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June 8, 2014

Area baseball teams rained out

LAWTON — With the final two days of the Lawton MacArthur tournament being rained out, the Duncan, Marlow and Central High baseball teams missed out on some significant opportunities to get playing time for their younger players.

Duncan head coach Tim Hightower was disappointed in the games being canceled, because the summer months are designed for future planning. He hoped with junior Mason Rogers out due to an injury and senior Mason Hightower at the Sun Belt Classic, the Demons could find some depth for the spring.

Duncan ended up missing just one game in the tournament, but any experience the players could get in a competitive environment is valuable.

“We need to play as much as we can over the summer,” Hightower said. “It’s disappointing that we don’t get to play, but that’s the way it works. We’ll get back to work next week.”

Duncan baseball has a busy schedule to open the week, hosting Lone Grove and Blanchard on Monday and Tuesday. Hightower hopes he can use those games to evaluate where the team has needs.

“It’ll give the opportunity for some of those younger kids to step up and prove that they can help,” Hightower said. “Any thing a kid can show to us that they can do for us at a consistent basis and can help us in the spring time, it’ll be better for our program.”

Marlow baseball coach Jeff Brewer is searching for depth as well. The Outlaws lost three starting seniors to graduation from their state semifinal run this past spring. They have three players in this year’s senior class, Logan Knox, Brady Melton and Beau Meshell, but Melton and Meshell are participating in the Sun Belt Classic.

Brewer has been enamored with the incoming freshman class so far this summer, and was hoping to see how they would deal with not having two of their main leaders.

“It’s a step into the future even more,” Brewer said. “We were really going to have to rely on doing the small things right, and see how those young guys took a step forward.”

With their games scheduled on Friday and Saturday, Marlow wasn’t able to play at all in the tournament. Instead they’ll start the week off on the road against Central High Monday and host Chickasha on Tuesday.

Both games will be tests for Marlow. The Chicks finished 26-13 last year in Class 5A, and the Class A Bronchos went 24-10. Brewer said Monday’s game will also be interesting because of the cross-town rivalry the two teams share.

“Those kids they chirp at each other a little bit,” Brewer said. “It’s always fun to go measure up and see where we stand with them, and where they stand with us.”

Central High didn’t play any games this weekend either. Coach Jeff Jones was a little disappointed, but knew going in that his team would be shorthanded because of some players participating in Cameron University’s basketball camp.

After Monday’s game versus Marlow, Central High won’t have any games until Thursday, when it starts its summer tournament. Even with the cancellations at MacArthur, Jones said the team has a tough schedule.

“We have to go into every (game) like it’s a playoff-type game,” Jones said. “If we don’t play well, we’re going to get beat pretty bad.”

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