SULPHUR – Matched up against the top team in Class C, Evans' bats could not barrel up any balls as Plainview sealed its spot in the championship game.
Lady Hornet pitcher Madison Pippen threw a perfect game, knocking off No. 4 Evans 4-0 Friday afternoon at Frasch Park in Sulphur.
"We didn't do what we needed to do," Evans head coach Floyd Stark said. "We didn't execute at the plate, and they did. They got timely hits, and we didn't. I love those girls. They still fought and had tears in their eyes. They still fought, and that's all you can ask for.
"I want them to call me when they are having a baby, and I want them to call me when they are getting married. That's just the kind of relationship that we have with them. I love that group of girls."
The loss marks the final game for eight Evans seniors whose careers are capped off with back-to-back Class C semifinal appearances.
"Every team in Class C right now has a lot of seniors," Stark said. "Next year, it could be a free-for-all. It could be four new teams here next year.
"These girls worked, and I was happy to coach them. I wish the best for them in whatever the pursue in life."
Evans pitcher Jewel Sharbeno held the best offense in the Class C in check, giving up four runs and striking out seven over seven innings.
"It should have been 2-0," Stark said. "We started not healthy, and we are just getting back healthy. My left fielder doesn't usually play there. In the middle of the year, we were unhealthy and never really recovered."
Plainview, the two-time defending state champions, went up 1-0 in the fourth inning on an RBI single.
In the top of the sixth, the Lady Hornet offense starting rolling, led off by a solo home run by Alex Harrison.
They added two more runs – one off an RBI single and another on a passed ball – to take a 4-0 lead with three outs remaining for Evans.
The Lady Eagles went 1-2-3 in the top of seventh to give Plainview the win.
"(Pippen) jammed us," Stark said. "She kept us off-balanced and hit that inside spot. She lived there, and it's like they say 'you do what pays the bills.' Our girls couldn't' get their hands straight. One of the things I told the girls is that I didn't prepare you well enough for what she does. We didn't get our hands through the zone, and I'll take some of the blame."