Humble Atascocita’s Shelby McGlaun threw a no-hitter against Keller early last season.
On Friday, the Baylor signee was chased after one out in the first inning as the Indians put up three runs before winning 5-4 in eight innings in the Class 6A state semifinals at McCombs Field at the University of Texas.
After a four-run lead was wiped away, Keller junior Camryn Woodall drove in freshman Amanda Desario with a sacrifice fly to center field in the top of the eighth to send the Indians to Saturday’s 4 p.m. state final.
“I said, ‘Desario, you’ve got to score, you have got to score.’ I said. ‘Time this thing up and go, kid,’ ” Keller coach Bryan Poehler said.
Keller (31-7), in its first state final since 2006 and seeking the school’s third state softball championship, will face Pearland, a 4-0 winner over Weslaco.
“I knew I just had to poke it somewhere and Amanda, with her speed at third, something anywhere outside the infield, she’d be scoring,” Woodall said.
“I knew Camryn would score me because she comes through during big times so I was ready — it wasn’t the best slide in the world, but we still got the win and I’m so proud of my team,” Desario added.
After falling behind 4-0, Atascocita (30-7) scored runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Megan Calfee’s RBI single in the sixth tied the game at 4-4.
“We just needed to relax and play our game,” Keller senior catcher Shelby Henderson said. “Don’t get down on ourselves, don’t stress, and do what we do best.”
The Indians led 3-0 in the first inning when Henderson ripped a two-run double past third base with one out. The senior scored on an RBI single from freshman Caraline Woodall.
“I love the way [Henderson] plays in the playoffs, I love the way she plays in pressure situations,” Poehler said. “Look for her and some of the other ones to do the same thing tomorrow.”
Desario added an RBI single that scored sophomore Hanna Jones in the fourth for the 4-0 lead. Senior pitcher Kaylee Rogers (28-5) allowed nine hits and struck out three in the complete game.