Sunday, July 07, 2013

2013 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #2 Day #2

Jack played baseball with the Outlaws baseball team for the first time in almost six months. He played with the Outlaws in the second day of the USSSA Mid-Summer Classic. For the bracket after pool play, the Outlaws were seeded third out of nine teams and played the second seeded Lamorinda 14U. The game was played at Billy Hebert Staduim in Stockton. This is the old Stockton Ports minor league stadium and is a very nice venue. It is the first time that Jack has played here.

Josh, Jeremy, Breyton and Cooper were all playing for the Outlaws. Jack has played with this group over the last five years. From the core group that started together in 2009, only Trevor was missing.

Given our vacation in early June and his abdominal strain, this is only the second game that he has played in the last six weeks. This is going to change markedly over the next two weeks; the Walbeck team will be playing 10 to 14 games over the next two weeks.

Jack led off and played centerfield.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 3. Unfortunately, the home plate umpire had a very wide strike zone. Given Jack's tendency to be selective at the plate, he got himself in trouble quickly. In his first at-bat, Jack struck out looking on a 1 and 2 pitch very low and outside. Jack hit a 1 and 2 pitch for a towering fly ball to right field for an out in his second plate appearance. In his third at-bat, Jack struck out swinging trying to protect the plate on a 1 and 2 pitch that high and outside.

In the field, Jack played six innings in centerfield. He had four put-outs. Jack made a couple of nice catches. Covering a lot of ground, he made a sliding catch on a fly ball in shallow left center and went a long ways to make a catch on a hard hit ball to deep left center.

The Outlaws never got their bats going. Giving up a 5 run second inning on a couple of walks and 3DK, the Outlaws lost the game to Lamorida by the score of 8 to 0 and were eliminated from the tournament. Lamorida went on to win the tournament by beating Athletic Edge 14U by the score of 8 to 0.

There will be lots of baseball posts over the next three weeks!

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