Monday, April 15, 2013

Jesuit Frosh Baseball versus Oakmont

The Jesuit Freshman baseball team played its seventeenth game of the season against the Oakmont Vikings. Although it sounds very harsh, Oakmont was a bad team. Their pitching was poor at best and the quality of their fielding, particularly the outfielders, made me think of the keystone cops... Except for Christian Brothers and Bella Vista, I have been dismayed at the quality of the competition in the league games.

It was raining lightly at the start of the game. They ended up stopping the game for about 20 minutes to work on the mound just about the time that the rain stopped.

Jack started in centerfield and led off.

At the plate, Jack was 1 for 3 with a double, a walk, a RBI and two runs scored. In his first at-bat, he crushed a 1 and 1 pitch for a high fly ball into centerfield for an out. Jack hit a 3 and 1 pitch for a double down the first base line in his second plate appearance. He went to third on an error on Bailey's fly ball to left [a medium fly ball literally landed two feet in front of the outfielder] and scored on Kyle's ground out to the pitcher.

I was surprised to see Jack try to go home on Kyle's infield out. When the pitcher threw to first, Jack broke for home. The catcher went up the first base line to take the throw from first and had to reach back to try and tag Jack. Jack dodged away from him and came back to tag the base.

In his third at-bat, Jack fell behind 2 and 1, fouled off a pitch and then took two balls to draw the walk. He went to second on Bailey's walk, to third on Kyle's single through the right side and scored on Jared's walk. Jack grounded a 2 and 2 pitch to the right side for an out in his fourth plate appearance. With the Oakmont pitchers throwing in the 60 mph range, he said after the game that he was trying too hard to kill the ball.

In the field, Jack played fourth innings in centerfield. He had one put-out on a high fly ball by the first batter to centerfield in the rain.

The Marauders beat up on the Vikings. Scoring 10 runs in the third and 9 runs in the fourth, the Marauders won the game by the score of 25 to 4. Although it was only a 4 1/2 inning game, with the rain delay, it ended up being a long evening. The game took almost three hours. The box score is here and the scorecard is here.

The Jesuit Frosh baseball team now has 13 wins and 4 losses. In league, they have 6 wins and 1 loss. The game log is here. The Marauders next game is Friday, April 19 against Vista del Lago. They will be starting back through the league games and playing the opponents for a second time. They beat Vista del Lago in March.

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