Throughout this season, Class 3A eighth-ranked Plainview has made hitting the ball look really easy.


Throughout this season, Class 3A eighth-ranked Plainview has made hitting the ball look really easy.

Well, that would be a reason why the Indians are ranked eighth.

Blake Campo went 3-for-3, Dylan Morales delivered a two-run home run and the home Indians blanked Sulphur 8-0 in a five-inning, run-ruled game Tuesday.

“We got after it offensively,” Plainview coach Brent Hackney said. “We had about 12 to 15 pop-ups against Newcastle (in a 5-3 loss at Purcell Friday).”

The Indians (15-7) got after it defensively, as well. Blake Hoke improved to 3-0 after striking out three Bulldogs and giving up four hits, and Plainview committed only one error.

“I’m very pleased,” Hackney said. “Hoke came in and did a good job. He had a lot of good defense behind him.”

Plainview ended the game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth on three hits. After Blake Smith and Gregory Grant each singled, an error at second base on Chris Lawrence’s at-bat allowed Smith to score to make it 6-0. Dalton Morales singled in Grant, and with two outs, Wes Davis reached on a fielding error at shortstop to score Lawrence.

“They’ve always been the type of team that tries to take advantage of mistakes,” Sulphur coach Darron Henson said.

Sulphur (13-13) left five on base, including two in scoring position, for the game. But Hoke never faced more than five Bulldogs in an inning, twice retiring them in order.

Plainview jumped to a 3-0 lead through two innings. Back-to-back sacrifice grounders scored two runs in the first inning, and Morales singled in the third run. His two-run shot over right field in the fourth inning also scored his brother Dalton.

“(Leslie Stanford) just left the curveball hanging; it was a good pitch,” Dylan Morales said. “The one- through nine-(hole) hitters are just doing the job with the runners on base.”

Stanford also threw all five innings in the loss.

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