Sunday, November 14, 2010

2010 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #11 Day #2

The Outlaws were back at Mather for the second day of the Super Series Veterans Tournament. They played the Athletic Edge, a 11U team from Petaluma.

Scott and I were talking before the game about how the Outlaws can't seem to get the timely hit. Unfortunately, this trend continued.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 3 with a strike-out looking. In his first at-bat, he drove a 2 and 2 pitch up the middle. The shortstop made a nice play behind second base and threw Jack out at first. Jack lined a 0 and 1 pitch in right center in his second plate appearance. When the ball came off the bat, I was sure that it was going to be a single. The ball hung and the right fielder made a nice running catch for the out. Jack struck out looking on 1 and 2 pitch in his last at-bat. It was a horrible call; the pitch was literally under his nose.

In the field, Jack played seven innings at third base. I feel like he is playing extremely well at third base. Jack had two assists and one put-out. He made nice plays on two soft grounders hit in front of him. Jack charged the ball and threw the runners out at first. He had a put-out on a soft pop-up in front of him that he was just able to get his glove under.

In the bottom of the third with two outs and runners on second and third, the Athletic Edge batter hit a line drive into short right. The batter was a slow runner. The Outlaws right fielder did not make the throw to first which would have gotten the runner, ended the inning and prevented a run from scoring. This was particularly frustrating to me because Jack got thrown out on the same play on Saturday.

The Outlaws tied the score in the top of the sixth at 1 to 1. In extra innings, this tournament uses tiebreaker rules where the last out starts the inning at second base. The Outlaws runner promptly got picked off second. One out later, Josh doubled into centerfield. The Outlaws were unable to advance him.

In the bottom of the seventh, Athletic Edge was able to advance their tiebreaker runner home on two bunts and win the game by the score of 2 to 1. Four of the last five Outlaws' losses have been by one run.

Athletic Edge went on to beat the Hitmen to win the tournament.

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