SULPHUR, La. – After making it to the playoffs first the first time in 20 years, Evans picked picked up a quarterfinal win before losing the defending state champions in Class C.
The Lady Eagles were in a pitching duel up until the sixth inning, when Plainview put up eight runs in the top of the sixth inning.
"We fought the good fight for six innings," Evans head coach Floyd Stark said. "The circumstances dictated me to load the bases for their best hitter with one out. I chose to move in my infield, and they hit a ball over my shortstop. It is what it is. It found the ground. You can't give good teams extra outs."
Plainview scored two in the top of the seventh inning, and Evans was unable to rally, as it fell 10-0.
"I didn't want them on our side of that bracket, but they were," Starks said. "They didn't want us on their side of the bracket, either. I love these girls. I told them that they have two choices to make: get better or get bitter. I choose to make us better."
Up until the sixth inning, Jewel Sharbeno was lights out for the Lady Eagles, striking out 13 over seven innings.
"They didn't hit her hard until she got down on herself a bit," Stark said. "She did a good job, and I get her back next year. We're going to work in the offseason."
The Lady Eagles (20-5) lose a pair of seniors – shortstop Anna Martinez and catcher Bethany Kay – but the impact left behind from this team should help future squads.
"Those two girls worked for me," Stark said. "They were the disciplinarians and kept us focused. I'm going to miss their leadership. I got some girls that are going to step up."
In the quarterfinal game, Sharbeno led Evans to a 12-2 win over Summerfield in the Class C State Quarterfinals Thursday afternoon at Frasch Park in Sulphur.
“We executed at times and sometimes they didn’t execute,” Stark said. “They put the ball in play, and that’s all I ask of the girls. We made the routine plays.
“These girls keep fighting and showing up day after day. That’s all you can ask.”
Sharbeno went 2-for-4 with five RBIs while pitching all five innings, striking out 10 and giving up just one hit.
“When she’s on, she’s hard to hit,” Stark said. “We are working through a little soreness with her. She’s got five pitches that she uses. The blue was true behind the plate, and I don’t think he missed a strike.”