With the mantra of "win Texas", no one can deny that Keller baseball has had an incredible season so far. From finishing first in their district to posting an 82% win percentage, the Indians have a lot going for them as they enter the UIL Class 6A State Tournament. The icing on the cake for the Indians this season would be a state title. Let's take a look at how they got to this point!
The Indians opened the season strong in non-district matchups against Rockwall, Prosper Rock Hill, Coppell, Plano, and more. Opponents had a difficult time snuffing out Keller's fire as the Indians went on to post a 9-1 district record; their only district loss coming against an incredibly strong Southlake Carroll team en route to playoffs.
In the first two rounds of playoffs, Keller took on Weatherford and El Paso Americas with ease, defeating both teams in only two games. Then came V.R. Eaton. Despite dropping the second game, the Indians were able to regroup and take the series in three. Next up came Coppell in the Regional Semi-Finals. In an almost identical fashion, Keller dropped game 2 only to come back stronger in game three for the series win.
Last week, Keller faced off against Southlake Carroll in a meeting that would decide the fate of both teams. One would advance to the state tournament, the other would have their hopes at a state title squandered. Keller topped Southlake 2-1 in game 1 before a huge loss nearly set them all the way back in game two as Southlake won by 10 runs. Keller showed their nature of resilience as they entered game 3 looking as strong as ever; defeating Southlake Carroll and advancing to the state tournament.
With a 32-7 overall record, the Indians have outscored their opponents by 169 runs. Playing great offense with a strong batting lineup, the Indians are able to come in each game ready to get rolling. Scoring early and often seems to be the name of the game in Keller. Keller will have to keep that same energy going into the State Semifinals if they want to advance to the championships.
Throughout the season, Rockwall-Heath has been exceptional when it comes to bouncing back stronger than ever after a loss. This has proven to be the case even in the playoffs. With tenacity and a goal to finish the season as state champions, the Hawks are headed to the UIL Class 6A State Tournament. Let's take a look at how they got there!
The Rockwall-Heath Hawks finished their regular season just a little bit behind rival Rockwall. With big wins over the likes of Flower Mound, Frenship, Horn, North Mesquite, and more the Hawks showed their strength every time they faced an opponent en route to the playoffs.
Once it came time for playoffs, the Hawks refused to slow down. Facing Rowlett first, Rockwall-Heath advanced in only two games (14-4, 7-0) before taking down Mansfield in another two (5-2, 8-4). After an initial loss to Sachse, the Hawks used the next two games to regroup, winning both with shutout scores (5-0, 10-0). In the Regional Semi-Finals, the Hawks defeated Tomball in three games (8-0, 3-7, 3-2) before advancing to the Regional Finals where they were to face an incredible Rockwall team yet again.
Rockwall-Heath dropped the first game of the Regional Final series and things might have looked grim for many of those who lacked hope, but the Hawks never doubted their ability. Scoring 11 runs in each of the next two games, the Hawks defeated Rockwall and advanced to the State Semifinals.
Rockwall-Heath has been known for coming into the games this season and doing what they can to hold off their opponents before scoring big for themselves to close out the game. Fans can expect the Hawks to come into the State Tournament ready to fight to claim the UIL Class 6A State Title.