Plainview jumped out to a lead, stranded runners, and Purcell found itself within two runs.
The script was very familiar to the Indians. This time, however, they made good with an explosive inning.
After struggling to get runners home for most of the game, Plainview (10-5) scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth, with Gus Wells providing a game-winning two-run single for the 9-1 win on Tuesday.
“I couldn’t tell you how many runners we left stranded in the past two games,” Plainview coach Brent Hackney said. “I’m glad we got out of it, had some guys do some things and fight to get on base.”
Up until the sixth inning, the Indians were carving out a carbon copy of their 4-3 extra-innings loss to Ada the previous day: Get ahead, leave runners on base and allow the visitors to claw back into the game.
But unlike that contest, Plainview closed strong at the plate and was sharp in the field.
Kyle Williams had three hits and Carter Bowker drove in four runs to pace Plainview’s resurgent hitters. Garrett Foster struck out six and allowed only four hits over five innings for the win.
It seemed like every time Bowker came to the plate the Indians had multiple runners on base. He typically came through.
Bowker’s two-run double put the Indians ahead 3-0 in the first inning. He added an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth and drove in another run on an error in the sixth.
“Carter gets a sac fly, James (Bowker) gets a big hit ... I had some guys come through for us,” Hackney said.
With Plainview ahead 4-1 in the seventh, James Bowker hit an RBI triple into center field to ignite the Plainview offense again. Pinch runner Vinnie Martinez scored on a wild pitch and Carter Bowker hit a grounder to third that was thrown away, allowing another run to score.
Wells followed with his second hit of the game, scoring Williams then Carter Bowker with the winning run. The sixth was not only Plainview’s most productive inning in terms of hits, but baserunning as well.
The underwhelming combination prior to that inning left nine runners on the basepaths.
“Finally we were able to get some runs on the board,” Hackney said. “I’m absolutely pleased with it. We’ve been stranding a bunch of runners and hopefully we got out of that.”
Plainview outhit Purcell 11-5, with Purcell’s only run coming off a Jonah Northcutt RBI single in the top of the fourth.
After two no-hit innings to start, Foster ran into trouble in the middle innings. But the senior only conceded that single run after allowing seven runners to reach base in the fourth and fifth innings combined.
Page 2 of 2 - With two runners on in the fifth, Williams laid out to make a diving catch at third, then threw to second for an inning-ending double play. When Williams went to the mound, Foster went to shortstop and helped engineer a 4-6-3 double play to get Plainview out of the inning.
The Indians executed Tuesday whereas the same opportunities were wasted on Monday. Plainview will play in the Ardmore/Lone Grove Showcase starting Thursday.
“Hopefully, we can build up a little momentum; we’ve been so up and down,” Hackney said. “All it takes is one game like this to get something going.”
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