Sunday, October 31, 2010

HOME RUN! [2010 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #10 Day #2]

The Outlaws were back at the Mather Sports Complex for the second day of the Super Series Halloween Scream Tournament. Jack and I were out of the house at 6:30 a.m. for an 8:00 a.m. game. The Outlaws were seeded sixth and played the third seeded Folsom Flames.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 3 with a run scored. In his first at-bat, he hit a 3 and 1 pitch for a hard fly ball right at the center fielder for an out. Jack grounded the first pitch to the third baseman and was thrown out at first in his second plate appearance.

In the top of the six inning with the score tied 1 to 1, Jack led off the inning by hitting a 1 and 2 pitch down the third baseline for a single. He stole second and third. Breyton and Trevor drew walks to load the bases with no outs. Ian hit a 3 and 1 pitch over the left fielder's head for a grand slam!

In the field, Jack played first base for three innings and third base for three innings. He had two put-outs and one assist. At first base, Jack had put-outs on throws from shortstop and second baseman. At third base, Jack fielded one grounder cleanly and threw the runner out at first.

On the strength of Ian's grand slam, the Outlaws won the game by the score of 5 to 1. They advanced to the semi-final game of the tournament against the Sluggers. The Outlaws beat the Slugger by the score of 6 to 4 when they won the tournament in Woodland in June.

Jack struggled with the strike zone in the last two games of the day. Jack is very selective at the plate; he rarely swings at a bad pitch. With the umpires were calling a very large strike zone, this worked against him.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 2 with two strike-outs looking. He struck out looking twice on 1 and 2 counts on outside pitches.

In the field, Jack played four innings at first base. He had five put-outs. Jack had four put-outs on throws from the shortstop and second baseman. In the first inning, he made a great diving stop on a hard grounder hit to his right; Jack popped back up and raced to first base for the out.

Jack left the game in the fourth inning to go and play in the semi-final flag football game with the SEAs Eagles.

With Josh pitching a complete game, the Outlaws beat the Sluggers by the score of 4 to 3. They advanced to the championship game against the Diamond Dawgs.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 2 with a home run. In his first at-bat, he struck out looking on a 1 and 2 outside pitch. Jack crushed a 1 and 1 pitch into right field in his second plate appearance. The ball skipped all the way to the right field fence. Jack raced home standing up for a home run!

In the field, Jack played three innings at third base and two innings in left field. He had one put-out and one assist. In the first inning with a runner on third, Jack fielded a grounder to the left side and threw home to Trevor for the out. Trevor did a nice job of holding on to the ball and tagging out the runner as he was bowled over.

The Outlaws starting pitcher got tagged for seven earned runs and the Outlaws lost the game by the score of 10 to 2. For the second time this fall, the Outlaws finished second in a Super Series tournament.

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