What a great week of baseball

Published 12:01 am Thursday, August 22, 2013

For the past week, I’ve had the pleasure of watching some great baseball.

The 2013 Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 World Series will be wrapping up today as the Alabama Rawdogs and Mid County, Texas face each other for the championship.

When the World Series began last Thursday, I really didn’t know what to expect from teams around the country who were converging on this little city.

Thursday’s play opened with three games going by rather quickly.

Right before and shortly after the opening ceremonies that night, the rains came and quickly became the story of the World Series.

On Friday, the tournament had to hold five games at LBWCC’s Crum Foshee Field to continue pool play.

The games were played without a hitch.

However, Saturday was a different story.

It rained the entire day, making it impossible to play at LBWCC or any other field within the county.

After some thought by tournament officials, the World Series was going to be moved to Red Level, where the Tigers play their varsity baseball games.

When I heard this, I was stunned, like so many other folks.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the baseball field at the Hammett Holley Sports Complex in great shape, thanks to the many field crew who worked hard to get it in playing fashion.

Sunday saw four games being played in Red Level.

Because tournament play needed to conclude by Friday, officials split playing time between Red Level and Andalusia High School on Monday.

Two games were played at AHS, and six were played in Red Level to catch up the tournament in regards to the next step, which was bracket play.

Now there are two teams left — one from Alabama and one from Texas — who are playing for the World Series title.

I have to say that this has been a great week of baseball despite the rain and all of the trouble it’s caused so many.

I really didn’t mind having to stay late at night in Red Level for a few nights because the quality of baseball being played is top notch.

It’s been a lot of fun and I expect today’s game to be nothing short of spectacular.