Over the next ten days, the Jesuit Marauders Frosh baseball team has six games. In their first weeknight game of the season, the Marauders played the St. Mary's Rams. St. Mary's is in Stockton.
For the second game in the a row, Jack started in left field. Rather than batting second, he was the lead off batter. Talking in the car after the game, neither Jack or I could remember a game in the hundreds of baseball games that he has played where he batted lead off.
At the plate, Jack was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs, 2 runs scored and reached safely on an error. In his first at-bat, Jack hit a 3 and 2 pitch for a fly ball right at the center fielder for an out. Jack hit a 1 and 2 pitch for a grounder to the right side in his second plate appearance. The second baseman fielded the ball awkwardly and then stumbled. With Jack flying up the line, the second baseman never made a throw and Jack was safe at first on the error. Jack scored the first run of the game on Bailey's triple to right center. Jack came to bat with runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the fourth. With the game tied at 2, Jack lined a 3 and 1 pitch into left center for a single. Jordan scored from second for the RBI. Jack went to second on a passed ball and then scored on Bailey's single to left center. In his fourth at-bat in the bottom of fifth, the bases were loaded with two outs. Jack grounded a 3 and 1 pitch up the middle for a single. Kevin scored from third and Sam scored from second for two more RBIs. Jack went to second on the throw to the plate, but ended the inning there when Bailey flew out to centerfield.
In the field, Jack played seven innings in left field. He had two put-outs on fly balls. Jack also did a nice job running down a triple that was crushed down the third base line and rolled all the way to the trees on American River Drive. I am frankly surprised how comfortable he looks in the outfield. Jack and I were talking in the car on Monday night. He was saying that he thought that one of the strongest outfield combinations would be him in left, Sam in center and Bailey in right; this is the line-up they used on Tuesday night.
Needing a strong pitching performance, the Marauders got one. Behind a 76 pitch complete game by Chiappe, the Marauders beat the Rams by the score of 10 to 3. The box score is here and the scorecard is here.
I am not sure that anyone saw Chiappe's performance coming. He had only pitched one inning in the scrimmage against Davis on February 23. Jack said that he had not pitched that well in their inter-squad games. Nevertheless, it was just what the team needed.
The Jesuit Frosh baseball team now has 3 wins and 2 losses. The game log is here. The next game is their first away game Friday night against Vacaville.