Oh, how the season has turned for Plainview.


Oh, how the season has turned for Plainview.

After starting the campaign 1-5, the Indians have won their eighth consecutive game, beating Madill 7-4 on Monday. Fresh off of a 3-0 run through the Earl Wilson Wood Bat Tournament last week, the Indians (9-5) were just as effective with the metal, ripping 12 hits while playing error-free baseball.

And they nearly had their fourth consecutive complete game, as senior Wes Davis went 6 1/3 innings before making way for Blake Hoke. Davis scattered 11 hits, including a late home run by Madill’s Brad Avery, but the Indians backed him by scoring in every inning but the sixth and playing stellar defense.

“He kinda started off struggling a little bit, but he found a rhythm and started throwing strikes,” Plainview coach Brent Hackney said of Davis. “Besides falling behind a couple of hitters, he pitched really well.”

Davis walked two of the first three batters, Spencer Bond singled and a run scored on a passed ball to give Madill the first-inning lead. Blake Campo tied the game in the bottom half of the inning with a double to right-center field, which scored Dylan Morales from first. Blake Smith walked two batters later, then Blain Elliott scored him from first on a double for the 2-1 advantage. The Indians wouldn’t trail again.

Jake Vinson threw a complete game with three strikeouts and two walks for Madill (6-6), but couldn’t get the run support the Indians provided for Davis. With Plainview leading 3-1, Avery led off the top of the third for Madill with a double to center field, and Spencer Bond moved him to third on a bunt down the third-base line. But the Indians got two fielder’s-choice outs and a fly ball to escape the jam.

Plainview scored in the bottom of the third on a double steal then added another run on a chopper from Elliott down the third-base line, which scored Dalton Morales from third. Madill started the fourth with consecutive singles, and Avery singled in Holden Cass to cut Plainview’s lead to 4-2. But Plainview added a run in the bottom of the fourth on an infield error, and Davis cruised through the top of the fifth, only having to toss four pitches.

In the bottom of the fifth, Chris Lawrence doubled with two outs and Garrett Foster knocked him in on a single up the middle for the 7-2 lead.

“You can’t make errors; Plainview is a good team,” Madill coach Randy Rushing said. “It’s only a matter of time if you don’t quit making stupid errors.”

Madill pulled back a run in the top of the seventh on Avery’s solo home run to left-center field, and Spencer Lawrence and Boo Escobedo had back-to-back one-out hits to chase Davis. Spencer Lawrence scored on a Trey Moore sacrifice fly, but Hoke got Jackson Clement to strikeout to end the game.

Davis struck out four and walked three to improve to 3-2. Five different Indians knocked in runs, led by Morales, who was 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. Blake Campo, Cody Greathouse and Elliott each added two hits for Plainview.

Avery was a triple shy of the cycle (3-for-3, two RBI, walk), while Bond and Clement each had two hits for the Wildcats.

Erik K. Horne
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