Although Keller lost a game to Richland, 3-1, last week and a chance to forge a tie for the district title, the Lady Indians softball team is now in preparation mode for the playoffs.
Timber Creek, going in as the third place team in District 4-5A, is also in the midst of using the week to prep for their bi-district round of the playoffs.
Keller will take on Fort Worth Paschal in a best-of-three series. Keller head coach Bryan Poehler said the series will start at Keller at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, move to Paschal for Game 2 on Friday at the same start time and that Game 3, if necessary, would be at 1 p.m. Saturday, with a post-Game 2 coin flip determining the site.
Timber Creek is set to take on Weatherford on Thursday and Friday, with an if-needed third game to be played on Saturday.
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Thursday’s game will be at Weatherford at 7 p.m., with Friday’s game at Timber Creek, also at 7 p.m. If a deciding game is needed, it will be played on Saturday at a neutral site, but the location had not been determined as of the press deadline.
Timber Creek is led by the pitching of Kylee Foster with a 13-7 record. She has amassed 111 strikeouts for the Lady Falcons.
Taking the opportunity to stay sharp was on the preparation list for Keller.
They took on District 15-4A’s undefeated district champion, Ennis, in an exhibition game on Saturday.
Ennis, in addition to going undefeated in district play, has just one loss and a tie in the season.
“We were playing a really, really good team,” said Poehler. “Playing teams like that (Richland and Ennis) back-to-back is good in preparing for playing good teams in a best 2-of-3 series. Everything I’ve seen and heard is that Ennis is one of the best 4A teams. They have incredible talent.”
Although Ennis topped the Lady Indians on the scoreboard, Poehler was more concerned about having offensive and defensive situational opportunities.
Not winning the district won’t be a stumbling block for Keller, Poehler said.
“We’re not going in as district champs but the second seed, at 11-3, isn’t bad,” he said. “We like the first place route a little bit better. But we’ve got a lot of talent.”
Although the Lady Indians are a young team with just four seniors, they have established their own identity during the season.
Just one senior is a regular, joined by three juniors and the remainder being sophomores and freshmen.
Keller hasn’t seen Paschal play this season, but the Lady Panthers’ staff was in attendance at the Richland game on Friday.
“If we go out and do things like we can on a typical day, there’s a chance for us to do well,” Poehler said of the Lady Indians’ playoff hopes for a long post-season run.
Carroll finished fourth in the district and will be matched against District 3-5A’s champion, Arlington Martin.