The Plainview Indians fought off a scrappy effort from Dickson to sweep the Comets in district playoff action on Friday 7-1 and 10-4 to advance to the Class 4A regionals this week.
Opponents and location for the next round will be released Monday.
“Dickson came over and they were ready to go, they were fired up,” Plainview coach Brent Hackney said. “They competed today and had us back on our heels a few times. We persevered and got through it. A real good outing by Kyle in the first game and Gus got to a little bit of a late start, but started throwing some strikes and the defense starting working.
“We got through it and got out of that lull.”
Kyle Williams struck out nine in the Indians 7-1 victory in Game 1.
Williams limited the Comets to one hit, which came on a home run with two outs in the seventh inning.
“I shouldn’t have thrown that knuckleball in that last inning to put the 400-foot bomb over there,” Williams said. “Other than that — not a bad day.”
Plainview had 13 hits, including three for extra bases.
Drake Harper had four RBIs on two hits for Plainview with a triple in the first inning and home run in the sixth.
The Indians never trailed in the game, but Dickson rode the momentum of the home run in the seventh to a successful start in Game 2.
Plainview scored one run in the third inning, one in the fifth and had two-run rallies in the fourth and sixth innings.
“We started slow (in Game 2),” Williams said. “But, when our defense is good, it doesn’t really matter.”
A six-run explosion in the third inning spurred the Indians to a 10-4 win in Game 2.
Plainview scored in the third on an error, an RBI single by Taber Jordan, a two-run single by Carter Bowker, and an RBI single by Jordan Rickets.
Bowker racked up four RBIs on three hits for the Indians and shut them down in the top of the seventh on the mound.
Gus Wells recorded the win for Plainview. He allowed four runs over six innings with six strikeouts, one walk and four hits.
Dickson’s Chandler Smith took the loss. He gave up 10 runs in six innings, walked three and struck out three.
Dickson battled back with three runs in the top of the fifth, but Plainview continued its steady run production to ease to the 10-4 victory, due in part to several highlight-reel worthy plays in the outfield.