Monday, July 05, 2010

2010 Cal Ripken 11U Northern California Tournament Day #2

Back at Rohnert Park for the second day of the Northern California Cal Ripken Tournament, Laguna played Oakland. Laguna lost to Oakland in last year's tournament by a score of 6 to 3.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 2 with two walks, hit by a pitch and reached on an error. In his first at-bat, Jack walked on four pitches. He stole second. Jack tried to score on Josh's single to right, but was thrown out at the plate. Jack walked on five pitches in his second plate appearance. He went to second on Josh's walk. The inning ended on Greysen's fielder's choice. In his third at-bat, Jack hit a fly ball to right on the first pitch for an out. Jack was hit by a pitch in his fourth plate appearance. He stole second and went to third when Josh walked to load the bases. The inning ended on Breyton's fielder's choice. in his fifth at-bat, Jack hit a 1 and 0 pitch for a hard grounder to the left side. It went through the shortstop's legs for an error. Jack was forced out at second on Jeremy's double play ball to end the game.

In the field, Jack played eight innings at third base. He had one assist and one error. In the seventh inning, Jack handled a high chopper to the left side and threw the runner out at first. In the top of the eight with two outs, Jack stopped a grounder on the left side. Looking briefly at the runner going from second to third, he lost the handle. When he got hold of the ball, he rushed his throw to first. It sailed high and the runner was safe. I charged Jack with an error. Unfortunately, this error allowed the game winning run to score.

Leading 4 to 0 in the top of the sixth, Laguna gave up three singles and committed three errors to allow Oakland to tie the game. Oakland went on to win by the score of 5 to 4 in eight innings. This is Laguna's first loss of the tournament. They will play Concord tomorrow night in the loser's bracket.

I have probably watched Jack play 130 baseball games, 30 basketball games and 20 football games in the last two years. This was the most gut-wretching loss I have seen. As a parent, it is hard not to get invested in the games. This loss had the biggest emotional impact on me of any of these games.

Tomasin stopped by the game for a few innings. Although I was very distracted scoring and by the events of the top of the sixth inning, it was nice to see him.

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