The Rays had a rough tournament this parts weekend, losing three straight games after winning the Thursday opener. They used wood bats all week, and the hitting took a dive.
Tuesday vs. ECB Saints at Sprayberry High…Rays won.
Will played several positions, including catcher, third base, and centerfield.
Elevated to second in the batting order, he gets a hit and knocks in two runs.
With Parker out until Sunday, Will starts at third base and makes all the plays, including starting a double play.
Friday vs. Team
Pitcher and umpire combine to strike out 12 of 21 Rays batters, who muster only three hits.
Will played third base again.
The Rays only managed two bloop hits, though Will had two of the hardest hit balls. He hit a hard line drive right at the third-baseman, and made the centerfielder back up to catch his high drive. He also walked.
Will played third base, then was brought in to pitch the fifth, with no out and the bases loaded.
The first batter hit what would’ve been a double-play ground ball, but since the infield was playing in, it got past the second-baseman for a two-run single instead. The next hitter hit a grounder to the first-baseman’s right, and beat Will to the first base bag for another infield hit. Will got the next batters to foul out, strike out (on 3 pitches), and fly out. He threw 16 pitches, and broke one of the opposing player’s bats with a pitch.
Will started in centerfield for the first time, and caught two fly balls in four innings.
Batting leadoff for the first time all year, Will walked twice and stole a base, getting a huge jump on the pitcher.
In the fifth Will was brought in to pitch with no out and runners on second and third…and pitched out of the jam with no runs scored.
He struck out the first two batters, then got the third batter to hit a checked swing dribbler back to the mound. After allowing a leadoff hit in the next inning, Will started a 1-6-3 double play, then fielded another dribbler for another 1-3 out.
Wednesday they play a 5 pm doubleheader at Chattahoochee High, in Alpharetta.