As we awoke at 7:00AM, the boys reflected on what they needed to accomplish for the day. They made their beds and headed off to the showers and noticed some pretty gloomy skies - indicative of rainy weather.
This did not dampen the boys spirits as they headed back to the barracks for their morning meeting - where we reviewed the plan for the day. At the meeting we discussed the possibility of weather delays and the need to come out with fire every time we had the opportunity.
The boys did not go to breakfast - opting instead for energy bars and more time in the batting cages pregame.
At 11:00AM, the boys were ready to take on the Maroons National Team from Michigan. This team went 1-1 on the first day. The Clutch was the visiting team in this game and came out swinging the stick. Jack Spero led the game off with a hard single to left field and then Jordan Walczykowski hit an opposite field tank to take the lead 2-0. At the end of the first inning, the boys were up 4-0.
In the top of the 2nd, Eric Erdmann threw a scoreless frame. The Clutch went right back to work when Carter Gustafson hit a grand slam and Taylor Sutton added a solo shot. At the end of 2 innings the boys were up 10-0. Once again the Clutch had a grand opportunity to learn about respecting the game and your opponent as we shut down our offense.
In a rain soaked morning, the Clutch worked through 4 innings until the game was suspended with the Clutch up 13-3. Jordan added a second home run in the 3rd.
The boys headed back to the barracks for lunch and proceeded to play cards - blackjack turned out to be the game of the day - as each boy learned the rules and had some friendly fun competition.