Back at Mather for the second day of the Northern California Travel Ball Cinco de Mayo tournament, the Outlaws played the 14u Patriots. The game was played on the blue field with artificial turf. The Outlaws were seeded fourth while the Patriots were seeded fifth.
This was one of those games that was painful to watch. The wheels came off early and the Outlaws were effectively out of the game.
At the plate, Jack was 1 for 2. In his first at-bat, he hit a 0 and 1 pitch for a hard grounder down the third base line. The third baseman had trouble with it. When he finally did get the ball corralled, the third baseman threw a one hopper to first baseman. I was sure that Jack was safe, but he was called out... He smoked a 0 and 1 pitch for a hard grounder up the middle for a single in his second plate appearance. He was out at second on a tailor made double play ball (4-6-3) that Josh hit to second to end the inning.
In the field, Jack played five innings at third. He had an error, one put-out and two assists. Jack handled two grounders to the left side including a tough one right down the third base line and threw the runners out at first. In the third inning, Jack charged a slower roller to his left and then airmailed the ball over Josh's head for an error. On the next play, he handled a grounder to the left side and tagged out a runner trying to go from second to third to end the inning without the Outlaws giving up a run.
I hate scoring a game like this. In the first two innings, there were three balls hit to the outfield that looked from my angle behind home plate as if they should have been caught. I scored two of the three as errors, but probably should have scored all three as errors. With this change, the Outlaws would have committed six errors. It also means that all eight of the runs were unearned. The Outlaws lost the game by the score of 8 to 0. The box score is here.
The Patriots went on to beat the Black Barons and the Bombers to win the tournament. The Outlaws are going to drop back down to 13u for the next tournaments and will finish the year with a tournament in Omaha during the College World Series.