Saturday, April 21, 2012

2012 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #5 Day #1

The Outlaws played in an All World Sports tournament at Consumes Oaks High School in Elk Grove. A number of people, myself included, pushed the idea that the Outlaws should play up on 90 bases against 14U teams in the second half of the spring season to get ready for high school. The Outlaws are all 13 years olds with one 11 year old. Although they have played some 14U AAU games, this was their first 14U tournament. The Outlaws played the FEBA Eagles in the first game.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 2. In his first at-bat, he struck out swinging on a 1 and 2 curve ball. After Trevor reached base on an error, Jack grounded a 1 and 1 pitch into a 4-6-3 double play in his second plate appearance. The Outlaws got only one hit in the game; an infield single to the left side by Cooper.

In the field, Jack played four innings at third base and one inning at first base. He had three put-outs, three assists and one error. I charged him with an error on a slower roller to the left of the mound. There was some indecision on whether he, Greysen or Cooper were going to field the ball. Jack eventually gloved it, but rushed the throw and airmailed it over Josh's head. He played a couple of nice plays at third. In the third, Jack handled a grounder to the right side and threw the runner out at first. With a runner trying to advance from second to third, Josh threw back to Jack who tagged out the runner to end the inning. In the fourth, Jack fielded a grounder to the left side, caught the runner off second and threw to Trevor who applied the tag.

Committing four errors and having a bushel of balls drop in front of the outfielders, the Outlaws lost the game by the score of 10 to 1. The box score is here. The Eagles outfielders were playing really shallow, while the Outlaws outfielders were playing deep.

The Outlaws played Mud Hens Baseball in the second game. The Mud Hens only had seven players and ended up forfeiting the game. The Outlaws gave them a couple of players and played a practice game. The practice didn't go any better than the first game of the day.

At the plate, Jack reached base twice. He walked and was hit by a pitch. The Outlaws managed only one hit in this game; a ground ball by Johnny.

In the field, Jack played first, third and pitched 1/3 of an inning. He struggled on the mound and had a hard time getting the ball down and finding the strike zone.

Essentially, the Outlaws lost the game by the score of 9 to 1. The box score is here.

No one finished the day feeling very good about the Outlaws efforts. I didn't feel that the team was overmatched as much as the scores would indicate. The Outlaws just did not execute at all.

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