- Nov 20....Grades By 10PM
- Nov 28.....Ring The Bell @ Walmart
- Dec 1.....Winter Workout (4:25-6:45)
- Dec 3.....Winter Workout (4:25-6:45)
- Dec 5/6....Shipp U Fundraising Event
2015 In Review
The 2015 calendar year had ultimate highs and ultimate lows for the Carlisle Thundering Herd Baseball Program. The beginning the of year saw Junior, J.J. Robinson take the Herd Challenge title in January along with the Blue Team, rostered by J.J. Robinson, Eric Harris, Josh Richwine, Jake Sweeney and Josh Winton. An overall successful, competitive, and fun atmosphere saw 35 players grinding to do whatever it took to help their teams. Embracing the slogan of the year, "Hold The Rope", all members took those three words to heart that day.
The Herd dropped the opener to Cedar Cliff at home, 3-1. Carlisle finished the year with a 4-16 record, far cries from their near playoff pounce a year ago. Although the wins did not add up to goals set by the team, the wins that were secured came in big moments. The Herd's first victory came against Chambersburg at home. Carlisle's Billy Burger stepped up and threw a complete game, while stranding two Trojan runners in scoring position (tying and go-ahead) in the 7th inning. The second Herd victory came in dramatic fashion against Mifflin County on a very chilly, but normal, central PA spring early spring afternoon. After loading the bases in the bottom of the 7th, Carlisle's Eric Harris smacked a hard shot that snuck by the third basemen and secured a wild victory for the Thundering Herd. Carlisle again top Chambersburg at Greene Township Park in extra innings, sweeping the season series from the District 3 runner-up and state qualifier. The fourth win came against the Patriots of Red Land High School, who the Herd would meet again very shortly in the summer and very often. Billy Burger, Justin Silvious, and J.J. Robinson all were named to All Mid Penn Commonwealth Division Honors.
Summer Legion Season:
Following a rough start at 0-2 and then 2-6, and a another "Here we go again" type feeling, the Post 101 Carlisle Baseball team ripped through the June schedule and competed in meaningful games up to the end of the season. Staring 6-9-1 in the face with four games to play and Carlisle needing to win all four and get a lot of help from other opponents. But first thing's first, Carlisle must win all four to have a chance to sniff the Cumberland County legion postseason. The story begins on the field at Boiling Springs High School. Carlisle, once again, leaving runner after runner after runner in scoring position. Mount Holly celebrating a 3-0 victory and the other dugout as dejected as they get. Post 101 knows that dropping this "winnable" game to Mount Holly and falling to 6-9-1 would just about put the nail in the coffin for the season. "After watching that game, I immediately thought how sweet it would be to ring off a couple of wins in a row and make this playoff picture very interesting", now graduated Colby Saussaman said. Which ever light switch went on, the team ought to keep that switch nearby, because Post 101 went on to beat Newville 7-0 at Newville behind a gem by Connor Paul. Carlisle now 7-9-1 and still on the outside looking in but with a chance. The next night the Herd made way for Memorial Park and pounded Mechanicsburg 8-3, scoring 5 in the first and securing another victory. Carlisle jumps to 8-9-1, still with a lot of work to be done. Micaha Knisely put his foot down and threw another complete game, scattering 7 hits and allowing 2 runs to top Hampden 4-2. Now becoming interesting with Post 101 sitting at 9-9-1 with one game to play. A winner take all for the final playoff spot comes down to a home game against Mount Holly, the same team that started this way of "our backs against the wall" attitude. A thrilling nine inning walk off victory, 2-1, propelled Carlisle into the postseason. Only fitting that they would have to play another win or go home game as they travel to (3) seeded Silver Spring. Connor Paul was masterful as he and the Herd smacked around the Silver Spring squad en route to a 9-2 victory and a spot in the final four of the county playoffs. Carlisle entered a double elimination tourney and was pitted against a familiar foe in the first round, Red Land. Carlisle did not play their best game and in the first time in over a week, Post 101 fell to the hands of Red Land 14-4, dropping them to the loser's bracket but placing them in a familiar situation....do or die. Carlisle ran through the loser's bracket, first by eliminating New Cumberland 3-0, then eliminating Hampden 17-12. Carlisle finds itself in the championship against Red Land and having to win two against the county's best team during the regular season, Carlisle stuck its neck out on the line and whopped RL Legion 13-6 in the first game, forcing a winner take all game for the county championship. The next night came. Post 101 jumped out to a 2-0 and then a 4-0 lead on Red Land before they struck in the 4th. Carlisle narrowly held the lead 6-5 in the 6th inning before one pitch changed the whole game. A 2-run double propelled Red Land ahead for good as they went on to take the championship away from Carlisle. As for Post 101, an incredible run this past summer and chomping at the bit to get back there again in the summer of 2016.
Carlisle Post 101 had a successful fall season as far as development of the new players entering the system. A great leap forward to work for a championship in the spring, summer and fall in 2016. Following a very impressive December lift and conditioning phase, the Herd close our 2015 on a bright note and are very eager to get back to work January 5 en route to some "HARWARE."