Saturday, March 09, 2013

Jesuit Frosh Baseball versus Valley Christian Doubleheader

The Jesuit Marauders played the Valley Christian Warriors in a home doubleheader. Like Archbishop Mitty last week, the Warriors are from San Jose.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Jack started in left field and batted second. He had a solid day. Jack claims that he is the second fastest kid on the team, behind only Nile.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 3 with two runs scored, a single, a walk and a fielder's choice. In his first at-bat, he ran the count full and walked. He went to second on Nick's walk, to third on Jared's single and scored on Ryan's walk. With Sogard on first, Jack grounded a 0 and 2 pitched to the right side in his second plate appearance. Sogard was forced out at second and Jack was safe at first on fielder's choice. Iwasa hit a hard line drive off the pitcher. With no one covering third, Jack raced from first to third. He scored on Jared's triple. In his third at-bat, Jack popped the first pitch up down the first base line. The wind blew it back into play and the first baseman caught it in foul territory for an out. Jack lined a 2 and 1 pitch into right field in his fourth plate appearance for a single. He was forced out at second on Jared's ground ball to the third baseman.

In the field, Jack played seven innings in left field. He had two put-outs; Jack handled two fly balls to left. He also did a nice job tracking down a grounder that bounced off third base. In the sixth inning, a ball was crushed almost to the street in left center. Jack said after the game that he thought that he could have gotten to it if the wind had not been blowing out. He was able to hold the batter to a double.

Leading 5 to 0 after four innings, the Marauders pitching let the Warriors back into the game. More on this in a second... The Warriors tied the game at 8 in the top of seventh. The Marauders scored in the bottom of the seventh to win the game by the score of 9 to 8. The scorecard is here and the box score is here.

Jack didn't play in the second game. The Marauders have 19 boys on the roster and the coach is doing a good job of trying to get everyone some at-bats.

The Marauders ran out to a 13 to 4 lead in the second game. Unfortunately, the adventures in pitching continued. The Warriors scored 5 runs in the top of the seventh. With runners on first and third, the Marauders finally got the third out and won the game by the score of 13 to 9. The first two outs in the bottom of the seventh were caught stealing! The scorecard is here.

The Jesuit Marauders 2013 frosh baseball team now has a record of 2 wins and 2 losses. The game log is here.

As I said last week, I really thought that pitching was going to be a strength of this team. During the scrimmages, it looked like the Marauders were deep with pitching. This has not panned out so far. While the team has scored 9.5 runs per game in the first four games, they are giving up 9.25 runs per game. It is going to be a long season if the pitching does not settle down.

The Marauders next game is Tuesday afternoon at home against St. Mary's.

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