Jun 30, 2018
In 2015, the Carlisle baseball team headed to Carroll with a chance to clinch the Raccoon River Conference title with two wins. It was hot- heat index over 100 degrees- and the Wildcats were hungry for two wins. Four seasons later, the Wildcats were in an almost identical situation. The No. 3 ranked Wildcats traveled to Carroll on June 29 sitting ahead of Ballard by two games in the conference standings with only three games remaining. Two wins would lock up the title for Carlisle, who was seeking its fourth consecutive conference championship.
After jumping out to an early 4-0 in the opener, Carroll responded with some infield hits and capitalized with two home runs. The Wildcats found themselves trailing 10-5 in the fourth inning, but a string of walks, hits and hit by pitch allowed the Wildcats to score 15 unanswered runs before the game ended in the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule, 20-10. Max Goodhue, Owen Durham and Darek Tingle each tallied two hits and combined for 11 RBI. Seth Curry notched his second win on the season.
In game two, the Wildcats picked up where they left off, defeating Carroll 14-0 in five innings. Tingle picked up the win, throwing four scoreless innings, while striking out six. Highlights included inside the park home runs by Nile Foss and Nic McCay.
Head Coach Blake Heitmeier on winning the Raccoon River Championship for the fourth consecutive season: "The program has come such a long way in the last four seasons. Our players have really worked hard and have bought in to what we are trying to accomplish. It seems like yesterday we were celebrating our first conference championship. To be able to say we won four in a row is surreal. I am extremely proud of our players, especially our seniors, whose leadership has been outstanding."
The current senior baseball players have been able to claim a conference title in each of their four years at Carlisle High School. "It's not easy to win in our conference, let alone be the conference champions, but we have found a way to make it happen the last four years," senior Dylan Berg commented. Senior Nic McCay described playing in the Raccoon River Conference as an "awesome experience," and added "I loved every second of the competition and playing with my best friends." Owen Durham expressed a similar feeling, stating "I've worked together with almost all of the guys growing up...it helps knowing that the guys want it just as much as I do and that's what made it possible."
"It just shows all the time and effort that has been spent day in and day out by our coaches and players," four-sport-athlete Max Goodhue commented. Four-year shortstop Nate Mortimer expressed winning the conference title "would not be possible without our coaches and support of our community."