Thursday, July 16, 2009

Laguna 10Us versus Oakland American 10Us

We loaded up and headed back to Oakland again, the fourth time in sixth days. The Laguna 10Us are playing Oakland American 10Us. At this point, these are the last two undefeated teams in the tournament. Oakland American won the Northern California Cal Ripken 9U tournament last year, advanced to the regionals and placed third.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. In his first at-bat in the top of the second inning, Jack drove a 1 - 0 pitch through the left side of the infield for a single. He went to second on a passed ball. Niko hit a ground out that advanced Jack to third. Breyton singled through the right side of the infield to score Jack for the game's first run. This is the second game in a row that Jack has scored the Outlaw's first run. In his second plate appearance in the fourth inning with two out and runners on first and second, Jack struck out swinging on five pitches. This is the first strike out swinging that he has had in the Coopertown or Cal Ripken tournaments. Jack walked on 7 pitches in his third at-bat in the top of the sixth. He was eventually forced out at second on a fielder's choice hit by Breyton.

In the field, Jack played five innings at third base. He had a lot of action. In the first, he took a very high hopper and made a great throw to first to get the runner. In the second, he backhanded a drive down the third base line and made a nice throw to first, but the runner was called safe. There were two other balls hit right down the third base line: one that he did not get to and one that bounced straight up off the bag. Jack probably should have tried to take the second one in front of the bag, rather than trying to backhand it behind the base. In the second inning, a ball was hit back to the Niko at the pitcher, his throw pulled Jack off the bag, but the runner took a big turn. Jack and Cooper were able to get the runner out in a run down.

Laguna scratched out two runs in the second and third innings to lead 2 to 0 after two and a half. Oakland scored two runs in the bottom of the third on a single and a triple. The bottom fell out in the third of the fourth; with two outs, Oakland scored four runs on four singles and a walk. Laguna got one run back in the top of the sixth. Pat reached base on an error and then Jack walked. Pat eventually scored on a single by Josh.

The final score was Oakland American 6, Laguna 3. Laguna drops into the loser bracket and plays Elk Grove North on Friday night at 4 p.m. The winner of that game will play Oakland American on Saturday at 12 p.m.

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