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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Prep Baseball: Indians flip switch in power 5th against Davis

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  • Trailing by three runs against Davis, there was little indication that Plainview would completely blow the game open.
    Then the RBI hits dropped in, one after another. Then came the two-run variety. Then taking the extra base.
    Next thing you know, it's a run-rule game.
    Plainview scored 11 runs in the fifth inning to beat Davis 15-7 on Monday, the final game for each team before district play starts Thursday. It was the eighth consecutive win for Plainview, in a time when the Indians' bats have been at their lethal best.
    The Indians (25-6), who should rise from No. 14 in Class 4A in today's rankings, have scored no fewer than eight runs in a game during their current winning streak.
    "I love coming back from behind and winning, but I hate that we have to do it," Hackney said. "But it's a good experience for these guys later down the road, because we're gonna have to be able to keep our composure and battle back."
    Davis (20-6) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning on a leadoff home run from Hunter White and a three-run homer from starting pitcher Payton Brewer. Even with Plainview clawing back two runs in the first inning, Brewer was strong in only his second start of the season.
    Brewer held Plainview to just one hit through two innings, while Davis collected eight hits in that span against Plainview starter Drake Harper. But the Indians chipped away as Harper settled in in the third.
    "We wanted to get Drake and a couple of guys some work in before districts," Hackney said. "And Drake was throwing strikes. The first home run the leadoff (White) hit was two inches off the ground. He (Harper) made a great pitch and (White) put a great swing on it.
    "You can't get too upset about that. If we're throwing strikes, then we bide our time and make sure we chip away."
    Garrett Foster led off the bottom of the third with a single and James Bowker followed with a two-run homer to left field to cut the Davis lead to 5-4. Braden Ruth crushed a two-run homer to center for Davis in the top of the fifth, but Plainview countered with its walk-off offensive display. Ten batters reached base before the Indians made an out in the bottom of the fifth.
    By then, it was 13-7. Gus Wells was able to end the game with a two-run double.
    Ruth and Jordan Wilson each had two hits for Davis, who project as a regional host as the No. 7 team in 3A.
    With Davis's 3A district matchup with Tishomingo looming, Noland said he was trying to preserve arms, as Brewer finally gave way to Hunter Karlik in the fifth. The Wolves' win streak was snapped at four games.
    Page 2 of 2 - "He started getting up around 70 pitches and that was it," Noland said of Brewer. "Payton did a really good job for four innings there, and we were swinging it today. But they (Plainview) just got on a roll.
    "There wasn't a whole lot we did wrong ... it was just base hit, base hit, base hit."
    In the fifth, Jordan Rickets tied the game 7-7 on an RBI single, and Chase Brooks hit the go-ahead two-run double two batters later. In the same inning, Foster added a two-run triple, Kyle Williams drove in two, and James Bowker and Carter Bowker each had RBI hits.
    Plainview, which had 10 of its 18 hits in the fifth, had senior ace James Bowker ready to go in the bullpen, just in case. But the game never reached the sixth inning.
    The Indians host Dickson on Thursday in 4A district play.
    "They settled down," Hackney said of the fifth-inning explosion. "I think that wind got in their head a little bit; everybody was kinda wanting to hit home runs. We settled down and started taking better swings at better pitches, starting hitting the ball real hard."
    Follow Horne on Twitter: @ekhorneARD
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