Saturday, November 10, 2012
2012 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #14 Day #1
The Outlaws played in the River City Travel Ball Veterans Day Shootout at Glennbrook Park. The Outlaws have never played at this field. I always enjoy going somewhere new, particularly when it is so close to our house!
The Outlaws were scheduled to play the Sierra Vally Storm in the first game at 8 am. Unfortunately, the Storm did not show up. We stood around in the cold for over an hour before heading home.
I have felt bad over the last two and a half months about running him out in baseball tournaments without any chance to practice; he was just showing up for the tournaments and playing. Jack had a chance to work out in the cage for the first time since July on Wednesday. Unfortunately, as the day wore on, you could see that Jack was pressing harder and harder. After the second game, Jack was more upset than any time since the loss in the PAL semi-finals to St. Ignatius. He kept muttering about what he was doing wrong at the plate. Jack is clearing starting to put some pressure on himself about the Jesuit baseball try-outs in February. After the tournament in Davis, he was blaming himself for the losses...
One odd statistics for the day, Jack ran five of his seven at-bats to full count. He saw 37 pitches in 7 at-bats.
The Outlaws finally played Bret's Muckdogs in the first game of the tournament. The Muckdogs are a Nevada team that they have faced before.
At the plate, Jack was 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. In his first at-bat, Jack hit a 3 and 2 pitch for a fly ball right at the left fielder for an out. He grounded a 3 and 2 pitch to the left side and was thrown out at first in his second plate appearance. In his third at-bat, Jack walked on six pitches. He stole second, went to third on Josh's single and scored on an error by the catcher.
In the field, Jack played five innings at third base and two innings at shortstop. He had one put-out and two assists. At third and shortstop, he handled ground balls to the left side and threw the runner out at first. At third, he took a throw from Josh at catcher behind the runner and applied the tag.
The Outlaws struggled to find their rhythm at the plate, but ground out a 4 to 2 win over the Muckdogs. They scored runs in the fifth and seventh innings on only one hit in each inning. The box score is here.
The Outlaws turned around and played the Dirty Dozen. This is a Vacaville team that they have faced on a number of occasions.
At the plate, Jack was 0 for 3 with a walk and two strike-outs. In his first at-bat, he ran the count to 3 and 2, fouled off a pitch and drew a walk. Jack stole second and was forced out at third on Breyton's fielders choice. Jack hit the first pitch for a towering pop-up for an out to the shortstop behind second base in his second plate appearance. At this point, Jack really looked like he was pressing at the plate. He struck out swinging on a 3 and 2 pitch in his third plate appearance and struck out swinging on a 1 and 2 pitch in his fourth plate appearance. Scott commmented after the fourth at-bat that he thought that Jack was going to break the bat on the ground.
In the field, Jack played four plus innings at third, one inning at first and part of an inning at shortstop. He had two put-outs and three assists and was involved in a double play. At third, Jack handled three grounders to the left side and threw the runners out at first. At first base, Jack took throws from the shortstop and second baseman to get the runners out at first.
With the score tied 4 to 4 in the top of the last inning, the Outlaws played some very sloppy baseball and gave up four runs. The Outlaws lost the game by the score of 8 to 4. The box score is here.
The Outlaws will be back on Sunday morning to play Bret's Muckdogs again in the first game of the day.
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