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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Plainview routs Kingston in rematch

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  • In the Lake Country Conference tournament championship two weeks ago, Plainview watched Kingston celebrate its biggest win of the season.
    The Indians would not let history repeat itself.
    Devin Hartman had a three-run homer while Gus Wells added three hits and drove in five runs as Plainview (21-6) exacted revenge on the Redskins 20-3 at home Tuesday.
    The two teams had previously played in the LCC title game at Lone Grove, where Kingston (17-7) came away with a 9-1 win and the tournament championship.
    This time, the Indians went right for the jugular, picking up big hit after big hit and piecing together a seven-run first inning that effectively ended the game before it ever began.
    “They responded after I challenged them up a little bit,” Plainview coach Brent Hackney said. “Kingston is a good team, and we saw that the other day.
    “I just challenged them to go out and play today.”
    Plainview simply teed off on two of Kingston’s top pitchers, Jackson Beal and Jake Patterson, picking up 20 hits, including four doubles, a triple and Hartman’s shot to left field in the fourth to solidify the final margin.
    Wells, Hartman and Garrett Foster each had three hits and combined to drive in nine of Plainview’s runs.
    “Everybody went out there and had good approaches,” Hackney said. “There were some guys who were disciplined with two strikes, got a few things done, hit the ball hard ... we got it all.”
    After a shaky start to the second inning that included two surrendered runs, Plainview starter Kyle Williams settled down well on the mound, finishing with three innings pitched while giving up five hits and three runs, just one earned, plus five strikeouts.
    “We got our pitcher throwing strikes, as always,” Hackney said. “Kyle has been consistent all year.”
    Plainview has now scored 38 runs in its past two games and is on a four-game winning streak. The Indians have also won 12 of its past 13 and appear to be peaking just in time for district play.
    “I really like where we’re at right now,” Hackney said.
    Chris Stowe had a double for Kingston in the loss, while Tanner Holland drove in a run.
    Follow White on Twitter: @swhiteARD
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