Plainview hammered Lone Grove pitching for 16 hits, and Indian pitcher, Marki Dethloff, had a solid outing in the circle as Plainview defeated the Longhorns 11-3 Tuesday evening at the Indian softball field. The game ended in the bottom of the sixth by run-rule.


Plainview hammered Lone Grove pitching for 16 hits, and Indian pitcher, Marki Dethloff, had a solid outing in the circle as Plainview defeated the Longhorns 11-3 Tuesday evening at the Indian softball field. The game ended in the bottom of the sixth by run-rule.

All Indian hitters got at least one hit, and all but two crossed the plate. The onslaught began in the bottom of the first when Plainview batted nine and scored five.  C.J. Hornbeck, Taryn Callender and Kenzie Hunt all singled to load the bases. Two infield force plays at the plate retired two, and Plainview was still loaded on the bases with no runs.

Plainview (8-2), finally got on the board on a wild pitch from Longhorn starter, Jeanea Mitchell, and a single to center by Dethloff scored Tiphani Napier and Mykah Smith. A single to left by Kaylee Roskam kept the rally going, and a double to the base of the center field wall by Hayden Hunt brought in Phadedra Moore, running for Dethloff, and Roskam.

“We came out with a lot more intensity today than we did on Monday against Dickson,” Plainview coach Alicia Foster said. “We hit the ball hard, and we were more patient at the plate. Marki pitched a great game for us. She had all her pitching working well, and she kept everything down in the strike zone. We made excellent plays on defense behind her, and we just played an overall solid game. I was very proud of the girls for the way they rebounded from Monday’s loss.”

Dethloff fanned seven, walked one and scattered five hits with her 86 pitches. The rest of her tosses were so low that the Longhorns had just one outfield fly-out and one pop-up on the infield. The other nine outs were infield groundouts.

Mitchell gave way to Jera Johnson, who started the second and finished the game. The Indians added one in the second on a single by Callender and a double to the center field wall by Napier.

Lone Grove (3-7) cut the Plainview lead in half with their only good inning of the game in the top of the third. Haley McCutcheon singled to left and stole second, and Nacona Presgrove drew Dethloff’s lone walk. Harley McCutcheon singled to center to score Haley McCutcheon, and a two-out single to left by Janay Marks scored Presgrove and Harley McCutcheon to make it a 6-3 game.

 “We are just not being disciplined at the plate right now,” Lone Grove coach Jimmy Miller said. “We’re not going where the ball is pitched, and we’re not swinging the bats very well overall. Plainview hit the ball well tonight, and we just could not slow things down. We’re still a little young, and we still have a little growing to do.”

Plainview recouped the three runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-RBI single by Smith and a sacrifice fly to center by Dethloff that scored Napier to up their lead to 9-3.  The Indians added a run in the fifth when C.J. Hornback singled to left to score Hunt.

In the seventh, Napier and Smith both singled and advanced to second and third on the throw-in.  With Dethloff at the plate, a wild pitch from Johnson allowed Napier to score Plainview’s 11th run. The game ended by run-rule at that point.

Dethloff was a perfect 2 for 2 at the plate with three RBI for the Indians, and Smith was 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored. Hunt had two RBI while going 1 for 3, including a double, with one run scored, and Napier was 2 for 3, inclding a double, with one RBI and three runs scored. Callender finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored, and Hornback was 3 for 4 with one RBI.

Harley McCutchen was 2 for 3 with one RBI and a run scored for the Longhorns. Marks was 1 for 3 with two RBI, and Haley McCutchen was 1 for 3 with one run scored.