JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — The athletic department at Faith Academy of Marble Falls will add a couple of diamonds to their gridiron and gymnasium.
Athletic director Jessie Crow announced the school will bring back baseball and softball starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
The last time Faith fielded a baseball team was in 2003. The school has been without a softball team since 2006.
The Flames will play in Class 3A District 4 of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. Other teams in the division include Schertz John Paul II, Austin San Juan Diego, Boerne Geneva, Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills and San Antonio St. Gerard.
The softball district includes the same teams but with San Antonio Keystone and without Geneva.
Two years ago, Faith moved to 11-man football and added volleyball. Crow said adding two spring sports was the natural step for the school, which moves up in classificaton starting in August.
“This one was a lot more logical,” he said. “It was a good schedule.”
Games will be played on Tuesdays and Fridays, just like University Interscholastic League contests, except games will start at 6 p.m.
By playing contests on those days, Crow said he believes students still will be able to play baseball and softball and the other spring sports, which include track and field, tennis and golf.
The aim is to have 12 girls and 14 boys on each team. Fewer than double digits on the baseball team will be a challenge because of a pitching staff. Most teams want to have multiple athletes who can pitch to be able to have substitutions. Unlike softball, once a pitcher is used and replaced in baseball, he can’t re-enter the game in the same position.
“With 10 boys and needing pitchers, it gets dangerous,” Crow said.
The next step is to secure fields to have home games and hire coaches, he said.