Lady Indians break loose into next round

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Keller’s softball team shook off a close first game en route to a sweep of El Paso Franklin in the area round of the playoffs. The Lady Indians now move on to take on Midland.

Keller topped Franklin 2-1 in the first game and came back to win the second game, 7-4, and the series played in Midland.

Keller made Game 1 closer than it needed to be, committing four errors, but Kaylee Rogers pitched a complete game for the win. Rogers gave up just one hit in the game.

The Indians came back and won the second game while getting just nine hits to Franklin’s 11.

“It was a good game, with both teams hitting the ball really well,” said Keller senior Brittany Lee. “We ran the bases well and played good defense and played like how we can play.”

Rogers started the game but was relieved by Robin Stidd in the fifth inning to pick up the win.

“We had seen the pitcher before and had a better feel for it and saw the ball better,” Lee said as to why Keller came out better offensively in the second game. “But, we can still play a lot better than we did,” she said.

“It was a good, intense game,” Keller head coach Lindsay Strong said. “The girls played really well except for a few errors but we got some timely hits.”

The playoff atmosphere and the unknowns of the team and the location play into the initial game’s skittish performance, Strong said.

“We did have three double plays in the first game,” Strong said proudly. “We had some great things happen offensively and Kaylee pitched a great game. In the second game after they tied it up, Robin pitched the final four innings and shut them down. It was a great team victory,” Strong said.

The series location for the battle against Midland was not set until after press deadline, but Strong said it’s been difficult to find possible locales due to neutral sites being already scheduled or lack of lights to play into the night.

Midland got past Northwest in the previous round, giving up the first game to the Texans, but coming back to take games 2 and 3.

As if there aren’t enough unknowns and other distractions, the Keller prom is also on Saturday.

“Hopefully we can play a little closer to home and pick up some wins and get back before too late,” Strong said.

Otherwise, Lee and her teammates are ready to make new fashion accommodations.

“Cleats with formal dresses and wearing eye black to the prom will be new fashion trends,” Lee said.

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