Saturday, October 30, 2010

2010 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #10 Day #1

The Outlaws played in the first day of the Super Series Halloween Scream baseball tournament at Mather. After last night's flag football play-off game and Jack's social event [more about this in a future post], I got Jack up at 6 a.m. and we were on the road to the ballpark by 6:30 a.m. It rained for about 5 minutes just before the first game started, but then never really rained again all morning.

The Outlaws played the Demons in the first game. They had beat the Demons by the score of 9 to 2 in an elimination game two weeks ago before the tournament was rained out.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. Jack has actually started to make good contact again, but is hitting the ball right at people. In his first at-bat, Jack crushed a 2 and 0 pitch into right field. Initially, I thought it was going to be over the right fielder's head, but he was playing very deep and made a very poised catch. Jack walked on four pitches in his second plate appearance. He stole second. Josh was walked to load the bases with no outs. With Breyton batting, there was a passed ball. Jeremy scored from third. Trying to get Jeremy, the catcher flipped the ball back over the pitcher's head towards the mound. No one was backing up the pitcher. Moving from second to third on the passed ball, Jack never slowed down. with the ball rolling near the pitcher's mound, Jack scored standing up without a play. Jack struck out looking on a 3 and 2 pitch that was outside and pretty far off the plate.

In the field, Jack played three innings at third and three innings in left field. In the first inning, Jack took a throw from Trevor to tag out a runner trying to steal third. In the fourth inning with Jack in left field and the bases loaded, a line drive was hit down the third base line. Jack did not get the best jump on it. He leaped at the last second and just missed the ball. Two runs scored. Jack threw to Jeremy as the cut-off and Jeremy threw home to get a runner out.

Leading 3 to 1 going into the bottom of the sixth, the Outlaws gave up three runs and lost the game by the score of 4 to 3.

The Outlaws played Oorah Baseball in the second game of the day. They had beat Oorah by the score of 6 to 5 four weeks ago.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 2 with a walk and two RBIs. In his first at-bat, Jack walked on four pages. He stole second, but ended the inning there. In the third inning, Jack came to bat with the bases loaded and two out. He drove a 0 and 1 pitch up the middle for a single and two RBIs! Jack stole second and went to third on a passed ball, but ended the inning at third. Jack lined a 3 and 1 pitch hard right at the second baseman in his third plate appearance.

In the field, Jack played five innings at third and one inning at first. He had two put-outs and two assists. In the first and third innings, Jack fielded grounders to the left side and threw the runner out at first. In the sixth inning playing first base, he had put-outs on throws from the pitcher and third baseman. Jack made a nice dig on the one hopper from Jordan for the last out of the game.

The Outlaws won the game by the score of 6 to 2. They finished the day with 1 win and 1 loss and were seeded sixth out of the twelve teams in the tournament. The Outlaws will be back at Mather for an 8 a.m. game against the Folsom Flames on Sunday morning.

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