North Pulaski’s doubleheader Tuesday against Pulaski Academy was a tale of two different teams.
The Falcons (1-7, 0-2 5A-Central) lost the first contest 4-2 and then were blanked 10-0 in the second game. In the first contest, they led for a while on Austin Allen’s two-run home run in the first inning. Pulaski Academy scored two runs in the fourth went ahead on a run in the fifth and added a run in the sixth. The second game was a different story.
"In the second game we were just spent," North Pulaski Coach Michael Dean said. "We don’t have enough guys for two games, and we fought so hard in the first game."
Dean did point out that senior left-hander TJ Waters pitched well in the first contest. He also said Pulaski Academy could hit from the top to the bottom of the order. The Bruins were able to take advantage of five blooper hits. In the second contest, the Bruins were ahead, 6-0, after two innings.
"Our hitting is a problem," Dean said. "We aren’t seeing the ball and putting the bat on the ball. We have to fix that and need to get the bottom of the order hitting like the top."
Dean did say that the pitching is coming along, and he sees progress although the Falcons have had a hard time getting outside to practice. Right now, they are practicing in the games. Most of the positions are set with a hole in just a couple of places.
Last week, North Pulaski played Maumelle in a doubleheader and lost 20-4 and 21-5. Dean says it was bad from the get-go and that his guys weren’t prepared to play. Also, his pitcher couldn’t get control of the ball.
"The kids never die," Dean said. "They stay positive and our good kids."
The Falcons play Little Rock Parkview tomorrow, and a contest scheduled for Friday against E-Stem has been moved to April.