If only the Academics Plus Falcons could just make a routine play.
In a doubleheader last week against Nemo Vista, the Falcons (0-9, 0-6 1A-5) lost 15-0 and 18-0. Granted Nemo Vista is a good team, but Academics Plus just can’t seem to make the easy plays.
"At times, the ball was right to them," Academics Plus Coach John Harrison said. "After the game, their (Nemo Vista’s) coach said I’ve never seen anything like this before in baseball. It gets to the point where we just have to get an out."
Harrison said the Red Hawks hit the ball hard and put it everywhere in the outfield. To counteract that, he did an unorthodox change and moved his second baseman to left-center. But, that still didn’t help.
Harrison did have some positive things to say and acknowledged that Will Westenburger and Steven Harris made some good plays in the outfield. Harris pitched the first game and did a decent job.
"I told him just not to walk anybody," Harrison said. "I also told him he wasn’t going to strike anyone out but just let them put the ball in play and see if we can make the plays."
One thing the Falcons are doing is hitting the ball. However, Harrison said they are hitting line drives right at the opponents, and they don’t even need to move.
Harrison said he can see discouragement setting in, but he and the Falcons are still staying positive and having fun. They were hoping for some encouragement last night as they played a doubleheader at Guy-Perkins. The Thunderbirds are in the same boat as the Falcons and are playing seven freshmen. Academics Plus is young but also has 16-17-year-olds who have never played.
A contest against Jacksonville Lighthouse was rained out this past Monday and is rescheduled for Friday. On Monday, the Falcons meet West Side Greers Ferry and also need to make up a contest with Mount Vernon-Enola next week before district play starts.