Almost through the halfway point in the district schedule, the Fossil Ridge baseball team is showing its experience and depth as the leader in the standings.
Keller and Timber Creek are right behind the Panthers. And the race looks like it may get tighter as the season progresses.
Fossil Ridge and Timber Creek split their series with Keller still having both teams due up, starting with Timber Creek this week.
The Panthers, 5-1, avenged their 7-6 loss to Timber Creek with an exclamation point, blanking the Falcons 10-0 in the second game.
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Ridge’s Dylan Neuse hit two doubles in each contest.
Timber Creek then stumbled against Denton Ryan last week in the first game but came back in the second game to win.
Keller is coming into the Timber Creek series with a sweep of Byron Nelson (3-1, 3-0 wins respectively).
“We’ve been in close games almost every game,” said Keller head coach Rob Stramp. “We really haven’t swung the bats very well or scored many runs. We’ve had to depend on our pitching to keep us in the game.”
The Indians have had to use key hits to come from behind late to salvage some of their wins.
“There’s been nothing easy about it, that’s for sure,” Stramp said.
While the starting pitching has been the strength of the Keller team this year, the defense has certainly helped aid those on the mound.
Those starters didn’t have any varsity experience heading into this season, Stramp said, but each game adds to their resume.
“It’s growing experience for them every time they go out there. They’re still doing a very good job,” Stramp said.
The coaches agree the district is very even from top to bottom, so no one is taking a series off.
“You have to bring your ‘A game’ every night,” Stramp added.
This week, in addition to Keller and Timber Creek locking horns – Tuesday at Timber Creek, Friday at Keller – Fossil Ridge will be playing Denton Ryan and Central (1-5) will play Guyer in their two-game series.