Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Jesuit JV baseball versus Pleasant Grove
Have I said recently how much I dislike having just one umpire for the JV games? It is impossible for an umpire behind the plate to make calls at first and second. More on that in a second…
The Jesuit JV Marauders baseball team played the Pleasant Grove Eagles in a double header at Pleasant Grove High School. The Marauders will play the Eagles again later in the season in three league games.
Jack played for several years with Jordan on the Outlaws baseball team. Jordan caught the first game [see picture above]. Additionally, Amaury played with the Outlaws a couple of times. Amaury played shortstop in the first game.
Leading off in the first game, Jack was 1 for 4 with a stolen base. In his first at-bat, he fell behind 1 and 2. Jack took a ball, fouled off a pitch, took another ball, fouled off another pitch and then struck out looking. Jack grounded the first pitch to the third baseman and was thrown out at first in his second plate appearance. In his third at-bat, he struck out looking again on a 1 and 2 pitch. Jack grounded a 1 and 0 pitch through the left side for a single in his fourth plate appearance. He stole second and then was doubled off second on Alex's pop-up. I think that it was a hit and run play.
Playing centerfield for seven innings, Jack had two put-outs.
On a hit batter, a couple of walks and an outfield error, the Marauders scored two runs in the top of the first. They scrapped out four more runs and won the game by the score of 6 to 2. The box score is here and the scorecard is here.
Wolger (2-1, 6 starts, 1 appearance, 23.67 innings, ERA 2.37) was the winning pitcher. Woldger threw a complete game.
Leading off in the second game, Jack was 3 for 3 with a double, a run scored, a walk, two singles and two RBIs. Jack opened the game by crushing a 1 and 0 pitch into left center for a double. He said after the game that he thought it was the ball that he has hit the hardest all year. Cosca followed with a double to right center and I thought that the game was quickly going to get out of hand. The Eagles pitcher settled down and kept the game close. Jack walked on four pitches in his second plate appearance. He went to second when Cosca was hit by a pitch, but ended the inning there when Alex popped up to the pitcher. In his third at-bat, Jack hit a 3 and 2 pitch for a hard line drive into left field to drive in Cooper. He was thrown out trying to steal second. Jack didn't slide. There is no way that the umpire can make that call from behind the plate. Jack hit a 1 and 1 pitch for a hard grounder up the middle in his fourth plate appearance to score Cooper. He was picked off first. Again, with a left-handed batter at the plate, there is no way that the umpire can make that call from behind the plate.
Playing centerfield for seven innings, Jack had no put-outs or assists. It is the first time in six games that he had not had a put-out in the outfield.
The Eagles played a double header with Davis on Monday night. By the second game on Tuesday, they were starting to dig deep into their pitching. Nevertheless, the game was close. With a run scored and two RBIs, Jack contributed to three of the runs. Behind strong pitching and no errors, the Marauders won the game by the score of 4 to 0. The box score is here and the scorecard is here.
Cosca (4-0, 5 starts, 21.67 innings, 0.97 ERA) was the winning pitcher. Cosca struck out 9 in 4 2/3 innings. Child pitched the last out of the fifth, the sixth and the seventh. Child struck out 4 in 2 1/3 innings.
One random comment, I have never seen so many curve balls. All of the Eagles pitchers were throwing a lot of curve balls. I worry about kids this age throwing so many curves…
The Jesuit JV baseball team now has 13 wins and 2 losses. Their league record is 5 wins and 1 loss. The game log is here. The Marauders will play Davis in a non-league doubleheader at home tomorrow.