Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Laguna 10Us versus North Area 10Us

Sharon, Jack, John, Cole and I drove down to Oakland in the afternoon for the continuing Northern California Cal Ripken 10U tournament. Jack's team, the Laguna 10Us, were scheduled to play the North Area (Sacramento) 10Us. This turned out to be the most exciting baseball game that I have ever seen Jack play!

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. In his first at-bat in the second inning, Jack hit the first pitch back to the mound and was thrown out at first. Jack came up in the fourth innning with two outs and the pitcher carrying a no hitter! Jack walked on six pitches. Niko and Josh followed him with singles. Jack took a big turn around third on Josh's single, the right fielder's throw home was high into the backstop and Jack raced home to score the game's first run. Jack came up in the fifth inning with Pat on third and two outs. With take signs from the coach, he sat on a couple of strikes, ran the count to 3 and 2, finally hit a sharp grounder to the shortstop and was thrown out at first.

In the field, Jack played 6 innings at third base. He handled the ball only once taking a throw from Cooper for the force at third base to end the first inning.

The Laguna Outlaws starting pitcher struggled. After two singles, a strike out and four consecutive walks, the coaches made a pitching change. By the time they got out of the top of the first, they had given up 4 runs. The next three Laguna pitchers (Breyton, Niko and Josh) did not allow a hit. Jack scored a run in the fourth. The team added two more in the fifth to make the score 4 to 3 when they came to bat in the bottom of the sixth. Niko walked. Josh doubled into right field to put the runners on second and third. With no outs and the count 3 and 0, Breyton ignored a take sign from the coaches and blooped a single down the first base line to drive in two runs and win the game. You could have knocked me over with a feather.

Laguna will play Thursday night against Oakland American.

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