There is a lot of baseball in the next week. The Walbeck Elite played a doubleheader against the West Lane Mets at McNair High School on Tuesday. I hate it when I can't watch Jack play.
I hate it even more when I can't even watch the game on-line. The Elite couldn't find anyone to score so I spent the day texting Rod to get updates. I have scored thirteen of the sixteen games this year in Gamechanger. One of the other parents scored last Tuesday's game that Jack missed. Using pictures of the paper scorebook that Rod sent me, I built the game in Gamechanger after the fact. Using someone else's paper scorecard is an adventure!
Batting lead-off, Jack was 1 for 2 with a single, a walk, a hit by pitch, two runs scored, two RBIs and three stolen bases. In his first at-bat, he was hit by a 0 and 3 pitch. After not getting hit in 150 plate appearances this year, Jack has been hit in the last two games. He stole second and third and scored on Dailey's ground out. Jack walked on six pitches in his second plate appearance, but ended the inning there when Dailey flied out to short. In his third at-bat, Jack hit a 3 and 2 pitch for a chopper through the left side for a single. He drove in Coop. Jack stole second, went to third on Dailey's single and scored on Roessler's single. He hit a 2 and 2 pitch for a grounder to the left side in his fourth plate appearance and was throw out at first by the shortstop.
Playing centerfield, Jack had one put-out.
Behind some solid pitching and some sloppy basics by the Mets [Rod said that there were lots of wild pitches], the Elite cruised to a 10 to 1 victory. The scorecard is here.
Child [1-0, 4 starts, 4 appearances, 15.0 innings, ERA 0.933] was the winning pitcher. I know that Child has also pitched some innings for the scout team. The Elite also got 3.1 scoreless innings from Petrucci, one of the Scout team pitchers.
After a break, the Elite turned around and played the Mets in the second game of the doubleheader.
Batting lead-off, Jack was 2 for 4 with a single, a triple, an RBI, two stolen bases and two runs scored. In his first at-bat, Jack hit a 1 and 2 pitch for a fly out to the centerfielder. The book is unclear about Jack's second plate appearance. It looks like he hit a 3 and 1 pitch for a grounder to the left side. Jack was safe at first, but it is not marked as an error. I have tentatively scored it as a hit until I can talk to everyone. He stole second and third and scored on an error by the catcher. In his third at-bat, Jack ran the count to 1 and 2, fouled off two pitches and then popped out to the second baseman. Jack hit a 0 and 1 pitch for a hard fly ball to left field in his fourth plate appearance. Talking to Rod, it appears that the left fielder got a poor jump on the ball and it carried over his head for a triple. Jack scored on an error by the catcher.
Playing centerfield, Jack did not have an assist or a put-out. There was only one put-out in the outfield: a fly ball to left field!
Leading 3 to 1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Elite gave up three runs on a hit, a hit batter and three walks to fall behind 4 to 3. The Elite bounced back to score three runs in the top of the sixth with Coop's walk and Doubles by Pyles and Guzman. Jack capped off the scoring with his triple. The Elite won the game by the score of 7 to 4. The scorecard is here.
Dewitt (3-0, 6 appearances, 2 starts, 17.0 innings, ERA 1.647) was the winning pitcher.
For the summer season, the Elite have a record of 7 wins, 8 losses and 1 tie. The game log is here.
The Elite will be playing in the Reno Pre-July 4th Invitational starting on Thursday. There is one game on Thursday, two games on Friday and two games on Saturday. They have to be seeded first or second in their pool of six teams in order to play on Sunday.