The Marlow softball team will vie for the Class 3A State Championship this week after blowing through the regional tournament.
The Lady Outlaws had never hosted a regional tournament in coach Bryan Miller’s 21-year tenure, but they made the most of it, outscoring their opponents 30-1 in the three games last Thursday and Friday.
“We play well here,” Miller said. “The girls like to play here and they get to use their own locker room, so it’s always a good advantage. The ball carries here, and it didn’t hurt us today.”
Marlow opened the tournament with an 11-0 win over Marietta and an 11-1 win over Lindsay last Thursday. They closed out the tournament by beating Marietta 8-0 in the final on Friday.
“We played like we can play,” Miller said after the final out was recorded. “We’ve had times this year where we didn’t play very well and it showed, but when we play like we are capable of playing, this is what I expect out of this team. We will find out (this) week what we are made out of.”
Gigi Wall dominated on the mound, but she had a solid defense behind her and more than enough offense to keep the pressure off.
“This is a complete team,” Miller said. “Up and down the line-up they are doing things right, and when we do things we are going to show what we are capable of. We’ve got three more times to hopefully do it.”
The state tournament begins today (Thursday) at Firelake in Shawnee. Marlow opens with Davis at 1 p.m. Davis easily won its regional, defeating Beggs (17-0) and Holdenville twice (8-1, 13-3).
Davis ended the regular season with a 22-7 overall record and a No. 7 state ranking. Marlow is 28-5 and finished the regular season ranked No. 4 in the state.
Other teams in the state tournament field include: Sequoyah (Tahlequah), Hugo, Henryetta, Oktaha, Meeker, and Washington.
The trip to the state tournament ends a six-year drought for Marlow, which last made an appearance in 2007. Marlow last won the state championship in 1997.
“I’ll know better when the tournament starts on how it feels to get back there,” Miller said. “Right now, it doesn’t seem real. These girls here when they were in junior high, you knew they could be something special and now for it to pay off is a really good thing.”
Wall helped her own cause at the plate, hitting a home run in every game of the tournament. She was not the only one, however. Shayna Thorckmorton and Abbey Warren each belted solo homers in the final game.
In the first game, Wall hit a line drive over the left field fence. The second home run later in the day left little doubt after it came off the bat. The question was not if it would clear the fence, but if it would clear the scoreboard in left center. It did. Her third homer was just to the right of the scoreboard in Friday’s championship game.
Warren’s shot came right after she had fouled one over the fence. She drove the next pitch over the left field fence.
Throckmorton’s homer to right centerfield was back-to-back with Wall’s home run.
Wall pitched two one-hitters against Marietta, while surrendering four hits to Lindsay. The Marlow pitcher had a perfect game through six innings in the championship before giving up an infield single to the first batter in the top of the seventh.
Marlow 11, Marietta 0
Marlow scored four runs in the top of the second and seven more in the top of the third.
Corrie Moore had a big game at the plate for the Lady Outlaws. She had a bases-loaded double in the second and a two-run double in the third to finish with five RBI in the game.
Jordan Ridge drove in a pair of runs in the game and Warren, Wall, and Diamond Morris each had an RBI.
Wall pitched all five innings, giving up one hit, one walk, and striking out eight.
Marlow 11, Lindsay 1
The Lady Outlaws posted six runs in the second and never looked back.
Lindsay got its only run in the top of the third before Marlow added four in the fourth. Wall ended the game with a walk-off homerun in the sixth.
Warren drove in four runs for Marlow as she went 2-for-4 at the plate. Wall drove in two runs, while Kaytlyn Kizarr, and Moore added an RBI each,
Marlow pounded out nine hits in the game.
Wall struck out seven as she gave up her only run of the tournament.
Marlow 8, Marietta 0
Warren again had a big game for Marlow as she led the team with three RBI, including her home run. Wall drove in two runs, while Kizarr and Throckmorton added an RBI each.
Wall struck out 11 and gave up only one hit in the game.
Marlow advances to state
Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Oct 10, 2013 - 9:00:28 AM
By Todd Brooks
Oct 10, 2013 - 9:00:28 AM