Sunday, June 27, 2010
2010 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #5 Day #2
Seeded first after pool play on Saturday, the Outlaws were back at the Woodland Sports Park for single elimination play. It was hot. The temperature was more than 100 degrees. On the turf field, the temperature was probably above 115 degrees. I was worried the whole day that the boys were going to fall apart on the field and give up a big inning.
The Outlaws played the Sluggers in the first game of the day. It was an odd day at the plate for Jack; I think that the heat effected him as the day went along.
At the plate, Jack was 0 for 1, hit by a pitch twice and scored two runs. In the bottom of the first with the count 2 and 2, Jack was hit by a pitch. He stole second and third. After Jeremy was hit by pitch, Jeremy continued towards second drawing the throw. Jack raced home to score the first run of the game. Jack hit a grounder to the shortstop on the first pitch of his second plate appearance. He was thrown out at first. In the bottom of the fifth, Jack was hit by the first pitch of his third plate appearance. He went to second on Jeremy's fielder's choice and then scored on Josh's triple.
In the field, Jack played three innings at third base and three innings in left field. He had one put out and one assist. He fielded a grounder at third in the first inning and threw to first for the out. In the fourth, Jack handled a routine fly ball to left.
With solid pitching from Breyton and Jordan, the Outlaws won the game by the score of 6 to 4 and advanced to the championship game of the tournament.
The Outlaws played the Cobras in the championship game. The Outlaws had beaten the Cobras by a score of 7 to 2 on Saturday.
At the plate, Jack was 0 for 1 with a walk. In his first at-bat, Jack walked on five pitches. He stole second and went to third on a ground out. Jack was still at third when the inning ended. In his second plate appearance, Jack hit a 1 and 0 pitch hard back through the pitcher's mound. The pitcher made a nice play on the ball and threw Jack out at first.
Jack played six innings at third base. He had two assists and a put-out. Jack fielded two grounders and made throws to first for the outs. He also had a nice catch on a pop-up behind third base in foul territory for the out. In the top of the fifth, a slow roller was hit to the left side of the infield. Jack fielded the ball and made a throw which Breyton did not handle at first. I charged Jack with the error. Talking about it with Scott, Jack and Breyton at pizza, Scott thinks that I should have charged the error to Breyton.
With the score tied 2 to 2 in the bottom of the fifth, Jake got on base with a wild pitch dropped third strike to lead off the inning. Trevor put down a sacrifice bunt to move him to second. Greysen singled down the third base line. Jake went home and Greysen advanced to second on the throw.
I kept worrying that the Outlaws were going to melt down in the heat. In spite of Cobra runners reaching third in each of the last three innings, the Outlaws played solid defense and won the game by a final score of 3 to 2.
The Outlaws start the Northern California Cal Ripken Tournament on Friday night in Rohnert Park.
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