Academics Plus Coach Steven Tew wanted to accomplish three things in the Falcons’ first year of playing baseball. All of those objectives were achieved.
“Our goals at the beginning of the year were to have something to build on, win at least one game and be better at the end of the year,” Tew said. “Personally, I wanted to create excitement about playing, and based on what players and parents told me our last game, I accomplished that.”
The Falcons (2-13) ended their season last week with a 5-0 loss to Wonderview in the district tournament. Tew said Wonderview had a pitcher, who could had a curve and changeup, that was the best Academics Plus had seen all year. The Falcons just got four hits off him. For Academics Plus, Will Redwine gave up two hits, walked four and struck out 10 batters, and all five of the runs were unearned.
“The first innings we were a little shaky,” Tew said. “After that we settled down. With only four hits, it’s hard to get something started offensively. We did make one to two base running mistakes.”
Tew is happy with the way the first year went. He does wish the Falcons could replay a couple of games. For instance, he knows E-stem would have been a different game at the end of the year since the Falcons were better. Although, Academics Plus lost to J.A. Fair on the scoreboard, he said statistically, that was the best the team hit as a team all year.
Junior Michael Haug finished the season with a .409 batting average and only struck out three times. He was the team leader with RBIs with a .548 on base percentage and was 2-1 as a pitcher with a 3.59 ERA. Sophomore Will Redwine batted .375 with a .483 on-base percentage and 10 steals. He had 41 strikeouts in 23 innings and a 4.57 ERA.
With the entire team returning, Tew is hopeful for next season. He is already researching and making plans for the offseason and also challenged his players to practice or play in some way to develop their skills.