All it took was one big hit from Ellie Heiderscheit to give Kee a stunning 4-0 victory over No. 2 (Class 1A) Lynnville-Sully Tuesday in state quarterfinal action.
With runners on first and second, Heiderscheit delivered a shot over the head of the right fielder, plating two. The senior later scored on a throwing error by Lynnville-Sully, which entered state with just one loss.
Kee (33-8 overall) will face AGWSR?(28-6) Thursday at 11:30 a.m. on INS?Field for a spot in the state finals. They are making just their second trip ever to Rogers Park, with the first coming in 2002.
—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla
Kee’s Kendra Cooper connects for an RBI single against Lynnville-Sully on Tuesday. For more photos, please visit CU at www.messengernews.net
Just three years ago, Kee won just five games over two seasons. Now, they are two wins away from a state title.
"It's been a lot of hard work and dedication from everybody," Heiderscheit said. "We have incredible coaches and have two really good pitchers now who have been working for a long time to get better.
"This has been a great journey and (winning Tuesday) feels like winning a state championship."
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Madison Rasmusson (L, 34-2, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 K, 1 BB) and Becca Vos; Kendra Cooper (W, 21-4, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 0 BB) and Ellie Heiderscheit. 2B-K: Valerie Meyer, Kaylee Darling. 3B-K: Ellie Heiderscheit. RBI-K: Ellie Heiderscheit (2), Kaylee Darling.
Valerie Meyer doubled and scored on the Heiderscheit triple, while Kaylee Darling drove in another in in the fifth with a double to the fence. Ellie Cooper was 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Heiderscheit had two hits.
Kendra Cooper, an eighth-grader, scattered five hits, recorded five strikeouts and didn't walk a batter.
The postseason run to state was an easy one for Kee, as they outscored their three regional foes by a combined 35-1. However, they drew a heavy favorite in Lynnville-Sully to open play, but that didn't bother Heiderscheit.
"We knew we could play with anybody," she said. "They were a tough team, but we had complete confidence in our abilities and what we could do."
Lynnville-Sully (34-2), which had its 30-game win streak snapped, will play today in the consolation round Marquette (34-7) at noon on Mittera Field.