With a young and inexperienced team, North Pulaski Coach Michael Dean is frustrated but yet is optimistic after two setbacks last Tuesday.

North Pulaski (2-8, 0-4 5A-Central) was blanked in two contests by Little Rock Christian. Dean thinks Little Rock Christian scored 10 and 11 runs, respectively. Even though the Falcons lost, Dean can see some encouraging things.

"Little Rock Christian pounded the ball, better than Pulaski Academy," Dean said. "We can’t do the little things. Basically, we have three guys who can play and the rest are helping by wearing the uniform, but I did see some bright spots."

Dean complimented the pitching performance of freshman Tyler Montgomery. He said he pitched well, didn’t walk too many and struck out a few batters. He added that the Falcons did make some play but still can’t put away a team.

"We get two outs, and they score four to five runs before we get out of the inning," Dean said. "We also can’t score. We can get a kid on first and third base, and the guy at third gets picked off. We aren’t able to do the little things because of our inexperience."

Dean also said it’s hard for the Falcons to simulate the hard pitching they see in games. He doesn’t have enough pitchers who throw strikes and can throw batting practice. Because the Falcons need playing time, Dean has decided they are going to split up and scrimmage in practice.

"When we have to take one player to pitch, it leaves a hole in the outfield or at shortstop," Dean said. "We are two players short from being a competitive team."

Additionally, Dean is looking forward to this weekend when North Pulaski hosts the Jae Lynn Russell Tournament. Bauxite, Heber Springs, Little Rock Parkview along with the Falcons will complete in pool play beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. On Friday, North Pulaski also hosts Little Rock Hall in a non-conference matchup. One of the Falcons’ victories was against Bauxite.

"Against Bauxite, we jumped out on them and scored first," Dean said. "Pulaski Academy and Little Rock Christian jumped on us, and we hung our heads. If we jump on someone and score first, I like to see what happens."