MADILL — Samuel Bond had a strong second start of the year, stifling the Plainview offense, while Joe Avery smashed a two-run homer to help lead Madill to a 3-1 win on Monday at home.
“We showed up today and got a great job out of Samuel,” Madill coach Randy Rushing said. “He kept batters off balance, we got some timely hits and played some good defense.”
Bond, just a week removed from the end of basketball season, looked in midseason form on the mound for the Wildcats (4-1), mixing up his pitches well to stop a good Indians offense in his second start of the season.
Bond (2-0) finished with 5 2/3 innings pitched, giving up one run on six hits. He also struck out three against one walk.
Bond also helped his own cause at the plate with a double and scored a run on a Ke’ven Davis squeeze bunt.
“My arm’s feeling pretty good, it wasn’t as sore as my first start,” Bond said. “I always love baseball season, so I challenged myself to be ready as soon as possible.”
Offensively, Avery provided all the fireworks Madill would need in the third. With the Wildcats up 1-0 and Hunter Chapa on first, the 6-foot-5 junior launched a Kyle Williams pitch over the left-centerfield wall for a two-run blast.
“Joe hit a big home run when we needed it,” Rushing said. “He’s got great quickness with his hands and sees the ball really well.”
Plainview threatened to mount a comeback in each of the final two innings.
With Bond finally starting to crack on the mound in the sixth, Rushing called on ace Gage Goff to relieve his starter with two Indians on base.
Goff answered the call, striking out Plainview’s Devin Hartman on three pitches.
In the seventh, Plainview again threatened, loading the bases with two outs before Goff rallied from a 3-0 count to force a groundout for the save and the Madill victory.
“That shows you some character to come back and get the guy,” Rushing said.
Williams took a hard luck loss for Plainview in a complete-game effort, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out eight. He also led Plainview at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort that included a double and a RBI.