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ACADEMICS PLUS SOFTBALL | Falcons lose early lead in big way

One error by the Academics Plus Lady Falcons leads to many more.

Coach Ken Holland is trying to figure out how to get the Lady Falcons (0-2) to recover after they make one miscue. If they make one mistake, it just snowballs. Case in point, Monday they led Cutter Morning Star, 5-1, going into the bottom of the second and ended up losing 20-5.

“We had two outs and then had one error after another,” Holland said. “We were playing pretty good for a little bit. Bailey (Kirby) pitched well today.”

Holland re-emphasized that Academics Plus was playing pretty good, then all of a sudden one error happened, and things fell apart. One area where the Lady Falcons are having trouble is with routine pop-up flies.

“Our judgment is not very good, and I don’t know how to teach that,” Holland said. “Our biggest problem is we are not fielding very good.”

Another thing Holland is dealing with is the hesitation of the girls and their fear of getting out. One thing that happened Monday is a ball went past the catcher, and Holland sent the girl on third home. Once she saw the catcher with the ball, she hesitated and came back to Holland when all she had to do was slide and score.

“They are so afraid of getting out and think they can’t do it,” Holland said. “Their hesitation is a big thing we have to work out.”

In the Lady Falcons’ first contest last week, they lost to Rose Bud, 26-11. In the third inning, they only trailed 11-9 with two outs and no one on base. A bobbled pop up fly cleared the bases, and Holland said things like that kill them.

Comprised of young players and some who haven’t played before, Holland is seeing an improvement in some areas. In particular, the Lady Falcons are better at baserunning. Also, they are not giving up too many walks. The big thing is they are giving up too many big innings, but they seem to be having fun.

“Our attitudes are really good,” Holland said. “They are encouraging each other, and we aren’t having any problems.”

Last night, Academics Plus opened conference play against Sacred Heart, and on Thursday face Mount Vernon-Enola. Holland said like in basketball, the 1A-5 is stout in softball.

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