VERO BEACH – Keystone Heights scored the first run of their Class 5A semifinal on Tues., May 22 against West Nassau but gave up four runs in the fourth; two with a throwing error, to end their …
VERO BEACH – Keystone Heights scored the first run of their Class 5A semifinal on Tues., May 22 against West Nassau but gave up four runs in the fourth; two with a throwing error, to end their season with a 4-1 loss to the Warriors in Vero Beach.
With the game moved from an 8:30 a.m. start to 2:20 p.m. and a 90 minute rain delay in the sixth inning, Keystone Heights ends their season at 20-11 under coach Jessica Marquart.
“Anytime you are off your routine
(delays and moving fields) and the conditions (RAIN) are not what you are used to of course if affects the team,” said Marquart. “But everyone who played that morning including West Nassau were all in the same boat and they just so happened to handle it better then we did. They are a great team and took advantage of our walks and errors and found a way to win.”
In the first inning, a single from Ashleigh Jennings and sacrifice bunt from Ashton Ludwig set up Bailey Story’s run scoring single to put the Lady Indians on top quickly.
In the bottom of the first inning, though, West Nassau got stung with two flyballs off pitcher Megan Moncrief; one with a sprinting snag in centerfield from Jennings and a grounder to third base.
Keystone Heights batter Cami Worley was hit by West Nassau pitcher Skylar Whitty in her second inning at bat, but stayed at first after a groundout to Northway.
In the bottom of the second, West Nassau tagged Moncrief with two run-scoring singles on top of two walks to load the bases and score four runs total.
Keystone Heights got just one run-scoring threat with Northway reaching on a sharp grounder to third and stealing second, but she remained there with Jennings flying out.
“The team was very sad and the drive home was very quiet,” said Marquart. “Eight seniors who have been a part of this team for six years, it crushed them. But what an opportunity and experience to be able to make it to state. I am very proud of this team for that accomplishment and just for the pure hard work that they put in this year.”