Friday, December 07, 2012
2012 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #15 Day #1
The Outlaws played in the Super Series Smushballs Winter Freeze tournament at the Mather Sports complex. I have been after the team for the last month to play at least one tournament in December and one in January. After last weekend's NCTB 14u bracket was dropped they moved to this weekend.
The Outlaws played the Brown Sox in the first game of a rare Friday night game under the lights. The Outlaws lost to the Brown Sox by the score of 15 to 3 in September.
At the plate, Jack was 0 for 3. In his first at-bat, he grounded a 2 and 1 pitch to the right side. Leland was forced out at second and Jack was safe at first. Jack stole second and went to third on Josh's sacrifice bunt. He made too big a turn and was tagged out. With the bases loaded in the third and two out, Jack drove a 0 and 2 pitch into left field in his second plate appearance. I thought that it might drop, but the left fielder made a nice running play for the out. In his third at-bat, Jack struck out swinging on a 0 and 2 pitch.
In the field, Jack played two innings at third and four innings in centerfield. He has expressed an interest in playing some outfield in order to get better prepared for high school baseball. Jack had one put-out and one assist. While at third, he handled a grounder to the left side and made a nice throw for the out at first. In center, Jack handled a high pop-out for an out.
With the score tied 4 to 4 in the bottom of the sixth and time expiring, Breyton struck out, but the field umpire had called time-out. Given a second life, Breyton walked. Kyle then walked and Nick singled. JJ laid down a perfect bunt to score Breyton and win the game. The Outlaws won the game by the score of 5 to 4. The box score is here.
The Outlaws turned around and played the West Coast Prospects. Although, I recognized the names of a couple of the boys, this is not a team that they have played before.
At the plate, Jack was 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. In his first at-bat, Jack fell behind 2 and 1. He fouled off two pitches, took a ball and then grounded a 2 and 2 pitch to the left side into the hole. The shortstop got to the ball, but hustling up the line, Jack was safe at first. He stole second and went to third on Josh's ground out, but ended the inning there. Jack walked on five pitches in his second plate appearance. He went to second on Josh's walk, to third on Breyton's fielder's choice and scored on Kyle's single. In his third at-bat, Jack struck out swinging on a 1 and 2 pitch. Jack also ran for Josh in the third inning. He stole second, went to third on Breyton's single and scored on an error by the third baseman.
In the field, Jack played three innings in centerfield and three innings at third base. He had one assist. With runners on second and third, a ball was grounded to the left side. Jack faked the throw to first and ended up with two runners at third base. He threw back to second base to get the runner trying to return to second.
With the temperature in the high 30's, the Outlaws beat a weak West Coast Prospects team by the score of 6 to 3. The box score is here.
I try not to get too emotionally involved in the games, but I lost my temper during the second game for probably only the second time in the last few years.
The Outlaws ended the day seeded first in the tournament. In an odd format, they will skip Saturday and play on Sunday afternoon.