With the start of the regional tournament Friday came a familiar trend for the No. 3 Marlow Outlaws baseball team.
Winning at home in a big way.
Thanks to two run-rule victories over Jones and Kingfisher, the Outlaws put themselves in pole position heading into the regional finals.
“We continue to do the things we need to do pitching wise and defensively,” Marlow coach Jeff Brewer said. “I challenged our kids to comeback against Kingfisher and they responded. We’ll continue to play hard and do the things we need to do, and the wins and losses will take care of themselves.”
MARLOW 11 JONES 1 F/5
Marlow wasted little time in welcoming Jones to Stone-Black Field with a wave of runs.
Three runs in the first inning sent the Outlaws on their way, before Jones struck back with an RBI single by Ty Hughes to make it 3-1.
However, this sprung MHS into action, as aggressive base running led to the fourth run of the game for the Outlaws.
Kelby Richardson scored on a double steal attempt, which saw Seth Scarbrough steal second in the process to make it 4-1 in the top of the second inning.
Trey Coffman then made it 5-1 with an RBI single, before later scoring on a double steal to make it 6-1.
Anthony Green would then make it 7-1 with an RBI single, before also scoring on a wild pitch to make it 8-1.
Austin Forsythe made it 9-1 with an RBI single, before scoring in the top of the fourth when Scarbrough was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Wakely Bergner then plated the final run of the game with a sacrifice fly RBI in the top of the fifth inning.
Bergner also got the win on the mound, throwing two innings of work. He allowed just one run on three hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Beau Meshell and Tyler Brite combined to throw three innings of shutout baseball in relief for the Outlaws (29-4).
MARLOW 13 KINGFISHER 3 F/6
If there was one lesson to be learned from MHS’ game against Kingfisher, it was don’t make the Outlaws angry.
After finding themselves down 2-1, Marlow exploded for 12 runs against the Yellowjackets, eventually claiming the run-rule victory.
Wakely Bergner collected the biggest hit of the game, with a walk-off single in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 13-3 for the Outlaws.
Seth Scarbrough gave Marlow the lead in the bottom of the first when he scored on a walk to Bergner, before Kingfisher struck back with two runs in the third inning by Dylan Blundell and Nick Smith.
Austin Forsythe and Bergner combined to give Marlow the lead back in the bottom of the third inning as Forsythe scored on a walk and drove in an RBI, while Bergner scored on a walk to make it 4-2.