USA Baseball Tournament

This past weekend I played a tournament at the USA baseball training complex in Cary, North Carolina. My team, Purpose Driven, went 0-4 on the weekend. It’s amazing how one weekend you go 5-0, playing great baseball, and then the next weekend you play poorly and go 0-4. That’s just how the game works sometimes. I went 0 for 4 with a sacrifice bunt and a walk while playing solid defense the whole weekend.USA baseball field

Did well:

  • Sacrifice Bunt: With a runner on first in a tight game , I was able lay down a bunt down the first base line to move the runner into scoring position. You can watch it in this video here.
  • Outfield Play: I made no errors, playing a solid left and center field the whole weekend.
  • Being a good teammate: At certain points in the weekend I didn’t play as much as I would’ve liked to. I felt like I did a good job of not complaining, while making sure I was a positive influence on the bench instead of pouting and pulling the rest of the team down.

Need to improve:

  • Seeing ball deeper, using opposite field: Last weekend, I did a great job of this and as a result I got 5 hits. This weekend, I was impatient and way out in front of pitches, resulting in no hits. I think the difference in the two weekends shows me that I need to work on becoming more consistent in the way I play each and every time I step onto the field.
  • Staying relaxed and within my approach: I think this goes hand in hand with the point above. When I get to excited in the box, it causes me to pull pitches, which is not my strength at this point. You can see an example in this video. When I stay relaxed and within my approach of hitting the ball to center and left field, good things happen.
  • Learning how to play tired, not 100%: In the fourth and last game of the tournament, I was very tired. Then my coach made a good point after the game. He said that 75% of the time, major and minor leaguers play tired. Therefore I need to learn how to play well even when I am tired.

This was my last tournament of the 2015 summer. Overall, I think I have improved a lot. I can take two main lessons from this summer. Stay consistent, and let the ball travel and get deep. If I can do those things, I know I will become a more well rounded ball player. I will take a short amount of time off, and then I will transition to the fall part of my baseball season.

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