Tournament August 5-8, 2016

This past weekend I played in a tournament with my travel team, Purpose Driven Baseball. We played in the Durham Athletic Park, where the Durham Bulls (Triple-A, Tampa Bay Rays) used to play. We went 3-1 on the weekend, with the lone loss coming in the semi-final game. I went 0 for 2, with two strikeouts and one sacrifice bunt.

Did Well:

  • Bunting: With runners on 1st and 2nd, I was able to put a sac bunt down the third base line to advance both runners one base. My teammate Jackson was able to come through with a clutch hit to score both runners. We ended up winning that game 3-2, so I was very happy that I was able to put the bunt down.
  • Attitude: Through four games, I played sparingly. It is very hard not to play a lot, but I felt like a did a good job of keeping my head up and doing my job on the bench to help the team win. I know that in baseball you don’t always get to play as much as you would like, so I believe God is preparing me for situations like this in the future.

Need to Improve On:

  • 1st and 3rd situations: I was on 3rd and the runner on 1st stole second. I stayed at third, but next time I need to recognize the ball is going past the pitchers head and then take off for home.
  • Mechanics: At the plate, I thought too much about mechanics, which I think was a big factor in me striking out twice. I need to simplify things as much as possible at the plate.

This upcoming weekend will be the last weekend of summer travel ball, and then the fall season will kick up after that.

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