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Keystone defeats Trinity Catholic 3-0 to advance

BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

Despite being held to just one hit, Keystone Heights High School scored three runs in the first inning, which proved to be enough with a solid outing by its own pitcher in a 3-0 win over visiting Trinity Catholic in a Region 2-4A baseball quarterfinal game on April 29.

The Indians (19-8) put two on with no outs in the bottom of the first on a dropped third strike and a ground-ball error. A passed ball scored Bryce Plummer from third, while Pierson Lewis scored on a ground out by Jerrett Tschorn.

Tyler Ricketts then delivered his team’s only hit—a single that scored Gage Hall, who earlier reached on a walk.

“It was good baseball,” Keystone head coach Alan Mattox said. “Guys found ways to get a couple of runs there.”

That was huge, because Keystone failed to get another hit or base runner against Trinity pitcher Eddie Miller, who struck out 9 of the 14 batters he faced after the first inning.

Keystone got a gem of a performance from its pitcher, as well. Kyle Hix gave up three hits and had to worry about only two runners reaching scoring position.

Mattox said Hix wasn’t as sharp the previous week, but he was pleased with the effort against the Celtics.

“He did a nice job,” Mattox said. “He was in the strike zone. I think he may have been behind only one or two hitters.

“It’s fun to pitch when you’re ahead of guys.”

Keystone now travels to play South Sumter in a Region 2 semifinal game on Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. South Sumter (18-6) defeated Fort White 12-0 in an April 29 quarterfinal game.

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