The Marlow Outlaws made advancing to the state tournament look easy with three run-rule wins over the competition in the regional tournament last week in Marlow.
Saturday, the Outlaws put the final touches on the championship with a 13-3 win over Jones, the second win over the Longhorns in the tournament.
It was also a good helping of revenge for the Outlaws. Jones eliminated Marlow from the state tournament last year by a 1-0 score.
The Outlaws (31-4) have achieved all but two of their goals listed on the whiteboard in their locker room. Four of the items are already checked off: win districts, 30 wins, beat Sulphur, Kingfisher, Jones, win at Bricktown, and win regionals.
The two remaining are win state and have two all-staters.
“This is what we expect,” Marlow coach Jeff Brewer said. “It’s like I tell the kids from day one on Jan. 14, stay together, play hard, give God the glory, and things will take care of itself.
“That’s what we’ve been continuing to do. We got our 16th win in a row. It’s been a year of streaks, we won 14 in a row, and now we’ve won 16 in a row. We’re accomplishing the goals we set for ourselves.”
Because of the accomplishments, Brewer is proud of his team.
“All the credit goes to the kids,” he said. “The administration helps us out by giving us good facilities to let us do things right.
“It’s been nice, but we’re not done.”
The Outlaws got solid performances from all three phases of their game – hitting, pitching, and defense. Marlow committed only two errors in the three games, including turning a couple of double plays to help out the pitching.
Marlow jumped out early with four runs in the bottom of the first and three more in the second to take a 7-0 lead.
Trey Coffman, Tyler Brite, and Anthony Green all picked up RBI in the first inning.
Wakley Bergner, Seth Scarbrough, Coffman, and Brite picked up an RBI each in the second.
Jones made the game interesting with three runs in the third inning, but it would the final time they would get on the scoreboard.
Marlow added another run in the fourth and five more in the fifth, topped off by a two-RBI single by Bergner.
Bergner also picked up the win on the mound.
For Bergner, a senior, it feels good to get one last crack at the state tournament.
“It means a lot to be going back,” Bergner said. “Since the beginning of the year we talked about it was one of our goals to get back to the state tournament. Now that we did it, it means a lot. Now, we need to go and win it.
“It’s been a special year, the guys have come together, and we won 31 games, the most in school history, and it is a real accomplishment.”
Marlow advances to the state tournament where the Outlaws will play Kingston (24-9) tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. in the first round at Deer Creek-Edmond. The winner will play the winner of the Stroud/Vian Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Santa Fe-Edmond. The championship game is Saturday, noon, at Santa Fe.
Marlow 13, Kingfisher 3 (6)
Marlow found itself down in the early going, but the Outlaws responded in a big way, eventually claiming a run-rule in the sixth inning.
Wakley Bergner got the decisive hit with a walk-off single in the bottom of the sixth to get the win and advance Marlow to the championship game.
Marlow 11, Jones 1(5)
The Outlaws scored nine runs in the first two innings before finishing out the Longhorns with a run each in the fourth and fifth innings.
Marlow ace Wakley Bergner did not have his best stuff on the mound. He gave up a couple of hard hits in the first inning resulting in Jones’ lone run. His teammates, though, provided plenty of offense and he was helped out defensively by a double play in the second inning turned by shortstop Trey Coffman and first baseman Tyler Brite.
Marlow pushed three runs across in the top of the first. Brite drove one run with an RBI double, and Beau Meshell added a two-RBI single later in the inning.
Helped out by a couple of Jones errors in the top of the second, the Outlaws built a comfortable 9-1 lead. Coffman had an RBI single in the inning as did Anthony Green and Austin Forsythe.
Bergner drove across the final run in the top of the fifth with a sacrifice fly.
Marlow blows through regionals
Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
May 9, 2013 - 9:06:22 AM
By Todd Brooks
May 9, 2013 - 9:06:22 AM