Saturday, July 21, 2012

2012 Outlaws Baseball versus Elk Grove Titans

Jack pitching against the Titans

The Outlaws played a double header against the Elk Grove Titans at Case Park. One of the Outlaws coaches said that this team was the remnants of the Bulls team that we have seen in tournaments over the last couple of years.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 3 with a double and a RBI in the first game. In his first at-bat, he struck out swinging on a low outside 3 and 2 pitch. Jack struck out again in his second plate appearance on a high 1 and 2 pitch. Given that he has only swung a bat twice in the cage in the last five weeks, this was probably not surprising.

In his third at-bat, Jack crushed a 2 and 0 pitch into left center for a double and an RBI. Trevor scored from second. He stole third, but ended the inning there.

In the field, Jack played four innings at third and three innings in center field. In one of those odd games, the ball only came close to him once. Jack made a long run on a soft fly ball to short left center. He made a diving attempt, but couldn't get his glove on the ball.

Looking very flat, the Outlaws lost the game by the score of 4 to 2.

After a 20 minute break, the two teams turned around and played a second game.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 3. In his first at-bat, he lined the first pitch hard right at the first baseman for an out. Jack crushed a 0 and 1 pitch in his second plate appearance. I was sure that it was a hit when it left the bat. Unfortunately, it was hit right at the center fielder... In his third at-bat, he hit a soft infield fly ball off the end of the bat to the left side and was thrown out at first.

Jack was the starting pitcher for the second game. He struggled with his footing on the mound. Jack walked two batters, but was able to get out of a one out, runners on second and third situation without giving up a run. Jack got a ground ball out, a strike out and then they picked a runner off base. Jack walked three batters in the second inning. Giving up one hit, one run scored before they got out of the inning.

Jack played shortstop for the rest of the game. He had one put-out and one assist.

The Outlaws bounced back to beat the Titans by the score of 11 to 2.

The Outlaws will be playing in a wooden bat tournament next weekend at the Sacramento Softball Complex and/or Freedom Park. With football starting on August 6, this might be the last time that Jack plays baseball for a while. From a baseball perspective, I am having a hard time planning out the next four months...

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