Sunday, July 29, 2012

HOME RUN! [2012 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #10 Day #2]

Back for the second day of the All World Sports Golden Woody Tournament at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The Outlaws played Hank's Bombers in the first game of the day. This is a team that has been in a number of tournament with the Outlaws over the last few years, but that they have never faced. Greysen's dad said it was actually a 12u team, rather than a 13u team.

At the plate, Jack was 2 for 2 with a home run, a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs. In his first at-bat, Jack walked on three pitches (remember that the count started at 1 and 1). He went to third on a throwing error on Breyton's ground ball and scored when Josh drew a walk.

Greysen started the third inning by drawing a walk. Jack then drove a 2 and 1 pitch over the center field fence for a home run and two RBIs. He had a huge smile on his face as he rounded the bases. Lately, whenever Jack sees a short fence, he wants so badly to hit one out.

In his third at-bat in fourth inning, Jack drove the first pitch into right center for a single. He advanced two bases on Breyton's line drive to right. Breyton ran to first instead of third and got thrown out [remember that you have to run the bases in the opposite direction in the second and fourth innings]. Jack ended up getting picked off when he was too aggressive on a ball that rolled away from the catcher.

In the field, Jack played one inning at first and three innings at third. He and Breyton started swapped when the other team had to run the bases backwards in the fourth inning. Jack went to first in the fourth inning. He had one put-out at third in the second inning on a ground ball to the left side and a throw from Trevor.

Even with Hank's Bombers using a "do over" to erase a home run by Greysen, Jack and Greysen both ended up hitting home runs. The Outlaws won the game by the score of 12 to 7. The box score is here.

The Outlaws turned right around and played the Bay Area Black Sox. This is a team that they have seen a number of times over the last eighteen months.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 3 with a run scored. In his first at-bat, Jack absolutely crushed a 2 and 1 pitch for a line drive to right field. Right at the fence, the right fielder reached up awkwardly and caught the ball for an out. I was sure that it was a home run. Jack struck out looking in his second plate appearance on an inside pitch at his ankles; it was a horrible, horrible call. In his third at-bat, Jack drove a 1 and 2 pitch through the right side for a single. He said that the pitcher was throwing outside and just decided to go with the pitch. Jack stole second and scored on Josh's ground rule double.

In the field, Jack played shortstop part of an inning, two plus innings at third and two innings at first. Again, he and Breyton were swapping first and third in the second and fourth innings. Jack had two put-outs and an assist. He caught a line drive when he was at first and then doubled the runner off third to end the fourth inning.

Giving up 7 runs in the top of the first inning, the Outlaws battled back, but fell just short. They lost by the score of 10 to 9. Niko had a moon shot grand slam home run erased in the fourth inning by a "do over." The box score is here.

With just one too many runs allowed, the Outlaws finished seventh out of the 15 teams in the tournament and were eliminated; only the top six team advanced to the play-offs. While I liked the shorter outfield fences and the wooden bats, I really didn't like the other goofy rules. I don't know that I would encourage the team to play in this kind of a "fun" tournament again.

It is going to be an interesting three months. Jack starts two a day football practices with the freshman football team on August 6. The team has thirteen practices in the first fourteen days. It will be interesting to see if he makes the team.

I don't think that he is going to have time to play much baseball in the next three months.

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