Jack missed three days of school this week with flu. With him at best about 80%, we took off in the morning for the Big League Dreams in Manteca.
The Outlaws played the Bay Valley Bombers at 12:20 p.m. When they started the game, they had only nine players.
At the plate, Jack was 0 for 1 with two walks. In his first at-bat, he walked on eight pitches. With the count 2 and 2, Jack fouled off two pitches and then took two walk to get the walk. He stole second, but ended the innings there. Jack struck out looking on four pitches in his second plate appearance. In this third at-bat, Jack walked on six pitches. Time expired for the game with Jack on first.
In the field, Jack played third base for four innings. He had only one ball hit to him. In the top of the fourth, Jack fielded a grounder to the left side. With the runner going from second to third, Jack wheeled and tried to get the runner behind him. Missing the runner and spinning in a circle, he then tried to make the throw to first. Jack airmailed one about five feet over Keaton's head. As Jack said later, Yao Ming would have made the catch at first.
I jinxed him. In an email thread with Rod and Scott in the last two weeks, we were reviewing the number of unearned runs that the Outlaws had given up through the first four tournaments. I said in one e-mail that I was probably jinxing Jack, but he had not had a fielding error yet...
The Outlaws won the game by a score of 9 to 6 in four innings.
The Outlaws played the Nevada Dust Devils in the second game of the day at 2:30 p.m.
At the plate, Jack had one walk. In his only at-bat in the second inning, he walked on seven pitches. He stole second. Jack ended the inning at second.
In the field, Jack played two innings at first. He had one put on a throw from the pitcher and fielded a grounder to the right side and tagged first.
In a hard fought game, The Outlaws lost to the Dust Devils by the score of 3 to 2 in four innings. With four total errors, all of the runs were unearned.
The Outlaws ended the day with a record of 1 and 1. With an eleven team tournament, the Outlaws are seeded sixth in Sunday's single elimination and will be back at Big League Dreams for an 8:00 a.m. game. urrggghhhh.....