Mt. Carmel manager John Copeland expects the offense to be a strong suit of his Aces baseball team. Through the first two games, however, hits and thus runs have been hard to come by.

“We’ve struggled at the plate, but that will come by playing more games,” Copeland said.

Not that any normal run production would have mattered on Wednesday at Dee White Field.

One day after being two-hit in a season-opening 4-1 loss to Gibson Southern, Mt. Carmel (0-2) ran smack into perhaps the best baseball team in the tri-state, losing to Jasper 24-0 in a Big 8 Conference game shortened to five innings.

The 4-0 Wildcats have been putting up lots of crooked numbers early this season, scoring 56 runs already, 12 of which came in the fourth inning against the Aces.

Junior lefthander Reece Metcalf took the loss in his first start of the year, but no one could stop the Wildcats. The Aces used six different pitchers, one of them - Sam Wampler - twice.

On Tuesday, Gibson Southern pitching held Mt. Carmel to only two hits on Tuesday in the Aces 4-1 season-opening loss at home.

Alex Obermeyer had both hits for the Aces, his first an RBI single that drove home Jared Piper in the second inning, at the time slicing Gibson Southern’s early lead in half, 2-1.

But, the Titans scored single runs in the fifth and seventh innings to push the final margin to three runs, even though the winners had only four hits on the day.

Caleb Wagner and Cory Lamey combined on the victory for Gibson Southern (1-1), which bounced back from a 10-0 loss to Evansville North in its opener. The duo combined for 13 strikeouts.

“Nobody’s happy with losing, but it was a good starting point for us,” said Copeland after the opener. “We’ve only been on the field twice, but we still competed.”

Cole Berry took the loss for the Aces, who got relief help from first-year senior Christian Seaton, and Ian Hipsher.

The Aces host Olney on Friday at 4:30 p.m., followed by a 9 a.m. Saturday game against Class 2A Regional opponent Carmi.