On March 7, Academics Plus had its first softball game. On March 8, Coach Stephanie Wortham had her second boy. She may miss just a few games, but Wortham sees improvement all ready for the Falcons.

Only in its second year, Academics Plus lost, 15-0, to Rose Bud. The contest was good for the Falcons before they begin conference play after spring break. Wortham lost just two players from last year’s squad, and with 18 players and only two seniors, she sees promise for the future. She only had to replace the pitcher and third baseman.

"We are kind of a young team," she said. "But, in practice I already see we are improved from last year."

The Falcons have a new pitcher this year in freshman Bailey King. She has been taking lessons and is still learning. Rose Bud was able to take advantage of timely hits around King’s walks.

"Last year, our pitcher had pitched so she already knew what to do," Wortham said. "I told her she was fine, and she did well."

Wortham, who played two years in college, says she has a good catcher and sees the Falcons’ defense as a strength. They need improvement at the plate.

"We need to get in the batting cages and work on that," she said. "I think we had two hits against Rose Bud. Overall, I’m proud of the girls, and I see improvement over last year."

Once the season gets into full swing, Wortham will talk to the girls about the teams they played last season—who they beat and who they lost to—and what to expect. She’ll also talk to them about goals and would like see a good performance at district so they can advance to regionals.