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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HOUSTON - Dyllon Peavy credited his night to practicing perfect.

His perfect practice turned into a perfect game right when Westfield needed it as the senior linebacker turned into Jesuit Dallas' biggest nightmare on both sides of the ball on Saturday night inside NRG Stadium.

Peavy racked up 13 tackles, forced a fumble - which was recovered by Westfield - registered an unbelievable one-handed interception in the end zone and rushed in for a touchdown, Kendal Taylor rushed for 204 yards and two scores and Westfield defeated Jesuit Dallas 38-28 in the Class 6A Division II Region II Final.

"Just pride," Peavy said about Westfield being back in the state semis. "Looking out for my brothers, my teammates and my coaches. You know we have our coaches back and they have ours."

Westfield moves on to play Denton Guyer, which handled Tascosa easily, winning 42-7 on Saturday. There have been no details on where that game will be played next week.

This is the first State Semifinals trip for Westfield since 2014.

"We haven't been to the semis since my brother was head coach in '14," Westfield coach Matt Meekins, who was an assistant coach on that staff, said. "It's nice to get back."


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