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Indians score 11 in 2 innings, eliminate Tornadoes in district semis

Gage Hall hits a single for Keystone in the first inning. Hall finished 3-for-4.

Gage Hall hits a single for Keystone in the first inning. Hall finished 3-for-4.



BY CLIFF SMELLEY
Staff Writer

Tyler Keaton hit a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs as part of a six-run first inning for the Keystone Heights High School baseball team, which got off to a fast start in defeating Bradford 11-3 in the semifinals of the District 5-4A tournament on April 22 in Interlachen.

The Indians (17-8) scored all of their runs in the first two innings and got three RBI each from Keaton and Tyler Ricketts, who had a two-run single in a five-run second inning.

Keaton and Ricketts were 2-for-3 and 2-for-4, respectively, while Pierson Lewis was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Gage Hall 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Jackson Hicks and Bryce Plummer each had an RBI for Keystone, as well.
Pitcher Kyle Hix threw six innings, giving up one hit and striking out 11. The three runs scored against him were the result of two walks, a hit batter and a couple of errors.

Cody Tillman had an RBI for Bradford (5-21) when he hit a ground ball to first with the bases loaded.
Jake Johnson, who had the Tornadoes’ only hit, pitched the final three innings, giving up no runs on three hits and no walks.

Keystone, the tournament’s top seed, will now face second seed Fort White for the championship on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at Interlachen High School. Fort White advanced by defeating P.K. Yonge 3-0.

Keystone’s Pierson Lewis (right) avoids the tag of Danny Clarke in successfully stealing second.

Keystone’s Pierson Lewis (right) avoids the tag of Danny Clarke in successfully stealing second.

Bradford’s Austin Benczak (left) slides safely into third.

Bradford’s Austin Benczak (left) slides safely into third.

Bradford’s Jameaze McNeal takes a lead at first and watches as Kyle Hix prepares to pitch.

Bradford’s Jameaze McNeal takes a lead at first and watches as Kyle Hix prepares to pitch.

Jerrett Tschorn (left) takes a lead at first for Keystone, with Bradford’s Caleb Polk covering the bag.

Jerrett Tschorn (left) takes a lead at first for Keystone, with Bradford’s Caleb Polk covering the bag.

Keystone pitcher Kyle Hix gave up one hit and struck out 11 in six innings.

Keystone pitcher Kyle Hix gave up one hit and struck out 11 in six innings.

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