KELLER — On Southlake Carroll softball coach Tim Stuewe’s watch, the Dragons hadn’t beaten Keller prior to Tuesday night.
After Alex Schneider scattered two runs and five hits over five innings and scored twice, the Dragons finally walked away from Indian Field with an 8-5 District 4-5A win.
It was unclear how long Carroll’s losing streak against the Indians had lasted.
“It’s been a while, I know that much,” Stuewe said. “I thought this was our most complete game, and you have to have that in order to beat a team like this.”
Schneider (6-3) had some good defense behind her as well. The Dragons (16-4, 4-1 District 4-5A) built a five-run lead before Keller scored its first run in the bottom of the third.
The Indians (15-3-1, 4-1) left 11 runners stranded while Carroll made the defensive stops it needed to end threats.
Schneider made it work in the circle with a mix of inside pitches that forced Keller hitters to chase others that she worked on the outside part of the plate.
“We know that Keller is the kind of team that hits the ball hard,” Schneider said. “I just wanted to keep the ball in the infield, and our defense stepped up.”
Carroll jumped on Keller early with runs in the first five innings, and Schneider helped out her own cause by going 2 for 4 while also reaching twice on errors.
She also started the scoring with a two-out triple in the first to score Christina Andrews and Lauren Heintzelman.
Heintzelman also scored twice in the game and had two hits while Nikki Spuria went 3 for 4.
Despite hitting the ball hard at times, Keller couldn’t find an offensive rhythm.
The Indians’ Kristin Watkins was 3 for 4 and reached on a fielder’s choice. But Keller’s 3-4-5 hitters were a combined 2 for 10, with one of those hits coming in the seventh inning.
Keller used three pitchers, but Carroll seemed to have the answer for all of them.
Schneider threw 90 pitches in five innings before Andrews came on to get the final six outs.
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