Sunday, October 18, 2009

2009 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #4 Day 2

We skipped the first day of the Outlaws fourth fall tournament; Sharon and I were scrambling to get ready for the party. Up much earlier than I would have thought possible, Jack and I ended to Big League Dreams in Manteca for the second day of the tournament.

The Outlaws played an 8:00 a.m. against the Bombers. The Outlaws had 1 win and 2 losses on Saturday. In order to make the play-offs, they needed to win and hold the Bombers essentially scoreless.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 1 with a walk. In his first at-bat, Jack hit a 1 and 1 pitch down the first baseline. The first baseman fielded the ball cleanly and tagged him out at first. The Bombers starting pitcher was very effective; he struck out 6 of the 10 batters the first time through the order. Jack walked on five pitches in his second plate appearance in the bottom of the fifth inning. Josh singled to drive in Jeremy and move Jack to third. James walked to load the bases. With one out, the next batter struck out. The following batter grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning. The inning ended with Jack still on third.

In the field, Jack played third base for the first two innings and first base for the last four innings. In the second inning, he fielded a slow roller and threw the runner out at first. Jack was very busy at first base. He ended up recording 9 put-outs on throws from the pitcher, second baseman, shortstop and third baseman. Keaton caught one of the runners off base. Jack took the throw and chased the runner towards second. Unfortunately, he waited a little long to make the throw to Jeremy at second. His point blank throw bounced off Jeremy's chest and the runner was safe at second.

With the score tied 0 to 0 in the top of the fourth. The Outlaws made a series of fielding and throwing errors and ended up allowing four runs. One of the things that I struggle with as the scorer for the team is scoring errors. I ended up scoring one of the runs as earned and three of the runs as unearned.

The Outlaws ended up losing by a score of 4 to 1 in six innings. In addition to bases loaded with one out in the fifth, the Outlaws had a runner on third with no outs in the bottom of the sixth, but could not score.

The Outlaws ended up with 1 win and 3 losses for the weekend and finished fourth out of five teams.

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