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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Plainview earns Shootout title

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  • Brent Hackney certainly isn't easy to please. The Plainview coach is notorious for his tunnel vision for excellence and his refusal to settle for anything but constant improvement.
    But even he couldn't find much to critique on Saturday.
    Playing perhaps its best game of the season, Plainview swept through a talented field over the weekend at the Lone Grove/Ardmore Shootout, capped off by a dominant 9-3 victory over Broken Bow in the championship tilt on Saturday afternoon.
    "These past three days have been a lot of fun," Hackney said. "I'm really pleased with the way these guys have been stepping up and getting jobs done."
    Plainview (15-5) earned five wins over three days in the tournament and has won six straight contests, each by at least six runs, since a 4-3 extra-inning loss to Ada at home on Monday, one in which the Indians squandered a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning.
    Hackney credited his team with an attitude adjustment after that loss, saying it fed into the team's turnaround.
    "I think we understood that you have to put games away," Hackney said. "We didn't in that game, but as long as we learn from our mistakes, we'll be alright."
    Consider that lesson learned and on display on Saturday. Sophomore Kyle Williams, who has emerged as one of the top arms for the Indians, effectively shut down a talented Broken Bow squad, giving up single runs in the first, fifth and seventh innings but little else.
    Williams finished with a complete game win, throwing seven innings while allowing just two earned runs on eight hits and striking out three.
    "He's just so consistent and always throws strikes for us," Hackney said. "All his pitches were looking good and hitting spots and he just let our defense work."
    Meanwhile, the Indians overcame a sluggish start with a three-run third inning that was jump-started by a Garrett Foster double.
    Plainview never looked back, scoring at least one run in each of the remaining frames to pull away.
    "Everybody was hitting very well," Hackney said. "The kids just seemed really locked in all weekend."
    Chase Brooks finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a double, while Foster finished 2-for-4 for the Indians.
    Follow White on Twitter: @swhiteARD
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