After giving up two runs and three hits in the top of the first, Plainview’s Maci-Brooke Lambert settled down and retired the final 20 batters in a row in the Indians’ 9-2 victory over the Ardmore Tigers on Tuesday night at the Plainview softball field.
Lambert used 77 pitches with 11 strikeouts and no free passes issued. Only one Tiger hitter managed to get the ball out of the infield against her in the game’s final six innings.
“I thought Maci threw a great game tonight,” Plainview coach Alicia Cole-Foster said. “After the first inning she started hitting the corners, and she kept the ball down in the strike zone.
Defensively we played much better than we have been recently. We had five or six errors against Madill Monday night, but in this game, we only had one. It’s always good when you have excellent defense in the field. It keeps the other team from getting momentum.
“Everyone in the batting order did a super job of making contact (Tuesday) as well,” Cole-Foster said. “We had not been hitting the ball very well over the last few games. But tonight all the players got good looks at the plate. I hope that’s something we can continue to get better at. This was a good win for us, and I’m proud of the girls for their strong effort from beginning to end.”
Ardmore (4-6) got their only rally started with one out in the first when Kim Waller singled to left and Christina Figueroa singled to right. The runners advanced to second and third on a fielder’s choice, and both scored when Halie Craighead singled down the right field line.
“We came out and hit the ball well there in the first inning,” Ardmore coach Derek Saxon said. “I don’t know what happened after that. We couldn’t get anything going from that point on.
Plainview just kept putting the ball in play, and we continued to make key mistakes in the field that hurt us. You can’t make mistakes against a good team like Plainview and have a chance to win.
“We didn’t always use good judgment at the plate as the game went on either,” Saxon said. “We’re taking too many called third strikes. We need to be more selective with the pitches we swing at. And we need to be aggressive when the pitch is there in the strike zone.”
Plainview (4-5) got a run in the bottom of the first off Ardmore starter Lindsey James when Lambert hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Elise Wheelwright from third. The Indians took the lead with three in the second. Marki Dethloff singled to center, and Jacci Mayo walked.
Wheelwright hammered a triple to the wall in left to score Kati Weatherford, running for Dethloff, and Mayo to give Plainview a 3-2 edge. A single to right by Kenzie Hunt scored Wheelwright for a 4-2 Indian lead.
The Indians put the game on ice with a huge fourth. Plainview sent nine hitters to the plate and scored five to push their advantage to 9-2. A single by Charlie Shores scored two, and a double by Lambert pushed another run across. At that point, Paige Gentry came on to pitch for the Tigers. Abby Hattensty met her by hammering a double that scored Lambert for the game’s final run.
Lambert was 2-for-3, including a double, with two runs batted in and a run scored, and Kristen Galles was 2-for-3 with a run scored for Plainview. Dethloff was 2-for-3, and Wheelwright was 1-for-3, including a triple, with two RBI and a two runs scored. Hattensty was 1-for-4 including a double with one RBI, and Shores was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Lambert improved to 2-5 with the win for the Indians. James took the loss to fall to 2-4 for the Tigers.