Back for the second day of the River City Travel Ball Halloween Scream tournament, the Outlaws played the Top Ten A's in the first game of the elimination round. This team includes a number of players from the old Woodland Thunder team.
The game was a confused mess. I probably got more frustrated watching this game than any game in recent memory. Repeatedly during the course of the game, the Outlaws just didn't execute. Several times, I had to get up and walk away from the game for a few seconds.
At the plate, Jack was 0 for 2. In his first at-bat, Jack grounded a 1 and 2 pitch to the right side and was thrown out by the second baseman. Jack grounded a 2 and 2 pitch to the left side in his second plate appearance and was thrown out by the shortstop.
In the field, Jack played third base and shortstop. He had one put-out and one error. At shortstop, he fielded a ball cleanly to the left side, but made a one hopper to first base that the first baseman was not able to dig. I just wonder whether Breyton or Josh would have made the play if they had been playing first base. Jack had a put-out on a runner trying to steal third in the fourth inning.
Making six errors and giving up six unearned runs, the Outlaws lost the game by the score of 9 to 1. The box score is here.
As we were getting in the car, Jack and I started talking about the game. He surprised me by saying it was his fault and that he had to play better if they were going to win. Jack was very matter of fact about it. I was surprised at how mature he was [of course, he got really upset when the Cardinals lost game six to the Giants later that day...] He went on to talk about the problems with his swing and the need to get back in the cage with Boyle and work on the tee.
Sharon spent the afternoon working at the Jesuit Open House. She came home relaying overhearing the Athletic Director talk about how hard it is to make the Jesuit Baseball team...