Marlow has eye on state

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Mar 7, 2013 - 8:57:34 AM

Wakley BergnerFirst-year Marlow baseball coach Jeff Brewer could not be coming into much better of a situation than the one he came into after he was hired last spring to replace Brook Holding.
Brewer inherits a top-10 team with seven returning starters fresh off its first state playoff appearance in several years.
The new coach does have one advantage, though. He was able to coach his team during the summer to get a feel for what he had to work with.
“Having a summer to be with these guys was nice,” Brewer said. “Obviously, getting acquainted with all these guys and their personalities, and what their competitive nature is all about.
“But, for me, I’m accustomed to expectations being high no matter where I am at. That’s the way I am as a person – as a godly Christian man – I expect the best out of everybody.
“I wouldn’t be worth a darn if we didn’t have the good kids that we have. They’ve been raised in good environments, obviously setting a foundation for this place to be the way it is.”
Brewer said he wants to keep the momentum going.
“I’m from Washington, and we were used to winning in Washington,” Brewer said. “That’s all I know (is winning).
“Last year, being in Marietta was out of the ordinary for me. I wasn’t used to losing, going 10-20. It was a little different, but it was a humbling experience. It really makes you step back and be fortunate for good kids.
He emphasizes to his players on a daily basis to do their best each and every day.
“There is a purpose to what we do each and every day,” Brewer said. “I want to make them better men outside the baseball arena.”
Austin Forsythe is new behind the plate for Marlow, and Kelby Richardson is shifting from left to center field with Logan Knox taking the left field position. Wes Coast will have right field duties.
Senior Wakley Bergner, who was 11-2 last season, returns as the top pitcher on the mound. Senior Tyler Brite will be expected to get the starts when Bergner is not pitching.
“Those will be our senior leaders and we will expect them to throw strikes,” Brewer said. “They put us in the position to control the tempo of the baseball game.
“Our goal is for Wakley to get 15 wins this season,” Brewer said. “We should be able to pitch him on three days rest, twice a week.”
Beau Meshell is expected to provide middle relief with Trey Coffman coming in as the closer when he is needed.
Richardson is the top returning hitter with a .402 average last season. Shortstop Trey Coffman was next on the team at .388.
“Those two guys will be our one and two hitters, and we are expecting big things out of them,” Brewer said.
Marlow is expected to be strong up the middle. Besides Coffman and Richardson, junior second baseman Seth Scarbrough returns.
State high school baseball voters have acknowledged the Outlaws, ranking them fifth in Class 3A.
“I tell the kids, ‘Work, get better every dayand come April let’s make sure we are playing our best baseball come district time.
“That’s all that is expected. I’m going to push them, and they know the expectations and goals.”
Marlow returns to action today (Thursday) at Elgin.