Before Academics Plus begins district play Thursday, the Falcons wrapped up the regular season yesterday with a doubleheader at Guy-Perkins.
Last Thursday, the Falcons (0-9, 0-6 1A-5) started a contest with the Thunderbirds but only got in three innings before the rain came. Academics Plus Coach John Harrison was encouraged by the Falcons’ performance, and they only trailed 4-2 when the game was called.
“We played really well, and they scored their four runs in the first inning on errors,” Harrison said. “I saw lots of improvement. We saw we can play, and it helped our confidence. We figured out baseball is not that complicated.”
Paul Shessley started the game on the mound. After some control issues, he surrendered to Will Westenburger who Harrison said was not only throwing strikes but off-speed pitches. Encouraged by the last Thursday’s performance, Harrison was hoping for good things yesterday.
“In those three innings, we looked pretty good,” he said. “Through all the things we’ve gone through, no matter what I’ve stayed positive. We’ve keep it upbeat, and the guys responded.”
With a young and inexperienced team, playing games is one thing that helps. Unfortunately, Academics Plus didn’t get to play all its games because of weather and other situations.
The Falcons still haven’t played conference foe Mount-Vernon Enola and was scheduled to play yesterday.
However, that contest probably didn’t happen as Academics Plus’ seed into the district tournament will most likely depend on how it did last night. Mount-Vernon Enola’s path is not so clear and needs to make up another conference game.
“We share a field with Maumelle and when games have to be rescheduled it causes several problems,” Harrison said. “When it happens to us, it’s complicated. I have to go through three other avenues to see if a field is available.”
Seedings and game times weren’t finalized until today, but the Falcons play tomorrow. Regardless of who Academics Plus plays, Harrison just wants his team to play well and get experience.