Sunday, April 01, 2012
2012 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #4 Day #2
Jack played with the Outlaws in the second day of the All World Wild Wild West Jackpot Tournament at the Golden Eagles Sports Complex in Sparks, Nevada. With his confirmation retreat and our spring training trip in March, Jack missed a scrimmage in El Dorado Hills and a tournament at Manteca. As a result, he has not faced live pitching since February 26. With a few snow flurries before the game, the Outlaws played the Reno Hurricane Orange at 8 a.m.
At the plate, Jack looked rusty. He was 0 for 2 with a walk, a run scored and two strike-outs. In his first at-bat, Jack walked on six pitches. He stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Jack and Josh scored on Jordan's single to right. He struck out swinging on three pitches in his second plate appearance. In his third at-bat, Jack struck out swinging on a 3 and 2 pitch.
In the field, Jack played five innings at third base. He had one assist and one put-out. In the fourth inning, Jack took a throw from Jordan at catcher and tagged out the runner leading off third. Jack handled a grounder down the third base line in the fifth inning and threw the runner out at first.
On a very cold morning, the Outlaws jumped on the Hurricanes for six runs in the bottom of the first and won the game by the score of 10 to 2 in five innings. The box score is here.
After a two hour break, the Outlaws played the Reno Hurricanes. This is their "B" team.
At the plate, Jack was 1 for 2 with a strike-out, a walk and an RBI. In his first at-bat, he walked on four pitches. Jack went to second on defensive indifference. With one out and Jack running, Josh lined out to the pitcher and Jack was doubled off second. Jack struck out swinging on a 1 and 2 pitch in his second plate appearance. This was a terrible call; the catcher appealed to the umpire between the pitcher on a checked swing. There is no way that the umpire was in position to overrule the call. In his third at-bat, Jack ran the count to 2 and 2, fouled off a pitch, took a ball, fouled off another pitch and then hit a hard line drive into center field to score Joe. He went to second on the throw to the plate. Jack went to third on Josh's ground out and ended the inning there.
In field, Jack played five innings at third base. He had two assists and two put-outs. Jack fielded a bunt and a grounder to the left side and threw the runners out at first. Trevor threw out a runner trying to steal third with Jack applying the tag. In the fourth inning, the batter hit a hard fly ball to right center. Trying to stretch the hit into triple, Chris fielded the ball at the fence and it threw to cut-off, Joe winged it to Jack and Jack tagged the batter out at third.
The Outlaws scored 13 runs in the first four innings to win the game by the score of 13 to 2. The box score is here.
With the win, the Outlaws were the #1 seed in the tournament. With the Storm and the Hurricanes Orange battling for the #2 seed in the afternoon, the Storm allowed too many runs and the Hurricanes Orange slipped into the championship game against the Outlaws at 4:45 p.m.
The Hurricanes Orange started a little left hander who effectively worked the outside of the plate. He struck out 6 of the first 12 batters that he faced.
At the plate, Jack was 2 for 3 with a strike-out, two runs scored, two RBIs and a home run. In his first at-bat, he struck out on swinging on a 3 and 2 count.
With the Outlaws trailing 2 to 0 in the bottom of the fourth with one out and Joe on third, Jack grounded a 2 and 2 pitch to the right side. The second baseman was able to make a diving stop going to his right, but Jack was safe at first and Joe scored for the RBI.
With two out, Jack came up a second time in the bottom of the fourth. He crushed a 2 and 2 pitch for a line drive into right center. On the artificial turf, the ball rolled all the way to the fence. Even though Jack got tangled up with the third baseman, he was able to motor all way for an inside the park home run!
Jack played five innings at third base. He had one assist on a grounder to the left side and the throw to first for the out.
The Outlaws chased the left hander and abused two others pitchers in the bottom of the fourth. They ended up scoring 10 runs. The Outlaws won the championship game by the score of 10 to 2. The box score is here.