into outs, hitting several shots right to the opposition positions.
The purple-and-white Indians chased Carlisle starter Zach Brightwell one out into the fourth after picking up eight runs off of five hits, three strikeouts and six walks. Ben Goss came in to close out the game trailing 6-0 with two men on.
Goss allowed one run, on two hits, walked two and had two errors aid in the run scored.
The past three seasons Carlisle had ended Douglass' season, advancing to the state tournament the last two and winning it all last year.
Carlisle will lose four seniors (Ty Baker, Brightwell, Colton Heim and Caleb Colley) to graduation this year. The Indians were ranked No. 4 in the state coming into the playoffs and won their district for the fourth consecutive season, the last three undefeated.
"These four seniors have been to the regional finals all four years and have won a lot of playoff games for us," said coach Colley about his graduates. "It's a shame we could not have finished up at the state tournament for them, but they have helped set a standard in Carlisle baseball that we can build on in the years to come."
Class 1A Region III Final
At Morris Frank Park, Lufkin
Douglass 9, Carlisle 0
Douglass wins series, 2-0
Douglass 421 101 1 — 97 0
Carlisle 000 000 0 — 0 2 7
Matthew Wallace and Brandon Stanfield. Zach Brightwell, Ben Goss (4), and Justin McMurtry. W – Wallace. L – Brightwell. 2B – D: Collin Rhodes, Stanfield, Bryce Westbrook.
RECORDS — Douglass 31-1; Carlisle 23-5.
NEXT UP — Douglass vs. TBD, Class 1A State Semifinal, Thursday, Dell Diamond, Round Rock.