Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Indians Blank Crescent City, Twice; with Just One Loss on the Season, Keystone Heights Softball Looks to Regionals

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Indians Blank Crescent City, Twice; with Just One Loss on the Season, Keystone Heights Softball Looks to Regionals

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Byline: BILL JOHNSON

You can have too much of a good thing.

Just ask Keystone Height's High School softball Coach Kathy Smith, who, despite her best efforts to "sabotage" her own team, still couldn't keep the Indians from registering back-to-back 20-0 and 13-0 wins against a struggling Crescent City squad recently.

"We were trying everything," Smith said. "I had my kids batting left-handed, and they were still getting hits."

Smith isn't complaining too vehemently. Her team is 8-1 and, barring injury, is as close to a lock as there is to make it into regionals.

The coach isn't just basing that optimism on romps against an overwhelmed Crescent City team. The Indians have wins over bigger and better teams, such as Thursday's 8-0 victory at Bradford (7-5).

"We had 11 hits against a pretty good Bradford pitcher," Smith said. "That's good."

Hitting has been a pleasant surprise for Smith, who has one player batting over .500, two near .400 and one at .300.

"Defensively, we've always been pretty good," the coach said. "This year we've gotten the hitting, too. The young ones are really doing well."

Freshman Tori Jolley is batting right around .400, while junior Michelle Houser, just up from the JV squad, is right behind at .389. Junior Kellie Spaulding has a .294 average.

The Indians' big bat, however, is senior Kasey Fagan, who's at .556 with two doubles and two home runs.

Fagan also has a .67 earned run average on the mound, striking out 19 batters in 21 innings. Fellow senior hurler Mary Anne McCall has 21 strikeouts and a .00 ERA, though she was pinned with the Indians' only loss of the season, to Trinity Christian.

"In that loss, we just beat ourselves," Smith said. It was only the second game of the season, and several veteran players had just rejoined the team following the playoff-extended girls basketball season. …

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