Saturday, May 29, 2010

2010 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #4 Day #1

The next six weeks are going to include a lot of baseball. The Outlaws are playing in a tournament this weekend, the Angels start the rec league tournament of champions on Tuesday and LYB All-Star team will be playing in the pre-state tournament on the Father's day weekend and the state tournament on the Fourth of July weekend. Jack might play as many as 20 games in the next 40 days.

The Outlaws played two games on Saturday in the A Through Z Memorial Day Celebration Tournament. I scored both games using iScore on an iPad rather than using paper and pencil. Things did not get off to a good start. Sitting in the stands in the first inning, the iPad gave me an error that it was too hot and shut down. I moved into the shade, let the iPad cool down and got going again. At the end of the day, I was pretty pleased with the results.

The Outlaws played the Bay Area Showstoppers in the first game. At the plate, Jack was 0 for 1 with 2 walks, a run scored and a strike-out. In his first plate appearance, Jack walked on five pitches. He stole second and then went to third on Jordan's fielder's choice. Jack ended the inning at third. Jack struck out swinging on a 2 and 2 count in his second plate appearance. In his third at-bat, Jack walked on six pitches. He went to second trying to draw a throw from the pitcher and then scored on Jeremy's grounder to the shortstop when the shortstop overthrew first base.

In the field, Jack played five innings at first base. He had five put outs on throws from pitcher, second baseman and third baseman and a nice catch on a pop-up behind first base. Jack's strength as a first baseman has not been digging the ball out, but he had a couple of nice stops on Saturday. In the fifth inning, he got a throw from Jordan that was in the dirt to his right. Somehow Jack managed to block the throw with his chest as he was stretching, get the ball into his glove and tag the base with his foot. Jack also had an error on a throw from Cooper. It looked like he thought that the throw was going to be high and he jumped up, but then had the ball hit him in the chest and bounce off.

The Outlaws gave up four runs in the second inning on a couple of errors and four walks. They came back to score three runs in the bottom of the fourth. The game ended in a 5 to 5 tie.

The Outlaws played the Bulldogs in the second game. There are so many teams with the Bulldogs name that I am not sure if we have played this team before.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. In his first at-bat, Jack walked on four pitches. He stole second. Jack scored from second on Jeremy's double. Jack grounded a 3 and 2 pitch to the third baseman and was thrown out in his second plate appearance. Jack struck out swinging on a 2 and 2 pitch in his third at-bat. There was a lot of carping about the strike zone in this game; they felt like the strike zone was shifted 6 inches to the right on right handed batters and the umpire was calling strikes on pitches that were way off the plate.

In the field, Jack played five innings at first base. He had four put-outs on throws from the shortstop and second baseman. Jack had a nice dig on a throw from Jeremy at shortstop that was in the dirt.

The Outlaws pitcher hit three batters, walked two and committed a couple of errors in the second inning and the Outlaws gave up six runs. The Outlaws ended up losing the game by a score of 7 to 3.

The Outlaws ended the day with 1 tie and 1 loss. They play Hard 90 Pastime and Clayton Valley Rawhide on Sunday.

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