While Sharon and I were in Santa Barbara, Jack played with the Outlaws in the All World Halloween Scream Tournament at Bartholomew Sports Park in Elk Grove. This was a big 18 team tournament.
On Saturday, the Outlaws beat Stealth by the score of 5 to 2 in the first game. They then beat the Sonoma Stack by the score of 6 to 2 in the second game.
Seeded fourth out of the 18 teams after Saturday's pool play, they played the fifth seeded Northern California Thunder in the first elimination game. In a game that Jack pitched the first four innings, the Outlaws won by the score of 4 to 3.
In a game that Rod described as a triple stomach punch, the Outlaws lost to the first seeded Bulldogs in the second elimination game. Leading 4 to 3 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, the Outlaws center fielder lost the ball in the sun and allowed the tying runs to score. The next batter drilled one into the gap to win the game for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs went on to beat the Dirty Dozen by the score of 3 to 2 in the championship game.
As best as I can puzzle out talking to Jack, he was 5 for 12 with a sacrifice fly, two triples and 5 RBIs. For the first time in probably 15 months, he was the starting pitcher for a game. With Breyton out with a bee sting and Josh nursing a sore back, Jack started Sunday morning's elimination game. He threw 69 pitches over four innings and gave up 3 runs. One of the coaches said that it was the best they had ever seen his fast ball.
Jack has gotten a lot bigger and stronger over the last two years. I expect that he pitched well enough that he will start another game or two in the last two tournaments of the year in November. If he can pitch, it probably will help his chances of playing in high school. One of his second cousins who plays at Jesuit told Jack to tell them that he was a pitcher when he goes out for baseball.