Sunday, October 03, 2010

2010 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #8 Day #2


The Outlaws were back at the Mather Sports Complex to play the Hitmen at 10:00 a.m. in the first elimination game. Jack had the stomach flu and diarrhea overnight so he stayed home for the first game.

Trailing 8 to 7 in the bottom of the sixth, the Outlaws scored two runs to win the game by the score of 9 to 8. Greysen was hit by a pitch and Cooper walked. Greysen scored on a passed ball to tie the score. Ian hit a double to right center to drive Cooper in and win the game. Giving up five errors, the Outlaws were lucky to escape with the win.

After the winning the first game, I called Sharon and she brought Jack came for the second elimination game. The Outlaws played Ooarh Baseball in the second elimination game of the day. The Outlaws scrimmaged against Oorah Baseball a couple of weeks ago. It appears that Oorah Baseball has several teams and I am not sure that the Outlaws played this same squad.

With the score tied 5 to 5 in the bottom of the sixth, Jullian walked. Greysen bunted for a single to the left side. Jullian rounded second and headed for third. Looking at third, I realized that the catcher, third baseman and pitcher had all chased after the bunt so that there was no one covering third. Jullian rounded third and headed for home. At this point, there was no one covering home. Jullian was able to outrun everyone to home plate and scored the winning run; Outlaws 6, Oorah 5. Jack entered the game only as a courtesy runner for Josh.

The Outlaws played the Lamorinda Diablos in the tournament championship game. The Gunners played Lamorinda two years ago.

In a promising development, Jack hit the ball hard twice. He was 0 for 2 with two walks and a run scored. In his first at-bat, Jack hit a 2 and 2 pitch hard into straight away center for an out. He ran the count to 3 and 2, fouled off a pitch and then drew a walk in his second plate appearance. Jack went to second on Jullian's walk, to third on a passed ball and scored on Greysen's single. In his third at-bat, Jack walked on four pitches. He went to second on Jullian's ground out and to third on Greysen's single, but was forced out at home on Cooper's fielder's choice. Jack hit a 2 and 0 pitch for a hard line drive up the middle in his fourth plate appearance. I was sure that it was going to be a hit, but the shortstop made a nice leaping grab to spear the ball for an out.

In the field, Jack played five innings at third and one inning in left field. He had one assist at third. Jack handled a soft grounder to the left side and threw the runner out at first.

With the game tied 1 to 1 in the top of the third, the Outlaws ran out of pitching. The Outlaws pitchers walked 7 batters and gave up 10 runs. With both teams running out of pitchers, the Outlaws lost to Lamorinda by the score of 17 to 9 in a 2 hours and 20 minute adventure.

After a spending more than 9 1/2 hours at the ball park, everyone was beat, but felt satisfied with the results of the weekend. The Outlaws really need another strong pitcher. I would love to see the Outlaws get Niko back from Hard90!

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