Monday, October 6, 2008

The weekend before the big trip

Rabbit was invited to play with the 11U squad this past weekend as a tune up to the Paso Robles Tournament that is this weekend. The 2 games (Sunday double-header) were against a very strong local team that had just won several major tournaments. Rabbit was excited to play and ready to go Sunday morning buoyed by the news of the Dodger's sweeping the Cubs.

Game one saw Rabbit at First Base and Right Field. He played excellent defense at both, recorded several outs, and two assists! One from first to third, the other from RF to third. After a bit the other team stopped running on his arm, it was a "proud Papa" moment to watch the Coach hold his runners at second. Rabbit's play in RF is hugely improved and he made several plays where he had to track the ball, get in position and come up throwing. All of his work shagging fungos is paying off.

To the shock of us all he started game 2. What was most surprising was that the pitching rubber is 4 feet further back. This meant Rabbit had to adjust his release and arm speed. In the first inning he was nervous, but scrapped through with one walk, zero earned runs and 5 ground balls. In the second inning he gained his footing, worked quickly and got out with no walks or earned runs, struck a hitter out and left with a tie game after two. At the plate he drew a walk, stole second and came around to score on a bang-bang play at the plate. He swears it was a hook-slide to the open side of the plate, I think he got lucky and fell away from the catcher. Either way, the run scored.

Monday at the cages, Tuesday another bullpen session, Wednesday practice then we leave Friday straight from school for Paso. This is going to be a blast.

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