Saturday, July 30, 2011

GW RBI! [2011 USTSA World Series Day 5]

First, the game... Seeded 9th out of 18 teams after the pool games, the Outlaws played the 8th seeded Diamond Dogs in a late afternoon elimination game starting at 5 p.m. The Diamond Dogs are from Diamond Bar in Southern California near Pomona. This turned into one of the longest hard fought baseball games that Jack has played in the last three years of playing tournament baseball.

At the plate, Jack was 2 for 5 with a run scored and the game winning RBI. He also reached on an error and a fielders choice. In his first at bat, Jack struck out looking on three pitches. He hit a 2 and 2 pitch for a hard grounder to the right side in his second plate appearance. The first baseman could not find the handle and Jack out raced the pitcher to the bag. He stole second. After Josh walked, Breyton doubled to drive in both Jack and Chris who was running for Josh. These two runs tied the score at 3 to 3 in the top of the fourth.

Jack had a great third at bat. With the count 2 and 2, he fouled off 4 pitches before hitting a nasty chopper to the left side of the infield. Jack was safe at first. He went to second on a balk, but ended the inning there when Josh struck out.

With the scored still tied 3 to 3 in the top of seventh and Trevor on third and Jeremy on second with one out, Jack hit a sharp grounder to the left side in his fourth plate appearance. The shortstop tried to throw to third to get Trevor, but everyone was safe. I scored this as a fielders choice. Unfortunately, the Outlaws were unable to get the run across. Josh flied out to right and Breyton popped up to first base to end the inning. Jack came off the field muttering to himself about how much he and Coach Boyle have practiced hitting in that situation (runner on third with the infield drawn in) and how he did not get it done.

Jack got a second chance. The score was still tied 3 to 3 in the top of the ninth. With Trevor on third and Jeremy on second and no outs, Jack drove a 2 and 0 pitch into right for what turned out to be the game winning RBI! Jack stole second. With Jeremy on third and Jack on second, Josh hit a line drive to right center. Jeremy scored an insurance run. Coach Scott waved Jack home, but he was thrown out at the plate. The Outlaws added one more insurance run when Chris running for Josh scored on Jordan's infield error.

In the field, Jack played 9 innings at third base! He had two put-outs and two assists. Jack caught a pop-up to the left side and handled two grounders cleanly and made the throw to first for the out. In the bottom of the seventh with one out and a runner on second, Jeremy handled a grounder to the left side and threw to Jack to get the runner trying to advance to third.

In a 2 hour and 50 minute 9 inning game, the Outlaws prevailed by the score of 6 to 3. The box score is here.

It is important to remember that at this age the boys play a 1 hour and 50 minute 6 inning game. As a result, it was like playing another half a game.

It was almost 8 p.m. by the time the game ended. With the win, the Outlaws advanced to play the #1 seeded So Cal Cavs on Sunday morning.

Now for the rest of the day... After a long and late Friday [tournament game, beach and Padres game], Sharon and Jack slept late. I ran 6 miles on the treadmill.

We had a late breakfast at the hotel and then headed out to Cabrillo National Monument. A friend of Sharon's [Paul] died in 2006 and his ashes were spread off Point Loma. It was a very unusual spot. The point is higher than I expected with a great view of the bay and the city.

Afterwards, we drove into Old Town San Diego State Park for a late lunch. We had Mexican food at the Patio Restaurant. I had a chance to wander around for about 15 minutes looking for a couple of waymarks.

From there, we headed back to the hotel and then out to the game. After the game, we finished the day with a very late team dinner at Chili's. It was an adventure trying to get everyone to the same restaurant after the game. With the win and the chance to play on Sunday, the boys and the parents were in a great mood.

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