Carlisle earns sectional crown by blanking Blue Devils 8-0

Carlisle’s Adam Goodpaster delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s Division III sectional final against Brookville at Northmont. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

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Carlisle’s Adam Goodpaster delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s Division III sectional final against Brookville at Northmont. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

Carlisle High School baseball coach Chris Hawkins could see senior Adam Goodpaster’s eyes light up when he announced the Division III sectional title game would be played at Northmont.

As a sophomore, Goodpaster blew the save in a 7-6 loss to Bellbrook in the sectional final there.

History would not repeat itself.

Goodpaster threw 4.1 innings of no-hit ball before sprinkling three hits to go with 11 strikeouts as the Indians won their second straight sectional championship with an 8-0 win over Brookville on Wednesday.

“This was redemption,” Goodpaster said. “After blowing that save, I was motivated coming back to the same field.”

The smile from Goodpaster was a welcome sight for Hawkins after their last time walking off The Yard.

“He was crushed,” Hawkins said. “It was tough with how crushed he was. You could tell how amped he was and how much he was hoping to get the ball today.”

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Brookville may have wished he hadn’t.

Goodpaster cruised through the first four innings. The lone hiccup was a hit batter and walk with one out in the third before Mason Stout broke up the no-hit bid with a bloop single in the fifth.

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Carlisle shortstop Caleb Boy puts the tag on Brookville’s Nick O’Meara at second base during a Division III sectional final Wednesday at Northmont. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

Carlisle shortstop Caleb Boy puts the tag on Brookville’s Nick O’Meara at second base during a Division III sectional final Wednesday at Northmont. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

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Carlisle shortstop Caleb Boy puts the tag on Brookville’s Nick O’Meara at second base during a Division III sectional final Wednesday at Northmont. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

“We knew it’d be tough because he was pretty good,” Brookville coach Scott Broerman said of Goodpaster. “He was pretty crafty on the mound today for them.”

Goodpaster also scored the only run he would need in the bottom of the first.

After recording a one-out single, Goodpaster scored when Caleb Boy reached on an infield single. Brookville threw the ball away trying to get Boy and Goodpaster came home from first.

Carlisle broke the game open in the third with a trio of runs behind RBIs from Boy, Jacob Glover and Reece Human.

“Getting those runs definitely helped my confidence,” Goodpaster said. “When we have a lead, if someone gets on base, I can concentrate on the hitter because that run doesn’t mean as much.”

Brookville (7-15) had its best chance to get to Goodpaster in the sixth when the Blue Devils placed two runners on with one out, but the Indians ace struck out the next two batters to close the inning.

“They found a way to open up the game, and he (Goodpaster) didn’t let us have many opportunities,” Broerman said. “When we did have a chance, we couldn’t get the timely hit, and I credit Goodpaster for that. He was lights out.”

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Adam Goodpaster (4) is greeted by his teammates after scoring Carlisle’s first run during its Division III sectional final against Brookville on Wednesday at Northmont. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

Adam Goodpaster (4) is greeted by his teammates after scoring Carlisle’s first run during its Division III sectional final against Brookville on Wednesday at Northmont. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

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Adam Goodpaster (4) is greeted by his teammates after scoring Carlisle’s first run during its Division III sectional final against Brookville on Wednesday at Northmont. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

Carlisle (19-9) advances to a district final Friday at 5 p.m. against Madeira at Kings in another chance at redemption for the senior class.

The Indians led Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy for most of last year’s district final at Kings before a late rally ended their season.

“We are back at the same place, so there is some work left to be done,” Hawkins said. “We have felt like we played good ball all year and really feel like we have two No. 1 pitchers. We are looking forward to it.”

Brookville 000-000-0—0-3-3

Carlisle 103-013-x—8-13-2

WP — Adam Goodpaster (9-1); LP — Braden Moore (2-4). Records: B 7-15, C 19-9

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