Saturday, November 03, 2012

Outlaws versus Best Speed

Filling in for another team in a fall Delta Valley AAU league game at the Bill Conlin Youth Sports Complex, the Outlaws played Best Speed. Although they played Best Speed teams several times last Spring, this is the first time that they have faced the Best Speed from their own age level.
At the plate, Jack was 2 for 2 with a triple, a single, an RBI, two runs scored and two HBPs. In his first at-bat, he was hit by a 1 and 1 pitch. Jack ended the inning at first base. He grounded the first pitch through the right side for a single in his second plate appearance. It was an odd infield comprised of dead grass; the ball took a number of nasty bounces over the course of the day. Jack stole second, but ended the inning there.

With the Outlaws leading 3 to 1, Jack lead off the fifth inning. He crushed a 2 and 1 pitch over the right fielder's head. The ball carried about 290 feet and one hopped to the 300 foot fence. Jack motored to third. As Hank Aaron once said, "the triple is the most exciting play in baseball."

After the ball got to third, the third baseman and the catcher walked towards the pitcher without calling time. Jack took off for home and beat the catcher back to the plate to score.

In his fourth at-bat with the bases loaded, Jack was hit by a pitch for the second time. He went to second on Osayi's walk, to third on Breyton's single and scored on Chris P's walk.

In the field, Jack played third for fifth innings and first for one inning. In one of those very odd games, he never touched the ball in the course of 29 outs...

The Outlaws jumped all over Best Speed after Jack's triple. They ended up scoring 9 runs in the fifth inning; Jack actually scored twice in the fifth inning. The Outlaws won the game by the score of 12 to 4. The box score is here.

The Outlaws will be playing in the All World Sports Veterans Day Shootout next weekend at Mather.

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