The Walbeck Elite 15U team played in the River City Travel Ball 2013 World Series Warm-up tournament at the Woodland Sports Complex. In the first game of the pool, they played the Elk Grove Titans. Jack scrimmaged against this team once last year when he was playing with the Outlaws. In town for Hunter's birthday party, Wallen went to the game with me.
Leading off, Jack was 2 for 4 with 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. In his first at-bat, he hit a 1 and 2 pitch for a hard grounder up the middle and a single. Jack stole second, went to third on Alex's fielder's choice and scored on a fielder's choice on Aaron's bunt. The catcher fielded the bunt and tried to reach back and tag Jack as he was racing home. Jack grounded a 1 and 1 pitch through the right side for a single in his second plate appearance. He stole second and went to third on Alex's fielder's choice, but ended the inning there. In his third at-bat, Jack popped a 1 and 1 pitch to the second baseman for an out. Jack grounded the first pitch to the right side for a fielder's choice. Drew was out at second, but Jack beat the throw to first. He went to third on Kyle's double and scored on Aaron's single.
In the field, Jack played centerfield. He had no put-outs or assists.
With the score tied 1 to 1 in the fourth, the Walbeck Elite scored 6 runs in the fourth and 6 runs in the fifth. They won the game by the score of 13 to 1.
The Walbeck Elite played the Reno A's in the second pool game. Wallen and I left towards the end of the first game to head to Hunter's birthday party. I hate it when Jack plays and I am not watching.
Leading off, Jack was 1 for 2 with 2 walks, 3 stolen bases and 3 runs scored. In his first at-bat, Jack lined a 0 and 2 pitch into centerfield for an out. Jack grounded a 3 and 2 pitch through the left side for a single in his second plate appearance. He stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Kyle's single.
With the Elite trailing 4 to 3 in the bottom of the fifth, Jack had a great at-bat. The sequence for the twelve pitch at bat was: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball! Jack stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Aaron's ground out to second.
In his fourth at-bat in the bottom of the seventh and the scored tied 4 to 4, Jack walked on seven pitches. He stole second, went to third on Nick's single and scored the winning run on Aaron's single.
In the field, Jack played centerfield. He was charged with one error. Talking to him later, he said that he lost the ball in twilight background between the setting sun and the lights.
Getting on base three times, Jack scored three of the five runs that the Walbeck team scored. The Elite beat the Reno A's by the score of 5 to 4.
The Walbeck Elite ended the day seeded first for the single elimination games on Sunday.