Lady Indians power past Bowie in playoffs

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Keller needed just 10 total innings to advance to the second round of the softball playoffs, blitzing Arlington Bowie in two 5-inning games, winning 14-0 and 17-1. Both games were played at Trinity High School.

Next up for the Lady Indians is a second-round series with El Paso Franklin.

Keller head coach Lindsay Strong said details wouldn’t be finalized on the series until late after the press deadline, but thought the two teams would likely settle on a Midland or Odessa neutral site.

“We haven’t seen them play,” Strong said of Franklin, “but they tied with El Paso Americas and beat them in a playoff game to win their district.”

Strong was busy looking at scouting reports and team stats over the weekend. “We’ll try to get anything we can so that we know something about them,” Strong said.

“They’ll be tough, having won that district among some pretty strong teams,” Strong added. “We expect them to come out firing.”

Keller has been doing some firing of its own, paced by solid hitting up and down the lineup as well as key pitching efforts.

“Everyone was strong and we’re absolutely on pace,” Strong said after the Bowie series.

“Friday’s game had all nine starters get a RBI. Everyone’s hitting is very encouraging. It’s a great way to get jump started,” Strong added.

Highlighting the performances for Keller during the first game was Shelby Henderson’s home run and a triple by Kristin Watkins.

Watkins continued to hit well in the second game, getting another triple, as did Kaitlyn Alderink, while teammate Brittany Lee belted a home run.

Kaylee Rogers was the winning pitcher for Keller in both games.

“Kaylee has done really well,” Strong said of the leading pitcher for Keller. “She’s getting ahead of hitters and the defense is playing really well. Kaylee is placing the ball.”

Keller also has seen strong pitching from Brittney Larkin, allowing the Indians to be in great position in a best-of-three series.

Keller will take their 25-4 record into the second round as the second seed from District 4-5A. The other three district teams are also still alive after the first round of the playoffs.

Playoff experience is on the Lady Indians’ side, but they have plenty of first-timers this season.

Keller has five freshmen on the varsity squad, but Strong said the upper classmen were part of a regional finals experience and have been there before.

“They know where they want to be and how to lead the younger group,” Strong said of her juniors and seniors.

Going forward in preparations, Strong said they’ll maintain what has worked all season.

“We’ll keep everything consistent,” she said. “Why change?”

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