Tuesday, June 01, 2010

2010 LYB Major Angels TOC Game #1

The Angels played the first game of the Laguna Youth Baseball Major Tournament of Champions. They played the A's. They lost to the A's by the score of 4 to 2 on May 15 and beat them by the score of 17 to 3 on May 21. Trevor, James and Mak are on the A's and play with Jack on the Outlaws.

I am more than a little frustrated with Jack. He has set what I think is an unrealistic goal to hit a home run over the fence in one of the TOC games. I have not been able to talk him back off this ledge. Jack is putting a lot of pressure on himself and going after the ball very aggressively.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 3 with a double, a walk, two strike-outs, a RBI and a run scored. In the first at-bat, Jack struck out swinging on three straight curve balls. Niko and Greysen had both hit first pitch fast balls in front of him and the pitcher had no intention of throwing him a fast ball over the plate. Still trying to kill the ball, Jack struck out on a 3 and 2 count in his second plate appearance.

In his third at-bat, Jack crushed a 1 and 1 pitch off of James over the center fielder's head. The ball hit the fence about a foot below the rail. Jack motored into second, but was extremely upset that the ball did not clear the fence. His emotional state set off a catastrophic chain of events. Jack started baiting James by taking a large lead off second; James threw back four or five times to keep him close. On a wild pitch to Dominic, Jack went to third, but kept running. He tried to go all the way home. Jack got tagged out by James by a step. At the time, I was very angry with him. The Angels were only leading by the score of 5 to 2 in the top of the fifth and I felt like Jack's run was important.

Jack walked on five pitches in his fourth plate appearance to drive in a run. Successive walk to Dominic, Breyton and Anthony brought Jack home.

In the field, Jack played six innings at third. He made a nice catch on James' pop-up hit way behind third base in the third inning. Trevor was the next batter and hit a slow roller to the left side. Jack fielded the ball cleanly. Trevor is probably the second fastest player on the Outlaws. With Trevor racing up the line, Jack rushed the throw. He threw a one hopper that Breyton did a fantastic job digging. The field umpire called Trevor safe at first.

With the Angels leading 5 to 3 in the top of the fifth, they blew the game wide open. Sixteen batters came to the plate and the Angels scored 10 runs on 8 walks, 3 hits and 2 errors.

Angels won the game by the score of 15 to 4. The box score is here and the game log is here. The Tournament of Champions is double elimination. The Angels play the Red Sox on Friday night.

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