Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Keystone Heights Last Baseball Team Standing in Clay

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Keystone Heights Last Baseball Team Standing in Clay

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Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer

Keystone Heights was the only Clay County high school baseball team still alive in post-season play through Wednesday after the Indians stopped Bradford County 4-1 the night before.

Keystone's victory set up a showdown with rival Santa Fe, scheduled to have been played Thursday at Union County.

Meanwhile, the season came to an end for six other Clay County teams, none of which made it past the second game of last week's single-elimination tournaments.

Paxon turned back a seventh-inning rally to post a 9-7 win over No. 3-seed Middleburg (13-14), and Lake City Columbia edged Ridgeview 3-1 in a pair of District 6-4A semifinal games Wednesday.

Ridgeview took an earlier 3-2 win over Fleming Island to end the Golden Eagles' inaugural season at 7-15, a week after veteran coach Don Suriano picked up his 400th career victory.

Gainesville Buchholz blanked Orange Park 3-0 in the District 1-6A tournament opener to close out Michael Johns' first season as head coach at 10-16, and Episcopal had an easy time dismissing Clay from the District 3-3A semifinal, 13-3, both on Tuesday. Clay finished the year at 12-15.

St. Johns (2-14) was the first team to be eliminated from the District 7-2A tournament when Arlington Country Day scored 11 runs on 10 hits in five innings to take an 11-0 win on Monday.

Keystone 4, Bradford 1

Ryan Rossano fired a two-hitter that gave Keystone a 4-1 victory over Bradford County, moving the Indians into a District 4-3A championship showdown against a team that has beaten the Indians twice in the regular season. But Keystone coach Alan Mattox was planning to use several pitchers for short stretches to keep Santa Fe off balance, a strategy he has used successfully in previous games.

Keystone needed only one pitcher against Bradford, however, as Rossano (8-3) went the distance while striking out five and walking three batters.

"He's been pretty consistent," Mattox said. "He does the same job every night, which has been outstanding."

The senior right-hander did not allow an earned run and got all the support he needed in the third inning when Keystone rallied for three runs to take a 3-1 lead. …

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