Finally, the North Pulaski softball team got to play some games.
After enduring several stretches of not playing because of the weather postponing or cancelling games, the Falcons (6-6, 6-2 5A-Central) played two last weekend in the shortened Jae Lynn Russell Tournament and run-ruled Little Rock Mills twice last Monday.
“It’s been frustrating (going stretches without a game),” North Pulaski Coach Jack Casey said. “But, I told the other coach maybe it was good we went a week or so without a game or practice because we did better. “
Originally, nine teams were competing in the Jae Lynn Tournament that was scheduled March 29-30. However, weather forced the competition to be cancelled. This past weekend, four teams were able to make the rescheduled event. North Pulaski lost to Maumelle and Mayflower.
“Both those teams were a little bit better than us, but a hit here or there could have made a difference,” Casey said. “The tournament was good because it helped us get more games. Although it dropped to four, we still raised money for the scholarship. Her dad comes and speaks and it’s kind of an emotional thing. It was still a success.”
Casey couldn’t exactly remember the scores of the Mills’ contests. In both games, the Falcons scored 20 runs. Once again, Casey said it was hard for North Pulaski to bat because the pitcher was slow. He said defense wasn’t too bad just a few mental errors. He wonders, though, if the girls get excited when a ball is hit because there can be long periods without a ball being hit.
The Falcons host Little Rock McClellan today for senior night. They finish out the regular season Tuesday with Sylvan Hills. Right now, it looks promising that they will notch a spot in the 5A state tournament.
“I’m not surprised because I knew we had girls who could play,” Casey said. “Our consistency is our weakness. Sometimes, we look really great and other times, we look like we don’t know what we are doing.”