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Guyer reaches state softball tourney on a roll

Denton Guyer coach Keith Medford placed pictures of the University of Texas’ McCombs Field, site of this weekend’s UIL softball state tournament, in the locker of each player months before the start of the 2010 season.

And, oh yes, Medford kept one on his desk, too.

“I’ve never done that for a team before,’’ Medford said Wednesday, “but I thought this group had that chance. Some might say it was a little presumptuous.’’

The Wildcats got the picture. Guyer (34-5-2) faces Waco Midway (34-5-1) at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the first of two 4A state semifinals at McCombs. The 4A championship game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.

No team in the Class 4A bracket is hotter than Guyer (34-5-2). It has a winning streak of 24 games and hasn’t lost since March 6.

In the playoffs, Guyer is 9-0, having swept four best-of-3 series and one single-game elimination round.

Senior pitcher/leadoff hitter Kylee Crosek is Guyer’s main cog. She has a 24-4 record , a 1.26 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 178.3 innings. The Southern Arkansas University signee is batting .446 with six home runs.

“She’s been carrying us for several years,’’ said Medford, who began the softball program when Guyer opened five years ago. “This season, we have good players around her.’’

The first five in the lineup are batting over .400.

* Senior first baseman Lindsay Vochoska, the cleanup hitter, is batting .452 with six home runs.

* Junior catcher Caitlin Christopher leads the team with 47 RBIs and his batting .423.

* Junior third baseman Layne Greenlee is batting .433 with four homers and 45 RBIs.

* Junior shortstop Amber Gonzales is batting .446.

Midway has been a hot team, as well, with a 16-game winning streak. The Pantherettes are also 9-0 in the playoffs. Six playoff wins have come by one run, two by two runs and the other by three runs. Opponents have scored six runs in nine games.

Senior pitcher Kermitria Ward (27-1) struck out 24 in last week’s regional two-game sweep of Frisco Wakeland.

Midway is making its eighth trip to the state tournament in the 18-year history of the event.