Lady Indians move on to Region I semis

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Keller picked up another sweep in the regional quarterfinals with successive wins over Midland last weekend, which propels the Lady Indians into the semifinals to face Flower Mound Marcus this week.

Keller notched 5-4 and 6-4 wins over Midland on Friday and Saturday in Eastland, leaving time for the team members to be back in Keller in time for the prom.

The Lady Indians came out swinging, literally, knocking two home runs in the same inning of Game 1.

April Ryan continues to be outstanding at the plate, knocking the first homer, and a batter later, Grace Srichantra followed suit.

“The first game was a tough match for sure,” said Keller head coach Lindsay Strong. “They were hitting the ball. We were hitting the ball. We heard they could hit but there’s always the mystery of not having seen them, or not having seen them trying to hit off your pitcher,” Strong said.

“We were hitting from the first inning,” Strong added. “I was talking with an assistant coach and we said it’s a matter of time. Then, holy cow, we scored six runs (in Game 2) and a couple fell and then it was contagious.”

In Game 2, only Brittany Lee picked up an extra base hit with a double for Keller.

Kaylee Rogers picked up the two wins on the mound for Keller.

Marcus now awaits Keller in the regional semifinals, with the winner facing one additional series to qualify for the state tournament.

Marcus was the third-place seed from District 5-5A, and was able to knock off their own district champion and cross-town rival Flower Mound in three games.

“We got back in town to see them (Marcus) play two games,” said Strong.

Regardless of their district finish, Strong and the Keller team know that from this point on, there are no Cinderellas left in the playoffs. All the lucky series winners are gone.

“At this point in the year, you’re going to face tough teams,” Strong said. “It’ll be two games we’ll just have to battle and fight hard.”

Keller won’t change much in how they prepare, either.

Strong said the team will “go with what’s been working for us” in terms of practices and preparations.

•  In related news, the Keller state championship softball team of 2003 will be inducted and honored at the Keller Sports Hall of Fame banquet on Sunday.

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