Davis and Plainview got their late-game excitement Monday.


Davis and Plainview got their late-game excitement Monday.

A pair of sixth-inning errors by Davis allowed Plainview to score two runs, and pitcher Blake Hoke worked out of a seventh-inning jam to seal the Indians’ 2-0 victory on Senior Day. Hoke (4-0) struck out three and allowed six hits in a complete game, as the Indians posted their 20th win of the season (20-7).

“He threw a lot of strikes, stayed right in the zone and had a good defense behind him,” Plainview coach Brent Hackney said.

Two of the best hitting teams in south-central Oklahoma each had six hits, but Davis coach Micah Noland was looking for a good defensive game against Class 3A’s eighth-ranked team. He got it as the Wolves (17-7) turned three double plays and limited the Indians to their lowest scoring output in a victory this season.

“We wanted to come out and play good defense going into districts,” Noland said.

But three errors hurt the 2A 14th-ranked Wolves — two of them in the bottom of the sixth. Wes Davis scored first with bases loaded and one out on a throwing error by shortstop Cole Weber to second base. Dalton Morales reached on the play, then Garrett Foster batted into a shortstop-to-catcher force-out for the second out. Catcher Zac Maynard overthrew second base on a pick-off attempt with Chris Lawrence at the plate, letting Blake Smith score.

The Wolves loaded the bases in the seventh with a hit batsman, Elliott single and Maynard walked all with two outs, but shortstop Dylan Morales pulled in a drive from Griffin to end the game.

The Wolves also had runners in scoring position in the third and sixth innings. Elliott was called out at the plate on a relay throw from right fielder Dalton Morales to complete a double play to end the third inning; Morales caught a fly ball from Weber.

“Those kinds of situations, you have to keep going hard to work out of (the jams),” Hoke said.

Davis completed a relay of its own in the bottom half of the third. Center fielder Matt Burba fielded a Dylan Morales single and connected with pitcher Alec Hetherington, who threw out Chris Lawrence for the second out. Plainview had three runners in scoring position before the sixth.

Alec Hetherington struck out one but scattered five hits through five innings. Cole Weber pitched the costly sixth.

“I didn’t want to take Alec out,” Noland said. “He was pitching really good for a freshman, but we have to save him for districts.”

Davis hosts Ringling in a best-of-three district series starting Thursday, when Plainview starts its series at home against Marietta.

Dylan Morales batted 2-for-3 as Plainview’s only multiple hitter. Griffin and Elliott both were 2-for-3 for Davis.

“I think these guys understand if they keep doing things right, they’ll get to state,” Hackney said. Plainview was a state quarterfinalist last year.

Plainview seniors Blain Elliott, Davis, Dylan Morales and Smith were honored after the game. Their respective jersey numbers (1, 5, 7 and 15) were painted near the third-base line.

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