Friday, August 01, 2014

2014 Under Armour Southwest Championships 18u Day 3

Sharon, Jack and I had breakfast in the lobby of the hotel; both Sharon and I had huevos rancheros. Afterwards, I took a short 30 minute run on the treadmill.

In the second day of the Under Armour Southwest Championships 18u, the Walbeck Elite played the Baseball Factory Black at Mt San Antonio College at 12:30 pm. The Baseball Factory Black team was made up from kids over all over the United States that were pulled together to play in this tournament. One of the parents said that they had not met anyone else until Tuesday.

Batting tenth, Jack was 0 for 2. In his first at-bat, he grounded a 1 and 1 pitch to the shortstop and was thrown out at first. Jack struck out looking on a 1 and 2 pitch in his second plate appearance.

Playing centerfield, Jack had two put-outs.

With the game tied 1 to 1 in the top of the seventh, the Baseball Factory Black scored two runs and won the game by the score of 3 to 1. The scorecard is here.

There was an odd sequence in the top of the seventh. With the score tied 1 to 1 with one out and a man on third, the Baseball Factory Black skipped a batter. When challenged, the tournament director ruled that they could skip a batter without taking an out. He indicated that this was a showcase, not a tournament… This lead to some running amok over the next 24 hours.

Rod had planned a golf outing for the late afternoon. I was honestly beat and hungry by the time we got back to the hotel. I was not looking forward to playing golf. Nevertheless, I piled into the car with Rod, Dan and Paul to head to the course.

We played the Oak Quarry Golf Course. I was extremely impressed with the course. I rallied and enjoyed the afternoon a great deal. I rode with Paul in the cart. By the time we got to the 17th tee, it was getting very dark. We pressed on over the last two holes. I ended up with a very liberally scored winter rules 97 with a few mulligans off the tee. Even playing with rented clubs, I was very happy with how I played.

Rod, Julie, Sharon, Jack and I ended the day having a late, light dinner in the bar in the lobby of the hotel. A group of us finished the night having a nightcap with Matt Walbeck.

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