Saturday, June 19, 2010

2010 Cal Ripken Pre-State Tournament Day 1

The next three weeks are going to include lots of baseball. The Laguna Youth Baseball 11U All Stars are scheduled to play in the pre-state tournament this weekend, a tournament at Mather next week and then the week long Northern California Tournament starting on July 2. The Outlaws played Woodland in the first game of the pre-state tournament.

At the plate, Jack was 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored and a RBI. In his first at-bat, Jack grounded a 1 and 2 pitch to the shortstop and was thrown out at first. Jack hit a 1 and 1 pitch down the first base line for a double in his second plate appearance. He went to third on Jeremy's grounder and error by the third baseman. He scored on a balk by the pitcher. In his third plate appearance, Jack drove a 0 and 1 pitch into right center for a single. He was thrown out trying to steal second.

In the field, Jack played five innings at third base and one inning in centerfield. He had one assist. Jack fielded a grounder and made a nice throw to first for the out. In the first inning, there was a soft pop-up between Jack at third and Niko on the mound. The ball ended up dropping between them. I did not charge either of them with an error.

The Outlaws scored one run in the third, one run in the fourth, two runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth to win by the score of 7 to 0.

In the second game of the day, the Outlaws played Buchanan. The Buchanan team is from Clovis and is a team that the Outlaws might only see in the regional tournament in Utah if they got that far...

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 3 with walk and the game winning RBI. In his first at-bat, Jack walked on five pitches. He went to second on a passed ball and to third on a walk to Breyton. He ended the inning at third base. Jack grounded a 1 and 1 pitch to the second baseman in his second plate appearance and was thrown out at first. In his third at-bat, Jack grounded a 1 and 1 pitch to the shortstop and was thrown out at first.

With the score tied 9 to 9 in the bottom of the fifth, Jack came to bat with Niko on second and James on third and one out. He blooped the first pitch in short right field. The right fielder made a nice attempt to make a running shoe top catch, but the ball bounced away. James scored what ended up being the game winning run from third. Jack went to second on the throw home. He went to third on ground out to the pitcher and ended the inning there.

Jack played four innings at third base and two innings at first base. He had three put-outs and one assist. In the top of the first, he made a great play on a slow roller up the third base line. He charged the ball, picked it clean, glanced at the runner going from second to third and threw a strike to first for the out. In the top of the second, he easily handled a high pop-up on the third base line for the out. At first, Jack had two put-outs on throws from the pitcher and third baseman.

As I have noted in the last couple of weeks, Jack has figured out that he can cover a lot more ground than he thought. In the second inning, Jack went far to his left in front of Niko for a grounder. He got to the ball, but as he was bringing the ball up, it came out of his glove. Talking to him about the play after the game, Jack actually said that going to his left for a grounder is his signature play!?!

The Outlaws starting pitcher walked two and gave up three hits to the first five batters. By the time the Outlaws got out of the top of the first, they were behind 4 to 0. Niko hit a three run homer in the bottom of the second to tie the score at 4 to 4.

In a seesaw battle, the Outlaws won the game by a score of 11 to 9. They ended the day seeded second out of nine teams and will play the Rohnert Park Red Team at noon on Sunday. The games on Sunday are single elimination.

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