The Mountain Home Blue Storm learned a valuable lesson from a lopsided loss and turned it into a big Babe Ruth World Series victory the following night.
The host team of the 13-year-old World Series put the pressure on Jasper, Indiana, smacking nine hits and taking advantage of seven errors by the Ohio Valley Regional champions to take a 9-6 victory on Saturday night at McClain Family Park.
“We hit the ball last night, but it was right at them,” Blue Storm head coach Tom Jordan said of Friday’s 12-1 loss to Greater Keene, N.H. “We faced a pretty tough pitcher last night. That team was really fast on the basepaths, and we couldn’t keep them at bay. They put the pressure on us, and we kind of learned a little bit from them and did the same thing to Jasper tonight.”
The Blue Storm (now 1-2 in American Division pool play) had gone 13 innings without a hit before the third inning Saturday night. Mountain Home trailed 4-3 before scoring six unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 9-4 cushion.
“We were very aggressive,” Jordan said. “We came out and it was kind of like, ‘we’re going to risk it all.’ We put the pressure on the pitcher. That was our mindset tonight. We’re going to swing the bat. Most of these teams we’ve seen, there aren’t a lot of walks. They’re…
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