Keller Citizen

Standings, seedings come down to final week

The baseball regular season winds down this week, but there are more questions than answers in District 5-5A.

Let’s start with what we do know.

▪  The weather holds the upper hand.

▪  Keller, the district champion, and Byron Nelson are in the playoffs.

Other than those two points, all else is to be decided this week. In fact, though, some questions may have already been answered by the time this story is available in newsprint. See for updates.

Monday was set to be the make-up day for the make-up day on Saturday, which was to be the make-up day from Friday’s games.

Keller was still to play Fossil Ridge, while Timber Creek and Guyer were set to battle.

Both of those games – as well as this week’s remaining series – will settle the full details as to the final three seeds in the district heading into the playoffs, as well as who’s in and who’s out.

Prior to Monday, Keller was undefeated and had just wrapped up the district title, while Byron Nelson was sitting in second place, leaving Central, Fossil Ridge, Timber Creek and Guyer all tied for third.

That’s four teams vying for three spots in the postseason. Two are staying home.

The only game which was played on Saturday was Byron Nelson’s 3-2 win over Central.

That puts a little more pressure on the Chargers, as they feel as though they need to sweep Timber Creek this week to remain in the hunt.

Timber Creek was to finish its series with Guyer, which could also have big implications on the standings prior to the Central series.

Fossil Ridge, following its second game with Keller on Monday, still had its final series of the season with Byron Nelson.

Such a week for Ridge could mean anything from moving into second place, to making the playoffs, to being the odd-man out and finishing their season after Friday.

Fossil Ridge continues to benefit from the pitching of Cesar Gomez, whose ERA is under .60. Offensively, the Panthers have several key weapons, including Justin Gordon, who is batting just under .400.

The Panthers may have the tougher task in front of them, with Keller and then two games with Byron Nelson. But Nelson may have had the easier track to this point in time, although the games with Ridge will prove that true or false by Friday.

Guyer’s final series is with Denton Ryan, a team which is struggling at 3-8.

Keller was to play Fossil Ridge on Saturday after beating the Panthers, 5-0, in the early week game to solidify their district title claim.

It is the Indians’ first district title since 2008, Keller head coach Rob Stramp believes, as he wasn’t sure he remembered the last time Keller had taken a district championship.

Keller will take on Northwest this week in scheduled Tuesday and Friday games to close out the regular season.