Sunday, September 19, 2010

2010 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #7 Day #2

After losing both games on Saturday, the Outlaws had to come back and play at Big League Dreams at 8:00 a.m. This translates to getting Jack up at about 5:45 a.m. and leaving the house at 6:10 a.m. to be at the ball park by 7:00 a.m. for warm-ups.

The Outlaws played the NorCal Grizzles. The Grizzles had also lost both of their games on Saturday.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 3 with a run scored and hit by a pitch. In his first at-bat, Jack drove a 1 and 1 pitch into right center for a single. He went to second on a throwing error by the pitcher, to third on a ground out by Jeremy and scored on Josh's double into right center. Jack was hit by a 0 and 1 pitch in his second plate appearance. He stole second, but the inning ended with him on second. In his third at-bat, Jack hit a high fly ball on the first pitch into right field for an out. He hit it very hard, but just got under it. Jack hit another high fly ball into left center in his fourth plate appearance on a 1 and 0 count. The center fielder came over to make a nice play for the out.

In the field, Jack sat out the first inning, played third base for 3 innings and then pitched 1 2/3 innings. At third, he had a put-out, an assist and an error. On a slow roller past the pitcher in the fourth inning, Jack fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw was down the line from first base. The ball and the runner got there at the same time. The first baseman and the runner went down in a heap and the runner was safe. I charged Jack with an error. Two batters later with runners on first and second, a ball was hit hard down the third base line. Jack knocked the ball down, found the handle and stepped on third for the out. He then made an acrobatic throw to first for a double play to end the inning. As one of the parents has said to me in the past, Jack seems to make the easy plays look hard and the hard plays look easy.

Jack pitched the 5th inning and 2/3s of the 6th inning. This is the first time that Jack has pitched in a tournament since the Outlaws first tournament ever in early September of 2009. Additionally, he really has not worked on his pitching in practice. The results were somewhat predictable; he was very wild. In 1 2/3's innings, Jack threw 42 pitches, 23 balls and 19 strikes. He walked five batters and gave up two soft hits. Jack would have gotten out of the 6th except for some confusion by the shortstop and second baseman on who was covering second on a come backer to the box that lead to an error.

In an adventure, the Outlaws escaped with a win by the score of 10 to 9.

For the weekend, the Outlaws had 9 errors and 12 unearned runs! They played very sloppy baseball. I have spent a lot of time over the last day thinking about why there were so many errors...

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