Friday, March 15, 2013

Jesuit Frosh Baseball versus Vacaville

The Jesuit Marauders frosh baseball team played the Vacaville Bulldogs in their first road game of the season. The Vacaville team has a number of players that Jack has faced over the years on the Bulldog Baseball and the Dirty Dozen teams.

Jack started the game on the bench, but came into the game to lead off the top of the fifth. He stayed in the game and played four innings in centerfield.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 2 with a single, a walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored. In his first at-bat, he fell behind in the count 0 and 2, but ended up drawing a walk on six pitches. Jack stole second and went to third on a balk. He scored on Nick's ground out to shortstop. Jack lined a 2 and 1 pitch into centerfield for a single in his second plate appearance. He stole second and scored on Jared's soft fly ball to right. In his third at-bat, Jack struck out looking on a 2 and 2 pitch. He said after the game that he thought that the ball was going to break out.

In the field, Jack played four innings in centerfield. He had one put-out on a fly ball to left center. Jack made a diving attempt on fly ball in shallow right center. At least to my eye, he looks comfortable in the outfield.

Leading 5 to 1 in the top of the fifth, the Marauders gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth and then 2 more runs in the bottom of the sixth. After seven innings, the score was tied 6 to 6. The Bulldogs scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to win the game by the score of 7 to 6. The box score is here and the scorecard is here.

I think that the Marauders actually got enough pitching to win the game. Unfortunately, the outfield play was not sharp. In my opinion, the left fielder misplayed two balls in the six inning that ultimately cost Jesuit the game. I charged him with an error on one fly ball and debated back and forth charging an error on the fly ball that let the tying runs score. I respect that the coach is trying to get a number of players at-bats; there are a lot of catchers and infielders on the team. I am hopeful that Jack will stake a claim to left field and play there consistently.

The Jesuit Frosh baseball team now has 3 wins and 3 losses. The game log is here. The Marauders have a double header against De La Salle on Saturday.

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