The Angels played their sixteenth and last game of the 2010 Laguna Youth Baseball Major regular season. They played the Blue Jays. The Angels beat the Blue Jays by the score of 9 to 2 about three weeks ago. There are lots of connections between these two teams; each team has four players that have played together on the Gunners and Outlaws tournament teams over the last two years.
At the plate, Jack was 1 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and 2 RBIs. In his first at-bat against Josh, he hit a 1 and 2 pitch back to Josh and was thrown out at first. With Zach at third and Greysen at second and one out, Jack hit the first pitch back up the middle in his second plate appearance. The ball caromed off of Josh's leg into left field. Two runners scored. In his third plate appearance, Jack hit a 2 and 2 pitch off Jeremy deep into right center for an out. Batting against Cooper in his fourth at-bat, Jack fell behind 0 and 2. He fouled off the third pitch and then took four straight balls to draw the walk. Jack scored from first on Dominic's single.
In the field, Jack played four innings at third base and two innings at first base. This is probably the most uneven game that I have seen Jack play in the field during the rec season. In the first inning, Cobie made a great throw to Jack at third that would have gotten Jeremy trying to steal, but Jack could not hold on to the ball as he tried to make the tag. Fortunately, it did not cost them a run. On the next pitch, Jack made a nice play ranging to his left to field a grounder and make the throw to first for the third out of the inning. In the sixth inning, Jack handled a throw from the pitcher for a routine out at first. The bottom fell out in the seventh innning. On a dropped third strike, Dominic made a throw to first that Jack probably should have been able to handle, but did not; the runner was safe. Two batters later, Jack did not handle a throw from third and the runner was safe at first. These two errors allowed two unearned runs that ended up being the difference in the game.
Not to make excuses, but Jack was sick and missed the Outlaws Clinic on Sunday and school on Monday. He is still not 100%.
It was a tight exciting game. With the score tied 5 to 5 at the end of sixth innings, the teams played a seventh inning. The Blue Jays scored 4 runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 9 to 5. The Angels came back in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Niko singled. Niko scored on an infield error by Jordan that allowed Greysen to be safe at first. Jack walked and Dominic singled to score Greysen and Jack. Ben hit a grounder to short and was safe on an error by Jeremy. With the Angels trailing 9 to 8 and with runners at first and third, Breyton hit a grounder to Jeremy at short and was thrown out by a step or two to end the game.
With the Angels making 6 errors (the most of the season), they lost to the Blue Jays by the score of 9 to 8 in seven innings. The box score is here and the game log is here. The Angels ended the regular season with 13 wins and 3 losses.
The tournament of champions starts on Tuesday, June 1. The tournament is double elimination. Due to my experience with the PAL JV basketball play-offs this year and the Angels draw in the tournament, I am not particularly optimistic.
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