The Plainview Lady Indians overcame the heat and used their depth to win their last four games and five of six, overall, in the three-day Chisholm Trail Classic at Firelake in Shawnee.
“We played six games in three days,” Plainview coach Tim Wade said. “It was quite a test. We used 14 girls. I was very pleased with the kids.”
Mount St. Mary 4 (three innings)
Sami Skelly went a perfect 3-for-3 to cap off a big week for her in Shawnee.
It was walks issued by Mount St. Mary’s pitching staff that Plainview (5-2) benefited from the most Saturday.
“It was hard for their pitcher to throw a strike,” Wade said. “I’ve been on both sides of the shoe. I’ve been on teams that have struggled and fortunate enough to have been on teams that were better.”
One positive that Plainview got out of this game was to see its reserves in action.
“We got 12 to 14 girls that got to get into the game,” Wade said. “Jenna Jennings stepped up in the outfield and Britney Dunlap pitches. There were a lot of kids that stepped up this weekend.”
Dunlap pitched the first two innings. Morgan Bruton came in the bottom of the third and threw strikes, Wade said.
Plainview 9, Perry 5
A pair of Division I commits were reunited Saturday.
Playing her first game this season for Plainview, junior catcher Rylee Keith, a Louisiana-Lafayette commit who missed the team’s first five games of the season due to a softball camp in Louisiana, finished 2-for-2 with two doubles.
Fellow junior Skelly, an Oklahoma commit, had three hits in three plate appearances, including
a home run.
The biggest moment in the game for Plainview came courtesy of junior third baseman Halee Womack, who drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth to break a 4-4 tie.
The runs kept coming. Hanna Beth Matherly followed with an RBI single. McKenzie Williams drew another bases-loaded walk to increase the Lady Indian advantage to 7-4.
“(The Perry pitcher) likes to throw the ball up and we were being patient which we weren’t doing earlier,” Wade said.
Keith clubbed a two-run double in the fifth.
Plainview 9, Newcastle JV 4
Emily Morgan ripped a two-run double in third to break a 4-all tie Friday.
“Emily’s doing a fantastic job,” Wade said. “Emily did a great job with the base hit and gave us the opportunity for more. Emily hitting the double was big.”
Skelly hit a three-run home run in the fourth.
“Sami’s hitting the ball well,” Wade said. “When you have someone hit the ball like Sami, and when a pitcher makes a mistakes, it is usually going for a hit.”
Matherly finished 2-for-3.
Plainview 5, Bethel 4
Williams singled in two runs in the fifth to lift the Lady Indians to the one-run victory Friday.
Plainview had trailed 4-3 heading into the inning.
“You put your three, four and five hitters up there to do just that, which is to score runs,” Wade said. “(Williams) did a good job. They were throwing a left-hander. She threw something in for McKenzie to hit.”