Academics Plus baseball Coach John Harrison was hoping a contest against Jacksonville Lighthouse last week would result in a victory for his inexperienced Falcons.
That wasn’t the case. A series of blunders and mistakes dug the Falcons (0-7, 0-4 1A-5) into a hole they couldn’t overcome, and they suffered a 15-6 setback.
"I thought we would have a chance, but we didn’t play well," Harrison said. "We couldn’t make the routine plays. I had a feeling we would play better. It started in the first inning, we couldn’t catch and throw. I think in the second inning they scored seven runs and only one wasn’t on a passed ball, and I think they only had one earned run."
With the inexperience in the field, Harrison said the Falcons are trying to learn as they go. Fortunately, they are having fun and competing hard, they just don’t have the instinct to make the natural plays.
"We are hitting the ball and not having a problem putting the ball in play," Harrison said. "We just can’t make the plays in the field, and I’ve never seen anything like it. The kids have to be ready to play, but we have so little baseball experience, they don’t know about being in baseball position."
Senior Paul Shessley started on the mound for Academics Plus but had control issues. After walking the first six batters, Harrison had to pull him. He is not sure what was wrong with the top pitcher but believes his arm might have been sore. Steven Harris finished the contest, and Harrison said he did a pretty good job.
"Before he threw a pitch, I told him to make them put the ball in play," Harrison said. "He did what he was supposed to do. We just couldn’t make the routine plays."
A conference contest against Guy-Perkins last week was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader in the two teams’ second meeting. This past Monday, the Falcons were supposed to face Nemo Vista, but that was rescheduled for last night. On Friday, they travel to Mount Vernon-Enola.