The Marlow softball team made too many miscues against a good team, costing them an opportunity to play for the state championship.
The Lady Outlaws committed seven errors and Washington hitters pounded out seven hits against Marlow pitcher Gigi Wall to down Marlow 6-3 in the state tournament semifinals on Friday afternoon.
“We wasn’t just the errors, but it was the way we made them,” Marlow coach Brian Miller said. “It wasn’t errors fielding the ball or fly balls, it was basically playing catch. That’s the hard thing about it. Four or five of those errors were just catching the ball and throwing the ball. It was just routine stuff, and that was the most frustrating part about it was giving them runs with stuff like that.”
Washington struck first in the top of the first inning with a run, but Marlow would answer with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.
The Lady Warriors tied the game in the top of the third with a run and then retook the lead for good in the top of the fourth with two runs for a 4-2 advantage.
Washington made it 5-2 in the top of the fifth before Marlow cut the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth.
“I think when we fell behind we got nervous more than the actual errors in the game,” Miller said. “I think everybody was waiting for somebody else to get that big hit or something, and nobody ever did.”
The Lady Warriors added an insurance run in the top of the seventh and held the Lady Outlaws scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to get the win.
All six runs by Washington were unearned. Wall struck out six and walked one.
Marlow only had four hits in the game and could not take advantage of six Washington errors and seven walks.
Abbey Warren and Shelby Elroy both went 1-for-3 with an RBI at the plate to lead Marlow. Jordan Ridge was 1-for-3 and Shayna Throckmorton was 1-for-4.
Marlow finished the season with a 29-6 overall record and the first regional championship since 2007.
Washington would go on to win the state championship 5-3 over No. 1-ranked Sequoyah-Tahlequah the next day.
The fact the Lady Outlaws did not win it all does not mean they had an unsuccessful season.
“We had a great season,” Miller said. “We went 29-6 and we split with the state champions (Marlow defeated Washington 5-4 during the regular season). I will put up our schedule against any other team.”
There is no reason to think the Lady Outlaws will not be able to continue their success into next year with only one senior on this year’s team.
“I don’t like to look too far ahead because you never know what is going to happen,” Miller said. “I like the fact that we don’t have to start over. We can pick up right where we left off from this year.”
Marlow 3, Davis 1
The Lady Outlaws opened the tournament by winning their 10th straight game with a dominating performance by Wall.
The junior hurler struck out 11 and allowed only one hit in the contest.
“I think the difference in the game was Gigi Wall brought her ‘A’ game,” Miller said. “She came out and was dominant from the beginning.”
Meagan Bourne, the only senior on the team, led the Lady Outlaws at the plate by going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. Kaytlyn Kizarr drove in the first run in the game in the bottom of the third with a triple that scored Diamond Morris.
Bourne drove in Abbey Warren and Kirstyn Elroy for the other two runs with one RBI in the fourth to break a 1-all tie and one in the bottom of the sixth to add an insurance run.
“Meagan was one of those players who was enjoyable to coach because you saw improvement in her in every year,” Miller said. “She came up with some big hits at last year’s regional tournament and this year’s state tournament. I was glad she was able to end her career in the state tournament. It will be something she can look back on.”
MHS state title bid falls short
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Oct 17, 2013 - 8:48:21 AM
Oct 17, 2013 - 8:48:21 AM