KELLER — Stepping on the softball field with Keller Central is like stepping into a boxing ring with Jekyll and Hyde.
A winner over second-place Southlake Carroll last week, the Chargers were handed a 14-4, run-rule shortened District 4-5A loss by Keller Tuesday night.
Opponents never know which team they’re going to get with Central, but Keller (18-4-1 overall, 7-2 in district) awakened its dormant offense in dominant fashion to get the win.
“It’s about time, huh,” Keller coach Lindsey Strong said. “We’ve had our moments this year too. Some games we don’t swing the bat well and then we get something like tonight.”
It was 11 big hits, three for extra bases, and aggressiveness at the plate that made the difference.
For Central (7-12, 3-5), it was another night of experience for sophomore Nicole Martin. After giving up just three runs and scattering five hits in the win over Carroll, she struggled against the quick bats of Keller.
The Indians had six first-pitch hits and also worked in five walks and two hit batsmen.
Martin’s pitch location became an issue early as she worked out of a jam in the first inning, but gave up six runs in the second.
After scoring two runs, Keller shortstop April Ryan delivered a two-run double to break things open. She scored when Brittany Lee swatted a two-strike triple to center field.
“The thing is, she pitched OK, but that’s a great hitting team,” Central coach Kim Reed said. “We’ve got a young group and every game is something new.”
Keller got two more runs in the third inning before driving in six more in the fourth.
Lee had another RBI on a sacrifice fly and Shelby Henderson plated a run with a double to left-center field.
Central did touch Keller starter Brittany Larkin, scoring a run in the first to grab a quick lead and one each in the third and fourth innings.
But good defense helped defuse any potential rallies.
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