Riding a five-game winning streak into last Tuesday’s doubleheader with Sylvan Hills, the North Pulaski baseball team saw that come to a halt. Sylvan Hills defeated the Falcons, 10-3 and 9-2.
The contest had implications as at least a split could have possibly gotten them a state tournament berth. Sylvan Hills is fourth in the conference while the Falcons (6-14, 4-10 5A-Central) are fifth.
"We were right there with them," North Pulaski Coach Michael Dean said. "Our downfall was three errors that scored the last runs."
After four innings, the contest was deadlocked at 3-all. In the top of the seventh, Sylvan Hills took advantage of two consecutive walks and two consecutive errors to seal the victory.
"After the errors, the bottom fell out," Dean said. "That’s been our MO. If we lose the first game, then we can’t win the second."
In the first contest, the Falcons were 6-of-24 from the plate. A 4-of-22 performance in the second game didn’t help. Additionally, they didn’t score until the sixth inning in the second game.
Senior Austin Allen was 1-for-2 in the first contest with a double. In conference play, he is 13-of-21 for a .619 average, and overall, he is 27-of-42 for a .643 average.
Last week, North Pulaski defeated Little Rock McClellan, 14-0 and 17-3. Pitcher Jordan Walter threw a one-hitter with five strikeouts. The Falcons had some momentum after that contest after winning their fifth in a row. They finish the season Friday hosting a doubleheader with West Memphis. The eight seniors will be acknowledged in Senior Night.
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The Falcons also didn’t fare well against Sylvan Hills losing 15-0 and 11-1. However, North Pulaski (8-8, 10-4 5A-Central) is in a different place than the baseball team with a state tournament berth already wrapped up.
Last week, the Falcons run-ruled Little Rock McClellan in two contests and have wrapped up their regular season. The state tournament begins May 9 in Hope with the opponent not known at press time.