MOUNTAIN PINE -  On a cold day in the Ouachita Mountains, the Bismarck bats stayed on ice on a make-up road game at Mountain Pine on Tuesday.
The Lions managed only three hits in a 5-1 loss to the Red Devils. Bismarck batters struck out 11 times.
In the first inning, all three Bismarck batters were called out on strikes. With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Mountain Pine got a double and a run-scoring single then a walk before strike out from Bismarck pitcher Collier Robertson ended the inning.
Brady Depriest opened the top of the second inning by reaching on an error by the Red Devil shortstop. Depriest stole second, but two strike outs in a row followed. James Kegley reached on an error by the Mountain Pine second baseman, but on the play Depriest tried to score and was caught between third base and home plate.
Robertson struck out the Red Devils in the bottom of the second inning as the pace of the game moved faster. Unfortunately for the Lions, they couldn’t take advantage in the top of the third inning with all three batters going down on a grounder to second, a strike out and a fly ball to center field.
In the bottom of the third, Mountain Pine got a single with two outs. The Red Devil runner stole second and third, then two walks were issued to load the bases and a run-scoring single followed to make it a 2-0 Mountain Pine lead.
The Lions came back in the top of the fourth with Jayden Howell singled with one out and went to second when the Mountain Pine pitcher was called for a balk. Depriest singled to left field to score Howell, but Depriest was thrown out trying to get to second when Braden Gill hit into a fielder’s choice. Gill was caught stealing to end the inning. Bismarck trailed 2-1.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the lead-off Red Devils was hit by a pitch and a fielder’s choice followed for the first out. A double came next and after a two-out walk another double cleared the bases and score three runs for a 5-1 lead.
The Lions were struck out in the top fifth and Mountain Pine only got a runner on in the bottom half of the inning on a walk. Bismarck struck out two more times in the top of the sixth inning and grounded out to the pitcher to end the top half of the inning.
Mountain Pine started the bottom of the sixth with two hits, but two strike outs and a unassisted out at first base ended the inning. Depriest led off the top of the seventh inning with an infield single. He went to second on a wild pitch, but a pop fly to the shortstop, a fly ball to first base and a grounder to second ended the game.