North Pulaski Coach Michael Dean was hoping the Falcons’ confidence from a doubleheader victory over Little Rock Mills last Thursday would carry into last night’s matchup with Jacksonville.
The Falcons (4-9, 2-4 5A-Central) not only defeated the Comets but beat them soundly. The first contest was an 18-2 triumph in four innings, and the Falcons won 16-4 in five innings in the second game.
In the first game, senior Fred Thomas was 3-of-4 with three singles, and sophomore Ean Collie pitched a no-hitter. North Pulaski’s batting average was .526 on 10-of-19 hitting with only two errors.
In the second meeting, senior pitcher Jordan Walter yielded seven hits and struck out five batters. Freshman Caleb McMunn, Walter and junior Hunter McPherson all smacked doubles.
"We have a tendency when we play a team we are obviously better than, we play better," Dean said. "When we play someone like Pulaski Academy and Little Rock Christian we lock up and tighten up. Each game we are getting better and better, and I told the guys it was better to be on the other end of the whipping stick."
On April 5, the Falcons played Heber Springs in the Jae Lynn Russell tournament. Although, they lost Dean saw some good things.
"We battled them and should have won," Dean said. "We saw we can compete with them and can play well against a decent team and not be intimidated."
Dean is finally squaring up the lineup and getting players in the right positions. He also feels that players are finally stepping up and learning their roles. Although the Falcons commit errors occasionally, they have always been able to play make plays in the field. Dean said they are now starting to hit better.
Friday, the Falcons travel to Maumelle and then meet Heber Springs on Tuesday and travel Thursday to West Helena. Dean is anxious to see how North Pulaski performs.
"Instead of backing into games, we are stepping out and gaining confidence and looking forward to them," Dean said. "We are anticipating games which is one of our objectives."