Wednesday, June 09, 2010

2010 LYB Majors Angels TOC Game #6

The Angels played the sixth game of the Laguna Youth Baseball Major Tournament of Champions. They played the Marlins. The Angels had beaten the Marlins by the score of 5 to 1 in May and lost to the Marlin by score of 6 to 2 in 8 innings on Monday in the fourth game of the TOC.

At bat, Jack was 2 for 2 with a walk. In his first at-bat against Bolton, Jack walked on five pitches. Jack stole second. With Niko on third and Jack on second and one out, Dominic struck out and Ben popped up to end the inning. In his second plate appearance, Jack drove a 1 and 1 pitch into right center off Pat for a single. Wesley who played with Jack on the LYB 10U All Star team last year and on the flag football team last fall was playing centerfield and made a great attempt to get to the ball. Jack stole second and went to third on Dominic's single. He ended the inning at third base. In his third at-bat against Geno, Jack hit a 0 and 2 pitch into right field for single. He went to second on a wild pitch, but ended the inning there.

As I have said about the last few games, I think that last couple of weeks is the best that I have ever seen Jack play defensively. He played five innings at third base. He had two put-outs and three assists. In the third inning, he handled a grounder to the left side and made a nice throw to first for the out. In the fourth inning with runners on first and second with one out, the Marlins' clean-up hitter (Bolton) came to the plate. Bolton hit a shot right at Jack's feet. It took Jack a second to find the handle, but he collected the ball and stepped on third for the second out. On the way home in the car, Jack claimed that ball was hit so hard that you could still see the threads of the ball embossed on the glove. On the next pitch, Pat tried to steal third. Niko threw a strike to Jack covering third and Jack tagged Pat out to end the inning. In both the fifth and sixth innings, Jack handled ground balls to the left side and made throws to second to get the lead runner and as Scott said "kill the big inning."

With Anthony and Cobie on base, Breyton crushed a double to left field off of Matthew for two RBIs. It was an extremely windy day. I think that if the wind had not been blowing in from the outfield that Breyton's hit might have been out for a home run.

The Angels won the game by the score of 3 to 0. The box score is here and the game log is here.

The Angels and Marlins now each have one loss in the double elimination Tournament of Champions. They will play the rubber match tomorrow night to determine the Major division championship.

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