FEATURE: The “Key” to Success

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ROUND ROCK – In what could be his final game of the season on the mound, Hayde Key went until he couldn't pitch anymore.

The Ridge Point junior tossed the maximum number of pitches allowed in a game before Clinton Welch had to come get him off of the mound.

Key, once again did what he's done all season for Ridge Point – put them in a position to win and preserving the bullpen.

"Hayde has been doing that," Welch said. "He has been eating up a lot of innings. That's for sure."

All season, Key has been one of the tougher pitchers in the Greater Houston area to figure out.

In March and April, Key posted a 0.86 ERA and in his junior campaign lost only two games. Entering the Class 6A State Semifinal game on Friday, Key was 5-0 with a 1.65 ERA in the playoffs.

"I'd just say command," Key said about what has been different for him this season. "Getting ahead of hitters, working at a fast pace."


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By Bradley Collier

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On paper, Aldine Davis should be the best returning Aldine ISD volleyball squad for the 2019 campaign.

But that's just on paper.

Starla Jones, the reigning District 16-6A Coach of the Year, has been persistent this offseason in reminding her team that the successes of last year are just that. They are last season's, which doesn't entitle her group to that same success in 2019.

"I think it's going to give them some confidence that they have a year under their belt," Jones said. "But it's a new season, a new team. Last year is last year. I'm reminding them that we've got to start all over. It's going to take some work like it did before.

"We can't settle, and we can't expect to be at the top just because we were last year."

Last season, Aldine Davis went 20- 26-1 overall and 10-4 in District 16-6A play to finish in a tie for second place with MacArthur.

"I've told them, you do realize because you were up there you are definitely one of the teams to beat," Jones said. "Everybody's going to be pumped. I don't care what team it is. They're going to be ready to play you."

Returning to the court for the Falcons this season is District 16-6A Newcomer of the Year Kiyah Felder, first-team selections Ashlyn Laymond and Tavia Harrell and second-teamer Hailey Harris. Also returning is Lyric Carwell, who was an honorable mention.

What excites Jones the most about this group is that this summer the girls put in the needed work to get better in the weight room.


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