Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #13 Day 1

While I was in New Zealand, Jack played in a baseball tournament on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday September 11. I hate not being there when Jack plays. At some point, I build a game log for the fall baseball season with the results and box scores.

This weekend, the Outlaws played in the TPR Baseball September Ends Tournament at Big League Dreams in Manteca. They played the Turlock Renegades in the first game. This is not a team that the Outlaws have faced before. While the Outlaws play as a AAA team, the Renegades were listed as a Major team. Watching them warm up, Randy, Ben and I were scratching your heads wondering how they could be rated as a Major team.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 1 with one RBI, one run scored and two walks. In his first at-bat, Jack walked on five pitches. Struggling to find the strike zone, the Renegades starting pitcher walked the next three batters and scored Jack. They replaced the pitcher after seven consecutive walks. Jack had a great at-bat in his second plate appearance. With the count at two balls and two strikes, he fouled off four straight pitches before hitting a line drive in right center to score Jeremy. Jack tried to stretch it into a double and was thrown out at second. In his third at-bat, Jack walked on four pitches and stole second. Josh hit a weak fly ball into left field that the left fielder trapped right in front of Jack. Seeing the ball bouce, Jack advanced to third. The field umpire ruled it a catch and Jack was doubled off second.

In the field, Jack played four innings at third base. He had on put-out and one assist. Jack caught a very high pop-up for the left side in the first inning for the put-out and fielded a grounder in the fourth and made the throw to first in the fourth inning for the assist. This is the first time I have seen him play on 80 foot bases and he does not seem bothered by the longer distance.

Collecting 11 hits and 9 walks, the Outlaws roughed up the Renegades by the score of 13 to 0 in four innings. The box score is here.

In the second game of the day, the Outlaws played the San Jose Cardinals. This is also a team that they have never faced before.

At the plate, Jack was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. In his first at-bat, he hit a 0 and 2 pitch in right center to drive in Aaron and Jeremy. Jack stole second and was thrown out trying to steal third. Jack lined a 2 and 2 pitch down the first base line to score Jeremy in his second plate appearance. He stole second and went to third on Josh's single. Jack scored on Breyton's single. In his third at-bat, Jack grounded a 0 and 3 pitch to right side. The second baseman knocked it down behind second base, but was unable to make a solid throw to first. Jack went to second on the throw. He went to third on an error on Josh's grounder and then scored to end the game on Breyton's fielder's choice. The game ended due to the time limit being reached.

In the field, Jack played five innings at third base. He had one put-out and two assists. Jack handled a high pop fly to the left side in the second inning. In the first inning, he fielded a grounder to the left side. The ball died on him, but he stayed with it and was able to throw the runner out at first. In the fifth inning, Jack made the last out of the game. He ranged far to his left to handle a grounder and throw the runner out at first.

The Outlaws won the game by the score of 6 to 0. The box score is here.

With two wins and no runs allowed in pool play, the Outlaws were seeded first and will play the San Jose Cardinals again in an elimination game on Sunday.

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