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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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