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ACADEMICS PLUS BASEBALL Time off not good for young Falcons

With a new program and a young team, playing games is one thing the Academics Plus Falcons need to do. However, the weather hasn’t cooperated, not to mention that the Falcons must share a field with Maumelle High School. So, with an important home doubleheader looming Thursday against Wonderview, Academics Plus enters the contest not having played in 10 days.

The Falcons (1-8, 1-4 A5-North) were supposed to travel to Guy Perkins last Thursday, but that contest was cancelled due to wet fields. Thus far, the two teams have not been able to find a date to make up that contest.

“The last month has not helped with the rainouts,” Academics Plus Coach Steven Tew said. “It’s been a pain trying to figure out makeups plus we share a field with another high school.”

Wonderview is a team Tew feels the Falcons have a chance of winning against. He is excited for the first contest as it pits Wonderview’s top pitcher John Beck against Academic Plus’ Will Redwine.

“I heard he is a really good pitcher and comes with it,” Tew said. “Those two guys will go at it. I’d rather go and watch a 1-0 game with two good pitchers.”

Wonderview is supposed to play Guy Perkins before meeting the Falcons. That contest should give them a measure of where they stack up as Academics Plus defeated Guy Perkins, 16-15, earlier in the year.

“I don’t know about their number two guy,” Tew said. “We’ll be throwing Michael (Haug). Our goal is to win one game if not two. The guys are kind of anxious because they haven’t been on the field in a while.”

Tew said the Falcons have had some pretty good practices and with the extra days have had them do some endurance runs. He is also seeing a difference from the beginning of the season.

“The other day I was outside my classroom, and one of the players walked up and we started talking,” Tew said. “He said every player was talking about the difference from the beginning of the first day until now.”

At the beginning of the season, Tew talked to his team about how starting a new program would be rough. He told them they wouldn’t go winless which that has already been accomplished. He is hoping the Falcons add to the win column this week.

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