Tuesday, June 23, 2009

2009 East Coast Trip - Day 5 - Cooperstown

The house that we have rented has a number of trails out the back door. Rather than running on the county road, Sharon and I both went for a morning run up the trails. Other than being very wet in a number of places from all of the rain, I had a great run up to the top of the ridge. I will be very interested in making a map from the Garmin later.

The Gunners played against the Pembroke Lake Florida Bulldogs at 11:00 a.m. Apparently, the Bulldogs are ranked 4th in the nation and are undefeated in the tournament so far.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 1 with 2 walks. In his first at-bat, Jack drove a pitch to the right side and was thrown out at first by the second baseman. Jack walked on five pitches in second second plate appearance and eventually came around to score on a double down the right field line by Josh. In his third at-bat, Jack walked again and eventually came around to score again.

In the field, Jack played five innings at third base and one inning in left field. At third, Jack made a nice catch on a foul pop-up. There several balls hit to his left between him and the shortstop that it seems like he should have gotten a glove on. It seems to me that he should be playing a step to his left and a step farther back.

The Gunners lost the game by the score of 14 to 7. In total, the Bulldogs had only given up 3 runs in their previous four games so everyone viewed this as a moral victory.

With a long break before the next game, Sharon and I wandered back into Cooperstown and had a late lunch at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. We ate in the Hawkeye Grill. Sitting on the patio, we had an amazing view of Lake Otsego and the Leatherstocking Golf Course. Sharon was particularly enamored with the scenery.

After lunch, we went to the Fenimore Art Museum. The museum is set in a very nice 1930s neo-Georgian mansion with terraced gardens overlooking the lake. The highlight is the mansion. There was not much interesting other than some photos of Central Park and Niagara Falls. Sharon actually said at one point as we were walking through the museum that “this is the worst museum collection that I have ever seen.”

With a little more time to kill about the next game, we took an hour boat tour of the lake. From there, we stopped briefly at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

The Gunners played the Cincy Ohio Flames at 7:00 p.m.

For the first time all week, Jack did not start. He played the fifth inning at third base and did not get to the plate.

The Gunners lost to the Flame by a score of 5 to 1. I think that everyone was particularly disappointed by this game. It was a team that they could beat and it would have been nice to finish the pool play with .500 record.

The Elk Grove Gunners ended the third day with a record of 2 wins and 4 losses. Jack is 4 for 10 with three walks and one strike-out (BA - .400 & OBP - .538).

Finishing the pool play, the Gunners are seated 53 out of 88 teams for the single elimination tournament. They will play the 52th seed Motor Town Hit Dogs Orange at noon on Wednesday. In order to advance to Thursday, the Gunners would have to win four games on Wednesday!

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