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Hyder's Highlights: Raiders close out fall

Team holds family gathering to conclude fall series

October 30, 2013 · @MTAthletics

Middle Tennessee student assistant Aaron Hyder recaps the Raiders' Blue-White World Series, as well as the teams various activities in the community.

BLUE RAIDERS WRAP UP BLUE/WHITE WORLD SERIES

For the final week of practice, the Blue Raider baseball team went out with a bang. They partook in three games of the Blue/White World Series combined with three days of regular practice.
With the series tied at one game apiece, Wednesday's ballgame was a big one. The Blue team seized the opportunity and walked away with the victory to give them a 2-1 lead in the series (recap). The White team did not go quietly though; as they had a little bit of gas left in their tank.

Game four came on one of the colder days we have seen this fall. Friday afternoon, and it was a win-or-go home situation for the White team. This would turn out to be the closest game of the Series and even included some bonus baseball. A couple of big-time plays by the White team paired with some miscues by the Blue team led to this game being sent to extra innings and postponed due to time restraints.

At this time, Blue team Head Coach, Scott Hall, had to go out of town for recruiting. So, naturally, he tossed the reigns over to the best managing prospect east of the Mississippi, Aaron Hyder. That's right, I was now in charge of the Blue team.

I'm not sure the last time a Blue/White World Series game went into extra innings, but it was very intense. On Saturday morning, the team had to resume the rest of Game 4 prior to starting Game 5. In the top of the 13th, the White Team took advantage and drove in the winning run(recap). This set up a winner take all Game 5.

Game five was shortened to a seven inning game due to time restraints. This was a situation that arose numerous times last spring. It was good for the new guys to get their feet wet with this idea, and understand how it works. The Blue team closed out the Series with a 7-1 victory (recap).

P.S. - Not going to lie, I was kind of disappointed I didn't get a Gatorade shower. That's what is supposed to happen, right?

BLACKOUT GAME

Thursday night was Middle Tennessee Football's annual Blackout Game. The Blue Raiders hosted the Thundering Herd of Marshall. Before the game, about 15 members of the baseball team handed out candy to young kids throughout the stadium.

This was a great way for some of the guys to interact with the community. The Blue Raiders ended up pulling out a thrilling victory over Marshall by scoring a touchdown on the last play of the game.

FAMILY GATHERING

Saturday afternoon after the conclusion of the Blue/White World Series, the team held a get together in the clubhouse. Parents brought different kinds of dishes, which made for a very tasteful buffet. We had barbeque, hot dogs, and hamburgers. You name it, we had it; not to mention we had some grade A desserts.

This was a good time for some of the newer families to get acquainted with one another. It had a very good turnout of around 75 people or so. The clubhouse was filled to the brim, and that was a good thing. Anytime all the families can come together and congregate is a bonus. It was a very good turnout and a great way to cap off the fall practice period.

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