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ACADEMICS PLUS SOFTBALL | Falcons lose doubleheader to Morrilton’s Sacred Heart

Even though Academics Plus lost a doubleheader to Sacred Heart last week, Coach Ken Holland is excited about one thing.

“I found a new pitcher,” he exclaimed. “Madison Prine had never pitched before, but the first batter she faced she struck out with three pitches.”

Holland said Prine has been messing around in practice, and he didn’t think too much about it. After pitching a good game in the first contest, starter Bailey Kirby’s arm started hurting in the second game. Holland asked Prine if she wanted to try, she said yes, and I told her to go out and go for it.

“She did about as well as Bailey,” he said. “She throws harder than Bailey and had been playing shortstop. I can now switch the two.”

Against Sacred Heart, Academic Plus lost 15-0 and 16-2. Holland was glad the Lady Falcons (0-4) made it to five innings. In the first contest, he said they couldn’t hit Sacred Heart’s pitcher. Lisa Goodwin did manage a couple of hits including a triple right off the bat, but the next three batters struck out. In the second game, they hit better and managed a couple of runs.

“If we played like we did against the first two teams we played this year, we could have beaten Sacred Heart,” Holland said. “They only got four to five runs each inning, and for us that is a big improvement. Even though we didn’t hit as well, we played better defense. The big difference was the way we played in the field, and hopefully, that will carry over.”

Academics Plus was supposed to face Mount Vernon-Enola last Thursday, but the contests were rained out. Weather permitting, the Falcons played Guy-Perkins last night. A meeting with Wonderview is scheduled for Thursday and on Friday, they meet Jacksonville Lighthouse.

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