Junior leads Plainview sluggers with 2 HRs, 10 RBIs in finale

In a battle of Indians, the Plainview bats were out in force Thursday night as they defeated Marietta 9-1 and 15-4 to capture a Class 3A district championship.

Plainview finished the two-game set with 27 hits, including seven doubles and four home runs.

"Plainview definitely came to play today," Marietta coach Erik Hughes said. "They swung the bats well in both games."

In the second contest, Plainview's Mykah Smith was a perfect 5-for-5, including two home runs, 10 runs batted in and two runs scored. Kaylee Roskam was 3-for-4, including three doubles and five runs scored.

In the first game, Tiphani Napier hit two homers, and Roskam added another. Smith and Megan Shelton each had a double.

"We hit the ball well today," Plainview coach Alicia Foster said. "We have four freshmen starters, and they stepped up big time this year to support our senior players."

Despite the season-ending losses, Hughes was thankful for the way his girls responded to the year's challenges.

Marietta (10-14) played on into the postseason despite the death of 2012 graduate and softball alumnae Raven Willis, who died due to injuries suffered in a car accident.

"It was a rocky road, and we had a lot of struggles," Hughes said. "The girls kept on working hard and never gave up. They played through a lot of adversity, and I was proud of the way they continued to work hard every day."

Before the game, Marietta and Plainview players met at the center of the field and prayed together. Plainview also wore turquoise ribbons in support of Willis.

"This was an emotional season for them, and we wanted to do something to show our respect for the tragedy that struck their team," Foster said.

Plainview pitcher Tayte Sampson struck out 10 batters and allowed just five hits, while Smith added two hits and Napier had four RBIs in the game 1 victory.