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Pueblo South beats Cheyenne Mountain, Thomas Jefferson to earn state bid


Statement games.

Statements made.

The South High School softball team let Cheyenne Mountain and Thomas Jefferson hear its message loud and clear Saturday en route to the Region 2 title. 

State brackets will come out later this week.

The eighth-seeded Colts clinched a state berth with a 6-1 win against the No. 25-seeded Indians in game one at Rawlings Softball Field at Colorado State University-Pueblo and a 5-0 victory against the No. 9 seed Spartans.

“There’s so many plays out here that they made,” coach Wes Madrill said. “The infielders got dirty, we had our pitcher do a terrific job, the offense struck when it needed to.

“You can’t really pick any particular person or any event. It was a complete game.”

Speaking of complete games, Keck tossed two in the circle for the Colts (18-7) and was stellar in both.

Keck allowed just two hits in the first game against Cheyenne Mountain and retired nine in the shut out of the Spartans.

Keck improved to 14-5 this season and her ERA dropped to a paltry 1.37.

“We just said no matter who we get, go out there and play hard,” Keck said of not knowing who they’d face in the championship. “No matter who’s on the opposing team if you go out there and give it your all you’re going to do good.”

Keck also praised the infielders for their work in helping keep runs off the board.

“Having the defense that we did have behind me as we’ve had all season is good for me,” Keck said. “I knew no matter what I threw, if they did hit it, my teammates would be there to back me up.

“They made plays that I didn’t think they’d make. … They stepped up their game and you could tell everybody here wanted it.”

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