An explosive offense and lockdown pitching performances pushed Plainview into the regional round, as the hosts sweep Lake Country Conference foe Marietta 20-0 and 8-0 in two games of Class 3A district play on Thursday.


An explosive offense and lockdown pitching performances pushed Plainview into the regional round, as the hosts sweep Lake Country Conference foe Marietta 20-0 and 8-0 in two games of Class 3A district play on Thursday.

In the first contest, Plainview’s 19 hits shut the game down in just three innings. Batting as the away team, Plainview led off with seven runs in the first inning and added nine in the second for a 16-0 cushion.

Garrett Foster went 4-for-4 with five runs batted in, Dalton Morales was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs and Blake Campo was 3-for-3 with four RBIs.

And Plainview’s pitching was in command, starting with Campo in game 1. The senior struck out six and allowed only one hit in four innings of work.

The mound work was the most impressive part of the day for Plainview coach Brent Hackney.

“I’m extremely pleased with them not only throwing strikes, but hitting spots,” Hackney said. “Zero walks and no errors ... they’re coming around. We had another good performance earlier this week, so it’s not just a fluke game.”

Chase Brooks had two hits and three RBIs, James Bowker was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Carter Bowker had a 2-for-2 day with two RBIs.

In the first inning of game 2, Plainview scored four runs on four hits. Campo hit a two-out single to get things started and Morales and Foster followed with back-to-back home runs for the 3-0 advantage.

Gus Wells added an RBI triple for the 4-0 lead.

That was all the senior duo of Brooks Braunagel and Brian Greisman needed. The two combined to hold Marietta to one hit over five innings.

Braunagel faced the minimum through three before giving way to Greisman in the fourth. Braunagel didn’t give up a hit and walked none, striking out six of the nine batters he faced.

Greisman gave up the only hit of the game to Parker Liddell with one out in the top of the fourth. But he got the final two outs of the inning on strikeouts and fanned the side in the fifth.

“We’re all getting called upon,” Braunagel said. “The pitching is doing really good. We didn’t have any walks or errors. That is something of a rarity for us.

With the bases loaded in the fifth, Carter Bowker’s sacrifice fly to center scored pinch runner Jordan Ricketts from third, and an errant throw to third base plated Wells with the winning run.

Campo finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, and Morales and Foster were each 2-for-3. Foster scored twice.

Plainview, ranked fifth in Class 3A, improved to 21-7 on the season.

“I think come playoff time, our minds are kinda focused,” Braunagel said. “Let’s hope we can take it to regionals.”

Marietta finished the season 10-20 and will return three starters next season in Travis Hallum, Adam Sanchez and Travis Choate.

“We’ve gotten a lot of compliments on how the kids played,” first-year Marietta coach Jeff Brewer said. “We took our licks a bit this year, but we hope sooner rather than later to be on top of that.

“As a competitor, I hate to lose, but I give them (Plainview) a lot of credit and wish them the best of luck to represent the southern part of the state well.”

Erik K. Horne
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