Saturday, July 28, 2012

2012 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #10 Day #1

The Outlaws will be spending the weekend playing in the All World Sports Golden Woody Tournament at the Sacramento Softball Complex. This is a wooden bat tournament with a bunch of goofy rules, including running the bases in the opposite direction in the 2nd and 4th inning, starting with a one ball and one strike count and "do overs."

The Outlaws played the FEBA Rams in the first game. The Outlaws had played the FEBA Eagles--a 14u team--earlier this year, but have not faced the Rams.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 3. Jack is a very patient hitter who under normal conditions will get himself in trouble by taking borderline pitches. Starting with a 1 and 1 count made it even more difficult. In his first at-bat, he looked at the first pitch which was called for a strike and he was immediately behind 1 and 2. Jack swung at the next pitch and was out on strikes; he had seen two pitches. Jack ran the count to 2 and 2, fouled off two pitches and then hit a grounder to the left side in his second plate appearance. This was the fourth inning so Jack was supposed to run to third although he took a couple of steps towards first. The shortstop threw to the third baseman for the out. In his third at-bat, Jack grounded a 3 and 2 pitch to the right side and was thrown out at first by the second baseman.

In the field, Jack played six innings at third base. He had three put-outs. In the second inning, the pitcher handled a grounder back to the mound and threw to Jack at third for the out. In the fourth inning, Jack handled two grounders to the left side and tagged third for the out.

Looking flat, the Outlaws only managed three hits. Chris Clegg hit a two run homer that the Rams erased with a "do over." The Outlaws lost the game by the score of 5 to 3. The box score is here.

The Outlaws played the Tribe in the second game of the day. This is a team that they beat up earlier this year.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 1 with a double, a walk, a run scored and two RBIs. In his first at-bat, Jack fell behind 1 and 2. He then fouled off three pitches. Jack took the 7th pitch for a ball to run the count to 2 and 2. He drove the eighth pitch to right field. When he hit it, I thought that it was going to be over the short fence, but it ended up as a ground rule double. Niko had walked to start the inning and scored from second. Jack went to third on an error on Breyton's infield grounder and then scored on Josh's fielder's choice. With the bases loaded, Jack walked in his second plate appearance to drive in a run. He went to second on an error by the pitcher and to third when Bailey walked, but ended the inning there.

In the field, Jack played three innings at third and an inning at shortstop. Complaining about the quality of the dirt infield, he had an error on a ground ball hit to the left side when he was at third base.

With Breyton striking out nine batters in the first three innings and Trevor scoring twice wearing the pink jersey, the Outlaws rolled to a 10 to 0 win in four innings. The Outlaws won even though they only had two hits! The box score is here.

The Outlaws finished the day seeded eighth out of fifteen teams. Only the top six teams will advance to the play-offs on Sunday afternoon.

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