On The Hunt for State: Keller baseball continues to battle
After falling to Rockwall-Heath in the 2021 UIL Class 6A State Championship game last season, Keller has been on a mission to not only get back to playoffs, but make it to state and bring home a title. As the team inches closer and closer to taking another trip to Round Rock, VYPE DFW takes a look at their season so far and what fans can expect during the rest of their Regional Semifinals series against Flower Mound Marcus.
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A Look Back
Taking the preseason by storm, the Indians focused on getting better every single game- whether they won or lost the previous match-up. With victories over Amarillo, San Antonio Johnson, Flower Mound, San Marcos, and more, Keller set the tone for district play and made sure they did everything they could to continue displaying their dominance over some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area's finest baseball team. Going 10-2 in district play (currently 25-6 overall), the Indians played hard against all of their opponents in order to garner big victories over the likes of Fort Worth Timber Creek, V.R. Eaton, Trophy Club Byron Nelson, and more.
So far in playoffs, the Indians have ended the seasons of Fort Worth Paschal (3-2, 5-2), El Paso Pebble Hills (8-5, 5-1), and Midland Legacy (7-4, 8-3). The team heads into the second game of their Regional Semifinals series against Flower Mound Marcus on a seven game wins-streak with a 81% winning percentage. Having outscored their opponents by a combined 120 runs this season, the Indians have been able to showcase not only how tough their defense is, but how smart each batter is at the plate.
During game one of the series against Flower Mound Marcus, Jacob Sullens and Fisher Polydoroff started things off in the second inning with an RBI single each. Charlie Tomlinson hit an RBI double to get the scoring started before Zach Makarewich drove in another run with a nice grounder passed Marcus defenders. On the bump, Keever Vincent, Kyle Beaton, and Nick Robb combined for a six-hitter- totaling nine strikeouts.
What To Expect
Heading into game two of the Regional Semifinals series against Flower Mound Marcus, fans can expect much of the same focus and determination from this Indians' squad. The team has been known to leave the past behind them with a "next game" mentality. Although their goal this year is a state title, Keller has no trouble keeping their minds in the present. Expect strategic hitting combined with strong fielding as Keller fights to the next round of playoffs.
Game two of the series is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at Denton Guyer. If a game three is necessary, the teams will meet up at 7:30 on Saturday at the same venue.