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ACADEMICS PLUS BASEBALL Doubleheader, double loss as Falcons struggle in conference

With a second meeting against Guy-Perkins looming Thursday, Academics Plus Coach Steven Tew hopes the Falcons can put their last two doubleheaders behind them.

The Falcons (1-8, 1-4 A5-North) came from behind and defeated Guy-Perkins, 16-15, in the first meeting March 25. However, they lost to Sacred Heart on Monday, 13-0 and 15-0 and last Friday suffered 8-2 and 12-0 setbacks to Mount Vernon. That contest was rescheduled from Thursday and because of that Tew only had nine players and was missing his experienced players Michael Haug and Will Redwine.

“We had a few who hadn’t played much before and were up 2-1 early,” Tew said. “In the second game, the kids gave up. They felt like they played so well in the first game and were disappointed.”

Cade Marbary pitched the first contest and had six strikeouts, gave up three hits and four earned runs but also walked nine batters. Tew said the Falcons had three errors back-to-back. Marbary helped his cause as he was 3-of-3 at the plate with an RBI. Ian Gates added two hits and scored a run.

Tew said Monday’s performance against Sacred Heart was worse than Friday. He also acknowledged that Sacred Heart is a good team and is in second in the conference. In the first game, Academics Plus was guilty of six errors.

“It’s hard to overcome especially against a team like Sacred Heart,” Tew said. “You could tell they are more experienced than we are.”

One thing Tew is learning to deal with is the miscues. But that is to be expected with a young team and with some players who really haven’t played before. He acknowledged that some of the Falcons’ mistakes don’t go down as errors but as hits but says the hits happen because the Falcons don’t make the right jump on the ball, etc. He did say the errors don’t happen because of lack of hustle, but the guys are still in the learning process.

With some winnable games coming up, Tew hopes Academics Plus can concentrate on reachable goals. After Guy-Perkins, the Falcons face Little Rock McClellan and then Wonderview, who as of Monday hadn’t won a conference game. A couple of wins could set up the Falcons for a decent spot in the district tournament and one win gets them to regionals.

“I told our guys at the beginning of the year, people said we weren’t going to be very good and wouldn’t win a game,” Tew said. “We won one game and have a chance to better than a one-win team.”

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