The Duncan Banner

October 3, 2013

Lady Outlaws take spot among the best

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

MARLOW — Coming into the season, Marlow High School softball coach Brian Miller knew his pitcher Gigi Wall was going to be a dominant force on the mound. What he didn’t know was the hard work the rest of the team was going to put in to make a significant push as one of the best 3A teams in the state.

The Outlaws host regionals Thursday, opening play at noon against Marietta. In the other first-round game, Lindsay plays Tishomingo at 2 p.m.

Knowing this season presented a great chance at making a long run into the playoffs, a few players in particular made extremely large strides at the plate.  One of them is everyday third baseman Corrie Moore, who went from being a defensive specialist to penciled in at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

“She’s come a long way,” Miller said after Wednesday’s practice. “She does a great job and probably has the best hands on the team at third base.”

Moore credited her improvement to the increased pressure that came with this being her second year on the team.

“I had to step up this year,” Moore said. “I just don’t want to let anyone down.”

For a player that said fielding “just comes easy to her”, Moore’s biggest fan has to be Wall. The Outlaws best pitcher attributed the team’s success to the work ethic of players like Moore who made massive improvements.

As far as Wall’s biggest improvements, she said that her decision making process when pitching became more complex. Now she is using her pitches to set up other pitches more often.