Monday, April 07, 2014

Jesuit JV baseball versus Ponderosa

High school baseball is entering the meat of the season. Over the next five weeks, the Marauders will play 18 games, including 7 in the next ten days. The Marauders will play a three game series against the Ponderosa Bruins this week. Last year, the Marauders beat the Bruins twice [13 to 3 and 10 to 0].

Leading off, Jack was 0 for 2 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI. In his first at-bat, Jack hit a 0 and 2 pitch into right center for a medium fly ball and an out. Jack popped the first pitch of his second plate appearance up to the first baseman for out. With the score tied at 0 to 0 in the top of the fifth with one out and Alex on third, Jack hit a 1 and 0 pitch for a hard fly ball down the first base line for a sacrifice fly. Alex tagged up from third and scored the first run of the game.

Playing centerfield for sixth innings, Jack had two put-outs.

Scoring two runs in the top of the fifth, the Marauders got two more in the top of the sixth on a two out error by the Bruins' second baseman on Alex's ground ball. The Marauders held on to win the game by the score of 4 to 0. The box score is here and the scorecard is here.

Wolger (1-1, 4 starts, 1 appearance, 16.2 innings, 2.54 ERA) was the winning pitcher. Wolger pitched 6 shut-out innings. Making his first appearance since March 11, Chiappe pitched the seventh inning.

Sampling the Ponderosa pitchers with the radar gun, the first pitcher (Grubaugh #13) threw 59, 60, 61 and 60. In the car after the game, Jack was mumbling about hitting pitchers that are throwing so slow. Although the first Ponderosa pitcher was only throwing 60 mph, he held the Marauders at bay for five innings. The second pitcher (Martin #9) threw 74 and 75. The third pitcher (Davids #16) threw 75 and 75. I am really interested to see what pitchers Ponderosa has for the next two games.

The Jesuit JV baseball team now has 9 wins and 2 losses. Their league record is 3 wins and 1 loss. The game log is here.

After dropping two of three to Folsom last week, the Jesuit Varsity baseball team lost again by the score of 2 to 1 to Ponderosa. The team is sinking fast in the Sacramento area standings. Jack rode to the game in the van with Coach P. Jack said that the three best varsity players (Snow, Loeb and Montemayor) are struggling. He and I were talking in the car on the way home about the short and long term ramifications if the varsity team doesn't right the ship soon.

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