I went to the Indians/Fossil Ridge game last night and stayed the first 5 innings. I think the team lost the game before they even walked on the field. In all my years watching Indian Baseball, I don’t know if I have ever seen a more lackadaisical performance from the team in a district matchup. They just didn’t look like they were into playing last night. Some of the talk was that maybe it was because of the drumming the Indians took at the hands of Colleyville Friday, if that is so, I blame the effort on the coaching staff.
If there is one thing that is necessary in baseball, it is a short memory. You can’t worry about your last at bat let alone your last game. Colleyville Heritage is not only the number 1 ranked team in the area, they are ranked in the top 50 nationally, but losing to a Ridge team that was 2-4 in District Play is not a good sign going forward. Hopefully Coach Stramp can make some adjustments moving forward, otherwise his playoff appearance streak will come to an end this year.
On another note, I remember the days when the High School Football Coaches from both schools would have to attend the Fossil/Keller matchups to keep the students in line. While there was a large contingent of Ridge students at the game, there were only a handful of Keller High students there watching. Most of them appeared to be girlfriends of the players. Maybe they were all at the Keller Softball game or Ridge isn’t considered a rival anymore like it once was.