GRANBURY — After getting their feet wet in Tuesday’s opening game, the 14U Waxahachie Blue Jays have figured out what it takes to win at the USSSA World Series — pitching and timely hitting.
The Blue Jays grabbed their second win in a row, beating the Red Oak Hawks 6-4 to earn the No. 3 seed.
“We started out with on a hitting spree and then got some really good pitching,” head coach Keith Patterson said.
The Blue Jays took advantage of some early-morning batting practice to take a 5-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.
“We got up (Wednesday) morning and worked off a tee,” Patterson said. “It also helped that we were able to get some rest and get re-focused.”
Cain Kozlovsky and Trevor Patterson teamed up on the mound to slow down the Hawks. According to coach Patterson, the Blue Jays’ pitching situation is in great shape after pool play.
“Both of our pitchers did a really good job,” he said. “We’re exactly where we want to be with our pitching as we go into bracket play.”
As the third seed, the Blue Jays are just one win away from Friday’s championship game.
The only team standing in their way is the Lewisville Lightning, the same team that run-ruled the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Although the Blue Jays lost to the Lightning earlier in the week, Patterson does not want his team going in with the wrong attitude.
“I don’t want us to go in with the attitude that we have to prove something,” he said. “We can beat them, we just caught them in pool play last time when we were putting people in different places.
“As long as we stay focused, we can’t be beat.”
The Blue Jays and Lightning are scheduled to take the field at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Entering Thursday’s game, the Blue Jays are 2-1 at the tournament.