The Plainview Lady Bears went on the road Wednesday and defeated Class 6A’s No. 1-ranked team, toppling the Buckhorn Lady Bucks by a final score of 6-3.
The win is Plainview’s 11th straight dating back to their April 9 win over Sylvania. They’ve outscored their opponents 105-9 in that span.
Wednesday’s bout saw the Lady Bucks jump ahead early with a run in the bottom of the first. The Lady Bears answered back in the second after Tobi Trotter doubled and Krimson Kidd was hit by a pitch. Tessa Word then grounded into a fielder’s choice.
The Bears then had Word steal second and a throw towards the bag allowed Trotter to score from third to tie the game at 1-all.
Plainview pitcher Lily Boswell then struck out the side before the Lady Bears caught fire at the plate and drove in four runs in the top of the third to give them the lead for good.
That inning started with Jacey Crowell reaching on an error when she bunted. A grounder from Mia Tidmore then saw the Lady Bucks try to get the lead runner out at second, but Crowell beat the ball to the bag to put two runners on with no outs.
Both runners later moved up on a passed ball and scored on back-to-back RBI singles from Elaine Puckett and Crimson Wells.
After a sacrifice bunt from Trotter moved both runners into scoring position, Kidd and Word followed with two more RBI singles to put the Lady Bears ahead 5-1.
Neither team scored again until the bottom of the fifth when Buckhorn put their leadoff runner on with a walk and later drove that runner in with a sacrifice fly.
The Lady Bears then answered back in the sixth with a single from Tidmore followed by an RBI double from Kenzi Traylor to keep Plainview’s lead at four.
Buckhorn smacked three base hits in their half of the sixth and plated what turned out to be the game’s final run. The Lady Bucks had the tying run at the plate with two outs, but Boswell escaped further damage by forcing a lineout to left field. Boswell then retired the side in the seventh in four batters to seal the win for the 3A, No. 3-ranked Lady Bears.
Boswell struck out five, walked one and gave up two earned runs in seven innings Wednesday.
Trotter batted 2-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases. Tidmore was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Word, Kidd, Traylor, Puckett and Wells all had a hit and an RBI each.