Missouri City Ridge Point High School pitcher and first baseman Hayde Key has been electric on the mound this season, throwing a top speed 91 mile-per-hour fast ball that batters just can’t make a play on.
Throughout this year’s playoffs Key has been on a roll, carrying the Panthers to the state tournament with a 5-0 district record, which includes a game where Key only allowed one hit while striking out 12 batters.
Ridge Point head coach Clinton Welch talked about his ace pitcher’s impact on the Panthers playoff run.
“He’s our number one guy on the mound and his biggest asset is that he is a competitor,” Welch said. “He wants the ball and wants to get after it.”
The Defender spoke with Key after his most recent victory over baseball powerhouse Kingwood to discuss his style of play, keys to his undefeated playoff winning streak and what it will take to win state come season’s end.
Defender: How would you describe your style of play as a pitcher?
Key:I like to go right at hitters and pound the zone hard.
Defender: What were you seeing out there on the mound in the victory over Kingwood?
Key:I knew if I came out and pounded the zone and threw a lot of strikes, we would be good to make plays because I knew the defense would have my back.
Defender: What will it take to keep your undefeated playoff streak going?
Key:Just throwing strikes and not making errors.
Defender: What do you think the keys to success will be going forward to the state tournament?
Key:The way we battle. The way we stay in games makes it so we are never out of the game no matter how far down we are.
College commitment: Texas Tech
Baseball players he studies: Justin Verlander, Michael Brantley
Favorite subject: History
Hobbies: Hunting and fishing