Plainview’s Ben Williamson tossed a no-hitter against Area-rival Sylvania on Tuesday night.
The senior standout pitcher fanned nine and gave up two walks at the mound for the Bears, and the Bears’ bats led Plainview to the 8-0 victory at Sylvania.
Plainview increased its record to 7-6 overall and 3-0 in Class 3A, Area 14 play with the win.
Bears’ head coach Phil Johnson said Williamson’s pitching was sharper against the Rams than it had been all year.
“He got ahead of hitters early, and he was able to get into counts where he kind of dictated what he would throw,” Johnson said. “His off-speed pitches were probably sharper than it’s been all year.
“He’s a fastball, curveball, changeup guy, but they’ve got a lot of right-handed hitters, and he’s a right-handed arm, so the curveball was big for him yesterday.”
At the plate for the Bears, Kolton Farmer had a pair of hits and two RBIs, Cade Willingham had two hits and one RBI, Trent Brown had a two hits and one RBI and Trevor Gibson, Austin Brown and John David Martin all had one hit. Martin and Brown also knocked in one, too.
Johnson’s team has done a good job so far this season of putting players on base and doing whatever it took to get them around the bags.
The first-year coach said when this combination of hitting and base running gets going for the Bears, then the runs could start to add up quickly.
“We did a good job (at the plate),” Johnson said. “We scored in four of the first five innings, and the sixth inning was a four-run inning for us. We hit a lot of singles, and we were able to run and steal some bases. We did a good job of getting guys into scoring position, we had good at-bats and we got them in.”
Johnson said the two teams were on the schedule to meet at Plainview on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. as long as the weather was cooperative. He said the game would be the same time and place Friday if the game was rescheduled, though.