Sunday, March 21, 2010

the most exciting play in baseball [2010 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #3 Day #2]

Back at Freedom Park for the second day of a tournament, the Outlaws played the Delta Dawgs.  The Dawgs had beaten both the Blast and Diehard on Saturday.

At the plate, Jack was 2 for 2 with a walk, a run scored and three RBIs.  In his first at-bat, Jack walked on four pitches.  He stole second and went to third on a passed ball, but ended the inning at third.  Jack drove a 3 and 1 pitch through the left side for a single in his second plate appearance.  Again, he ended the inning on third base.

With the Outlaws trailing 4 to 3 in the bottom of the fifth, Jack came to bat with the bases loaded and one out.  He crushed a 1 and 1 pitch over the right fielder to the fence.  I don't know that I have ever seen him hit a ball harder.  The fence on the field was 279 feet.  Three runs scored and Jack motored into third.

As Hank Aaron once said, "the triple is the most exciting play in baseball."  Trying to watch Josh running from second and Jeremy running from first, the ball rolling in the outfield and Jack rounding the bases all at the same time, it was a wild 10 seconds...

Jack scored from third on Jordan's ground out.

Jack played sixth innings at first base.  He had a fairly busy game with six put-outs on throws from the catcher, third baseman, second baseman and shortstop.

The Outlaws won the game by the score of 7 to 4 in six innings. The box score is here.

Based on the pool play, the Outlaws turned around and played the Delta Dawgs again in the championship game of the tournament.  The Outlaws were seeded #1 and the Dawgs were seeded #2.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 3 with a run scored.  In his first at-bat, Jack struck out looking on four pitches.  The called third strike was high and inside, but Jack bailed out of the batter's box.  At this age, the umpires are pretty consistent about calling strikes if it is close and you don't stay in the box.  Jack pushed the first pitch into right field for a single in his second plate appearance.  He ended up scoring from third on Josh's sacrifice fly.  Jack drove the first pitch hard right at the third baseman for an out in his last at-bat.

Jack played sixth innings at first base.  He had five put-outs, including throws from the catcher, second baseman and shortstop.  Jack also made a nice catch on high pop-up in front of first base.  The Outlaws turned two double plays in this game: a 1-2-3 with the bases loaded in the second inning and a 1-6-3 in the fourth inning.  I can't remember the last time they turned a double play.

This was the most exciting game I have seen the Outlaws play in a while.  They gave up four runs in the top of the first.  The Outlaws then scored one run in each of the first four innings to tie the score at 4 to 4 after four innings.

In the bottom of the fifth with one out, Josh doubled into left center.  With Jeremy running for Josh, Jordan hit a hard grounder to the shortstop.  The shortstop booted it; it was the Dawgs only fielding error in either of the games.  Breyton walked to load the bases.  After a fly out to left center made it two outs, James lifted one into left center to drive in a run; this turned out to be the game winning hit.  Greysen followed with another hit to drive in two more runs.

The Dawgs loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the sixth, but James made a shoetop catch in right field to end the game.

The Outlaws won the game by the score of 7 to 4 in six innings.  The box score is here.

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