Drake Harper had 5 1/3 solid innings on the mound and Plainview survived a sluggish offensive showing at home in a 5-3 win over Marietta.
Two days after an impressive 18-run outburst against Ardmore, Plainview (7-3) mustered just five hits against Marietta and struggled to get a bead on Marietta's Adam Sanchez all game long. No Plainview player recorded more than a single hit and Devin Hartman's fourth-inning double was the only extra-base hit of the game for the home team.
"We're struggling at the plate right now and what hurts is it's the guys who shouldn't be struggling," Plainview coach Brent Hackney said. "I don't know what it is."
Sanchez threw a complete game in the loss, putting together six innings of five-hit ball while allowing five runs, only three earned, with a strikeout.
"He didn't have his best stuff today, but he's good enough to go out and throw very well," Marietta coach Erik Hughes said. "The other guys rally around him when he's out there."
After Plainview jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and appeared to be in control, Marietta got a clutch two-out double from Travis Choote that scored two to tie the game in the fourth.
Marietta, however, would be unable to get another big momentum shifting hit, as Plainview tacked on two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth with Marietta unable to mount a serious challenge the rest of the way.
"We're working on getting there," Hughes said. "That's a very good Plainview team, and this was a very good test for us."
Hackney, for his part, was very complimentary of the visitors.
"Coach Hughes has those guys headed in the right direction," Hackney said. "They came out and competed very hard all game long."
Part of it can be attributed to Plainview's struggles with personnel, as injuries and Spring Break vacations took their toll, with several starters out of the lineup.
In their absence, Hackney counted on Dylan Grant and Cameron Selensky to plug the holes at second and first, respectively.
"We had a couple guys step up," Hackney said. "We'll go out there with who we've got."
Harper was sharp on the bump, allowing six hits and three runs, just one earned, while striking out eight.
"Drake was big for us out there, he threw really well," Hackney said.
Lone Grove leads off SE Shootout with win
VALLIANT — Lone Grove broke out for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against Coalgate to win 12-5 at the Southeastern Shootout on Monday.
Lone Grove sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth, and the Longhorns pitching staff held Coalgate to just two earned runs in the game.
Page 2 of 2 - "We had some really good at bats in a row," Lone Grove coach Jake Melton said.
Dillon Atkinson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Jacob Stewart had two hits and an RBI for Lone Grove (7-1). Stewart also picked up the win on the mound, pitching five innings with seven strikeouts, one walk and only one earned run against him.
"He threw a lot of strikes, did a good job and kept the ball down," Melton said of Stewart.
Atkinson struck out five in two innings of relief for his first save of the season. The Longhorns supported their pitchers with 11 hits — all singles.
Lone Grove will play Valliant and Broken Bow today at noon and 2 p.m. at Broken Bow. The Shootout championship will be Wednesday.
Ardmore outhits Duncan in loss
DUNCAN — Ardmore outhit Duncan 6-1 but the Demons took advantage of walks at home to beat the Tigers 6-4 on Monday.
Jake Patterson's RBI single put Ardmore ahead 2-1 in the top of the fifth, but Duncan plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth on an error and a wild pitch to go ahead for good.
Donovan Kuykendall gave up the lone hit for Ardmore in the complete-game effort, striking out five and walking six. Only two runs against Kuykendall were earned.
Kuykendall drove in two runs and Jarred Hall was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored for the Tigers. Bodee Coffman and Chris Hall each doubled for Ardmore.
Ardmore hosts Duncan today at Valero Park at 4 p.m.