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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Bowker masterful in Plainview win

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  • No-no or no no-no?
    Doesn't matter. James Bowker will take the win either way.
    A close play in the fifth inning, when a ball sneaked by first baseman Chase Brooks and second baseman Jordan Rickets, cost Bowker a no-hitter, but he still finished with a dominant complete game performance that paved the way for a 3-0 Indians win over Latta on Tuesday.
    "When you have good pitching on the mound that's throwing strike after strike after strike, it makes it a lot easier," Plainview coach Brent Hackney said.
    The Indians, who struggled mightily at the plate in a 3-1 loss to Madill Monday, found more success against the Panthers. Devin Hartman got the scoring started in the second inning with a solo home run to left, while Garrett Foster tacked on two more with a fifth-inning double.
    "We came out with a good attitude today," Hackney said. "We had some guys step up and do a good job at the plate.
    "Of course, we would have liked to have more, but good defense and pitching can help overcome that."
    Bowker certainly provided that, blowing through a Latta team that may still be getting into baseball shape after a run to a Class 2A state championship in basketball this past weekend.
    Still, Bowker looked sharp from the outset, spotting his pitches and striking out an impressive 14 batters against a walk and a hit batter.
    Along with Kyle Williams' strong day against Madill, it gave Hackney the encouragement that once Gus Wells and Hartman can get back into full health, the Indians should have a strong rotation on the mound.
    "(Williams) did a fantastic job yesterday, really threw his heart out," Hackney said. "Once we get (Wells and Hartman) back full healthy, we'll be good to go."
    Drake Harper was the only multi-hitter for Plainview, finishing 2-for-2 with two singles.
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