Indians Split Final Two Games of the Season

The Keller Indians squad did something nobody else in District 5-5A could do this year, they beat Colleyville Heritage Friday night.  From the Indians website:

The Indians resumed play on Friday afternoon after a two week layoff due to the “swine flu – no competition allowed” postponement imposed by the UIL. They returned in grand fashion beating the Colleyville Heritage Panthers 10-4. This was Heritage’s first loss in district play. Keller improves to 19-6 overall and 9-4 in district play with the win.

Jordan Stafford got the start for the Indians going 5 strong innings allowing just 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 6 Panthers. Ryan Hunter came on in relief to start the sixth inning before being relieved by Max Muncy who closed out the game. Stafford improves to 7-1 for the season.

The Indians scored first and often in the game. In the bottom of the first inning Jordan Stafford walked with one out and Max Muncy walked with two outs before Cameron Allerheiligen singled to load the bases. Zac Wymer then hit a single to drive in Oscar Cadena, who was running for the pitcher, and Muncy to stake the Indians to a 2-0 lead. Keller added 3 more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Cody Mills led off the inning with a single down the left field line and Caleb Barker followed with a walk. Wade Stramp hit a fielder’s choice to the shortstop that put runners on first and third with one out. Jordan Stafford followed with a single to drive in Mills before Reid Coover doubled to drive in Stramp. Max Muncy then hit a hard grounder that the Colleyville first base dove for and forced Muncy at first but not before Oscar Cadena scored on the ground out to give Keller a 5-0 lead.

Heritage managed a run in the top of the fourth inning but Keller answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning when Caleb Barker hit the first of his two doubles to lead off the inning and Wade Stramp followed with a line drive single over the shortstop to drive in S.J. Barton who was running for the catcher. Two batters later, Max Muncy singled to right field to score Stramp with Keller’s seventh run of the game. The Indians scored again in the fifth inning when Cody Mills singled and scored on a Caleb Barker double off the fence in left center to give the Indians an 8-1 lead.

Colleyville put a two spot on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning but once again the Indians answered with two of their own in the bottom of the inning. Jordan Stafford walked and two batters later Max Muncy hit his ninth home run of the season over the fence in center field to give the Indians a 10-3 lead. It was the fourth straight game in which Muncy has homered. Colleyville scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh before being shut down with the final score 10-4 in favor of Keller.

Saturday morning Fossil Ridge came gunning for the Indians:

The Indians attempted a late rally but came up short Saturday in the final game of district play losing 6-4 to Fossil Ridge. With the loss Keller falls to 19-7 for the season and 9-5 in district play.

Keller threw three different pitchers against the Panthers. Chris Hanson got the start on the mound for the Indians and went 2-1/3 innings before being relieved by Michael Barnhart for 1-2/3 innings. Kory Sansone came on in relief and finished out the fifth and sixth innings for the Indians. Hanson took the loss.

Offensively, the Indians had quite a few base runners (6 hits, 9 walks, 1 hit by pitch, and 1 catcher’s interference) but had trouble moving them across the plate. After Fossil Ridge scored 2 runs in the bottom of the second, the Indians managed to get a run in the top of the third when Zac Wymer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Jordan Stafford. Fossil, however, added 2 more runs in the bottom of the third to go up 4-1 and added 2 more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-1 lead.

The Indians looked like they were geared for another one of their come-from-behind victories when they scored 3 runs in the top of the sixth. Kasey Merck led off the inning with a walk and two batters later Caleb Barker doubled over the bag at third to put runners on second and third with one out. Wade Stramp followed with a line drive single to left to knock in Merck and Oscar Cadena who was running for the catcher. Stramp went to second when the throw to the plate got by the Panther catcher and later went to third on a wild pitch. Jordan Stafford followed with a walk. Stramp scored when Reid Coover hit a fielder’s choice to the shortstop to close the score to 6-4 in favor of Fossil Ridge. Max Muncy followed with another walk but both Coover and Muncy were left stranded on base to finish out the inning. In the seventh Kasey Merck walked with one out but was also left stranded to end the game.

With the loss to Fossil, the Indians end up in 3rd place in 5-5A and will face the second place team from 6-5A in the playoffs.

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