Friday afternoon, we had a large pile of bark delivered and dumped in the street. When Jack got home from school and his mother was not looking, he decided to ride his bike down the driveway and up the pile of bark. He crashed and banged up this hand on one side and his forearm on the other. After icing everything on friday night, I was not sure that he was going to be able to play baseball on Saturday...
The Outlaws played Saturday in the first day of the All Star Travel Ball Super Series Qualifier. They played the Bulldogs in the first game. This is a team that they have faced several times over the last two years. Jack warmed up with the team and seemed ready to go.
At the plate, Jack was 1 for 3 with an RBI, a run scored, a walk and reached on an error. In his first at-bat with runners on second and third, Jack lined a 1 and 1 pitch up the middle to score Cooper and move Jeremy to third.
In the bottom of the first, a ball was hit sharply down the third base line. Jack made a nice diving stop, but twisted and banged the arm that he hurt crashing his bike. He got up very slowly in obvious pain. They ended up moving him to right field. The Outlaws were playing with only nine players so they couldn't take him out of the game.
With two quick strikes, Jack fouled off two pitches, took a ball and then grounded out to the second baseman in his second plate appearance. He was essentially swinging with one arm. In his third plate appearance, Jack grounded a 2 and 2 pitch up the middle. The shortstop got to the ball, but the first baseman did not hold on to the one hop throw. Jack was safe on the error. With Cooper on third, Jack ran halfway to second and stopped. He ended up in a rundown. Cooper scored the tying run before Jack was tagged out for the third out of the inning. Jack walked on five pitches in his fourth plate appearance and went to second defensive indifference, but ended the inning there.
Jack played a third of an inning at third and the rest of the game in right field. Other than the grounder in the top of the first, Jack did not handle the ball.
Going ahead 3 to 0 in the top of the first, the Outlaws fell behind 4 to 3, but ended up tying the game by the score of 4 to 4. The box score is here.
The Outlaws played the Chico Aces in the second game. This is a team that they beat in May.
With Aaron showing up for the second game, Jack sat out the second game. He entered as a courtesy runner for Jordan in the top of the fifth inning.
Giving up 7 runs in the bottom of the second inning on three walks and two errors, the Outlaws fell behind by the score of 8 to 1. They rallied back in the fifth and sixth innings, but ended up losing by the score of 9 to 8. The box score is here.
The Outlaws ended up seeded 7 out of the 11 teams in the tournament. They will play All Star Club Blue Sunday morning at 8 a.m. in a consolation game.
With a small roster, the Outlaws have very little room for error; they can't afford to have any of their key players hurt. I am convinced that with Jack at full speed they would have won both of the games on Saturday and it would have been a much different tournament.