GRANBURY — As far as competitiveness, Blue Jays coach Keith Patterson said Friday’s game against the Red Oak Hawks was the best of the World Series.
Unfortunately, the Blue Jays were on the wrong end of a 5-4 score that gave Red Oak third place. “It was a great game by both teams,” Patterson said. “I couldn’t be any more proud of a group of kids, I’m just sad that (the World Series) ended the way it did.”
After spotting the Hawks a 3-0 lead, the Blue Jays came back with two in the second. The Hawks lead eventually grew to 5-2 before the Blue Jays cut it to 5-4 late in the game.
The game ended with the tying run on third base and the go-ahead run on second.
For the third time this week the Blue Jays had to fight through a rain delay as the game was two hours late getting started.
“It’s a hard thing to adjust to the weather,” Patterson said. “We had two or three lengthy delays and it’s hard to get the kids up and pumped again after something like that.”
Despite finishing the tournament 2-3, Patterson believes the team learned something at the week-long event.
“I think they got a lot out of it,” he said. “They understand the team concept more and (Friday), they really pulled together as a team.
“They learned how to play as a team and support each other.”