The Indians have posted a 35-7 overall record on the season. After finishing first in their district, they fought their way through an incredible playoff run to make it to the UIL State Tournament. With six athletes posting above a .300 batting average, the Indians' lineup will be hard to shut down. Seniors Gray Rowlett (.393), Trey Orman (.345), Clayton Thomas (.333), Aidan Connors (.369), and Todd Baffa (.304) alongside junior Mike Dattalo (.409) have led the charge all season as the Keller offense has outscored their opponents by over 170 runs this season.
The Keller bats combined with a nearly unmatchable pitching duo in Eric Hammond (USC signee) and Robert Cranz (Wichita State signee) gives the Indians a possible upper hand against a strong Strake Jesuit team.
Strake Jesuit Crusaders
The Crusaders have posted a 27-12-1 record on the season so far en route to the semifinals. As a team that consistently scores behind a great lineup, the Crusader's offense is going to be hard to shut down.
Outscoring their opponents by nearly 100 runs this season, the Crusaders have been on fire. With sophomore Clay Richardson (batting .421 on the season) and junior Trey Duffield (.314) leading the way in batting averages for the team, Strake Jesuit has what it takes to truly put Keller's defense to work.
Defense wins championships. Keller's defensive strength will have what it takes to advance to the state final, but not without a fight.
The semifinal is set to begin at 4 p.m. at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.
The Aledo Lady Bearcats (28-7) are gearing up to take on Georgetown in the UIL Class 5A State Semifinals game on Friday at 1 p.m. Aledo has definitely earned their spot among the best in the state. Let's take a look at how they got to the state semifinals.
The Lady Bearcats took an early loss against Mansfield Lake Ridge, but quickly regrouped and ran away with a handful of wins. Throughout the season, Aledo has posted many big wins against the likes of Burleson Centennial, Mansfield, Cedar Hill, Fort Worth North Side, Granbury, Azle, Wichita Falls Rider, and more en route to the playoffs.
With a 9-1 district record, the Lady Bearcats finished at the top of their district over Azle and Brewer before heading into the playoffs. In the playoffs, Aledo has beaten the likes of Lake Dallas (2-0), Burleson Centennial (2-1), Colleyville Heritage (2-1), and Abilene Cooper (2-1). Last week, Aledo defeated Justin Northwest in a one-game Regional Finals round before heading to the state semifinals.
Outscoring their opponents by over 200 runs, the Lady Bearcats have been on fire from the plate all season long. While we have seen a lot of strength from the Aledo offense, their defense has also done a great job stopping the momentum of their opponents.
As the Lady Bearcats look ahead to the semifinals, they'll find a pretty evenly matched team in Georgetown. If Aledo can get on the board early and hold strong in their defense as they have done all season, fans can expect to see the Lady Bearcats playing for a state title.