Game day is finally here!
The boys wake up at 7AM - mandatory wake up time for the Hard 90 Clutch. Little do they know this consistent wake up time will help them later in the tournament.
After wake up, the boys made their bed, headed to the showers and then returned for a brief morning meeting to preview the day. They then headed out for breakfast to get some nourishment.
After breakfast, the boys headed over to the practice area for a morning practice. The team ran through pick sequences before taking some morning batting practice. After batting practice. the team met behind the cages to watch others take batting practice. The boys were evaluating each player taking batting practice to see if there was intent to do damage behind their swing. After reviewing about 20 opposing players, the team determined that only 2 out of 20 were swinging with intent. We discussed the need to make every pitch count. Make the decision to swing with intent before you get in the box - simplify the decision process - to only one decision - to not swing.
The boys grabbed some lunch and then had a bit of free time before the 1:45 game. Before heading out for the first game, the Clutch had a brief meeting to review the objectives for the first game. Game 1 featured a match up with the Fury - a tough team from Downers Grove, Il. The Hard 90 Clutch would be the home team sending Carter Gustafson to the mound.
The team had some butterflies heading out - but those quickly went away as Carter shut the team down in the first inning. In their half of the first, the Clutch put up 8 runs with two outs to take a commanding lead out of the gate.Ty Moran got the party started in the first inning with an opposite field home run - the first one of the tournament for the Clutch.
Carter was lights out - supported by stellar defense. Taylor Sutton also returned to the hill for the first time in 4 months tossing 2 scor