Sunday, April 22, 2012
2012 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #5 Day #2
Back at Consumes Oaks High School, the Outlaws played the second day of a 14U All World Sports Tournament. They played the Albany Gators.
It has been an odd spring for Jack. He played basketball in January and February while the Outlaws had three tournaments. He played in some of those games. Jack missed a scrimmage for his confirmation retreat and then a tournament for our spring training trip. He then missed the first day of the last tournament taking the Jesuit Placement tests. Added to all of this, Jack is playing on the SEAS golf team and is manic about qualifying for one of the matches and the TOC. As a result, I don't feel like he has ever gotten in the groove this spring.
Jack started to look better at the plate on Sunday. In the first game, he was 1 for 4 with a run scored. In his first at-bat, Jack hit a 3 and 0 pitch for a fly ball right at the left fielder for an out. He had a very good at-bat in his second plate appearance. Running the count to 2 and 2, Jack fouled off a pitch and then looped a hit into right center. He stole second and then scored the Outlaws first run on Chance's single to center. In both his third and fourth at-bat, Jack hit 1 and 1 pitches into right and left center for outs. He made good contact in all four plate appearances.
In the field, Jack played seven innings at third base. He one put-outs and two assists. Jack made a nice play on a foul pop-up. I love watching him play third base. Jack looks very comfortable on the larger field.
With seven different Outlaws collecting a hit, the Outlaws beat the Gators by the score of 6 to 1. The box score is here. Personally, I felt much better about the team after the game...
Until the next game... The Outlaws turned around and played the West Coast Ballers. The Ballers eventually won the tournament.
One of the problems for the weekend is that the Outlaws were short two of their top pitchers. Josh got a deep bruise in the AAU games last weekend and was very limited in his mobility. Joe was MIA.
At the plate, Jack continued to make good contact, but was 0 for 2. In his first at-bat, he grounded a 1 and 0 pitch back to the pitcher and was thrown out at first. Jack hit a 2 and 0 pitch into right center for an out in his second plate appearance.
In the field, Jack played two innings at third, pitched 2 2/3 innings and played 1/3 of an inning at first. He had one assist. Jack had his longest outing at pitcher since last October. He threw 60 pitches: 32 balls and 28 strikes. Jack had trouble finding the strike zone; he walked four batters and hit two more. With a number of errors behind him, Jack gave up nine runs, but only two of the runs were earned. The Outlaws play at shortstop for the weekend was not their strength.
The Outlaws got hammered by the score of 15 to 1. They eked out only two hits: one by Chance and one by Bailey. The box score is here.
Although they got blown out in two of the four games over the weekend, I never felt like the Outlaws were overpowered. The Outlaws have three tournaments in May. I am hoping to see them continue to play 14Us. Although given their pitching depth they are likely to get blown out of some games, I feel like they need to be on the bigger field to get ready for high school.