Sunday, September 02, 2012

2012 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #11 Day #2

Back at Sparks for the second day of the All World Sports Labor Day tournament, the Outlaws played the San Jose Toros in the first game of the day. The Toros were 2 and 0 on Saturday.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 2 with a triple, a walk and a RBI. In his first at-bat, Jack hit a 0 and 1 pitch hard down the first base line for a triple to lead off the top of the second inning. Unfortunately, the Outlaws couldn't get him home. Breyton grounded out to short, Josh struck out and Patrick grounded out to second. Jack was remarking at lunch about how Dan Boyle is always pounding on him that you have to find a way to get that runner home from third.

Jack walked on six pitches in his second plate appearance. He went to second on Breyton's walk and to third on Josh's single. Jack ended the inning there when Alex and Patrick struck out. In his third plate appearance, Jack grounded the first pitch to the left side to score Greysen, but he was out at first.

In the field, Jack pitched 1/3 of an inning. It was a f@#$*&^ train wreck. He threw 26 pitches: 14 balls and 12 strikes. Jack hit one batter, walked two and gave up 6 runs. Given that he has not touched a baseball in five weeks and has not thrown any bullpens, I was not happy that coaches ran him out to pitch against a stacked team. Talking to everyone later in the day, it seems that a number of the other kids were suffering from various injuries and they probably didn't have too many other choices. I find it ironic that Jack has been playing football for the last month, but it was all of the other kids that were dinged up.

Jack played third for 3 2/3 innings and then caught the fifth inning. The last time I can remember him catching a game was a scrimmage against the Bullets three plus years ago. Apparently, all of the Outlaws regular catchers (Jordan, JJ and Trevor) were hurting...

The Outlaws gave up 6 runs in the first inning and never got back into the game. They lost by the score of 10 to 5. The box score is here.

After a break for lunch, the Outlaws faced the San Jose Quakes. The Quakes had 3 wins and no losses in their first three games of the tournament.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 1 with a walk. In his first at-bat, he walked on five pitches. Jack went to second on Breyton's single, but ended the inning there when Josh hit into a double play. Jack grounded a 3 and 1 pitch to the shortstop for an out in his second plate appearance. Frankly, I was surprised that the Outlaws didn't crush either of the pitchers that the Quakes threw. Jack noted later that he got too anxious in second at-bat against the slower throwing pitcher...

In the field, Jack played three innings at catcher and one inning at third. I was surprised at how well he did at catcher. He is catching Josh in the picture at the top of this post. Jack had one put-out [the catcher get credit the put-out on a strike-out...].

Josh got hit hard and gave up 8 earned runs in the first 2 innings. The Outlaws lost the game by the score of 12 to 1. The box score is here.

It was an ugly weekend. Rod made the point during dinner that Jack got what he needed out of the weekend. He is probably right; it was just an opportunity for Jack to get some reps.

We finished the day with a huge group dinner for both the 13u and 14u Outlaws teams at Bertha Miranda's. Afterwards we spent some time wandering through Circus Circus hotel with the boys playing games in the extensive arcade. It was after midnight by the time we walked back to Harrahs.

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