GRANBURY — It’s amazing what difference just a few hours can make.
After being run-ruled in their first game at the USSSA World Series, the 14U Waxahachie Blue Jays rebounded with a 9-7 win over the Duncanville Orioles Tuesday night.
The World Series was supposed to have started Monday, but rain caused the event to be moved back a day, thus throwing the Blue Jays off their schedule.
“One of the problems was that we came ready to play Monday and had to wait,” head coach Keith Patterson said. “But we got all the kinks out (Tuesday) afternoon and we started over.”
The win over Duncanville was an important for Patterson’s team, but not because of seeding.
“We got to pitch all of our pitchers and they all pitched well,” he said. “I think winning (Tuesday) will help us keep our focus. We’ll practice hitting before out next game, but we’re focused again.
“We needed to come back and show that we can play baseball and that we can compete.”
Wednesday’s final pool game is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. against a team from Red Oak.
A win in that game would give the Blue Jays another crack at the Lewisville Lightning, who run-ruled them Tuesday morning.
“These are just pool games so we’re using them to get warmed up,” Patterson said. “If we win we should get to play the Lightning again and I think with our more seasoned pitchers, we have a chance to beat them.”
The Blue Jays reached the World Series after finishing fourth at the zone tournament and going 0-2 at the state tournament two weeks ago.