Wednesday, June 24, 2009

2009 East Coast Trip - Day 6 - Cooperstown

With the boys not playing until noon, Sharon and I took the opportunity to have a lazy morning. We went into East Oneonta for a light breakfast the Gemini Cafe. Afterwards, we both went for a run. After my trail run yesterday and a long run this morning over the rolling terrain, I am extremely sore.

The Elk Grove Gunners played the Motor City Hit Dogs Orange at 12:00 p.m. in the start of the single elimination tournament.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 2. He started the week batting eighth in the line-up. Jack batted second in this game; he has been making great contact and getting on base all week. In his first at-bat in the top of the first with Cooper on second and no outs, he hit one up the middle that was deflected by the pitcher. He was thrown out at first with Cooper going to third. Jack hit a nasty hard chopper down the third base line for a hit in his second plate appearance. In spite of a great slide to the right slide into second base, he was thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning.

In the field, Jack played two innings in left field. He had a dying line drive down the line that he got his glove on, but could not make the catch. In the top of the sixth, he ran for Patrick after Pat got on base with a 3DK and hurt his leg stealing second. The inning ended with the bases loaded and Jack at third.

The Gunners lost to the Hit Dogs by a score of 11 to 3 and were eliminated from the tournament. The Gunners actually scored 3 runs in the top of the first, but gave up five runs in the bottom of the first. After a lengthy delay at the top of the second inning around a discussion of the rules for pitching changes, the Gunners could never get back on track.

For the week, Jack was 5 for 12 with three walks and one strike-out (BA - .417 & OBP - .533). He put the ball in play 11 of the 12 times. Jack struck out only once and this was looking rather than swinging. Given the quality of the pitching, I am very proud of how he did at the plate. Although I considered it, I did not keep my own score book this week. In hindsight, I regret it. It seems to me that Jack either led the team or was second behind Cooper in batting average and on base percentage. Jack had a couple of stretches were he struggled in the field, but also made some nice plays.

I will post some general comments about the team and the week over the next couple of days.

After the game, Sharon and I headed into Cooperstown. After wandering through the town, we sat and had a drink at the Hoffman Lane Bristro and talked about how we felt about the week and the team.

We had dinner on the lake at the Blue Mingo. This is another restaurant that we would recommend. We had a nice dinner of salmon bisque, crab cakes, mahi mahi and steak.

We finished the evening sitting on the bridge over the creek next to the house we are renting, reading our books and waiting for the fireflies to come out.

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