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With each passing game, the Marlow baseball team becomes more and more dangerous.
The Outlaws (8-2) extended their winning streak to seven games, sweeping their first two contests at the Washington Spring Break Festival Thursday.
Marlow opened with an 8-1 win against Mangum and continued to roll with a 6-0 shutout of tournament host Washington.
“It comes down to us having more consistency,” Marlow coach Jeff Brewer said. “We’re pitching well and we’re having better at bats. I knew we could get on a roll once we got some wins and gained confidence.”
Marlow 8, Mangum 1
Facing the No. 17 Tigers, Marlow gave starting pitcher Tyler Brite all the insurance he needed and the team cruised to its sixth straight victory.
Marlow jumped ahead early with two runs in the second. It was all the scoring Brite would need.
Brite lasted five innings, allowing one earned one one three hits with three strikeouts to pick up his first win of the year.
“All I ask of my guys is to compete and we did that tonight,” Brewer said. “Our pitchers are stepping up and making the right throws every time we need them.”
The Outlaw bats weren’t satisfied, scoring two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and sixth and two more in the seventh.
Brite helped himself as much as he could at the plate, going two for four with two runs scored and an RBI double.
Second baseman Seth Scarborough also provided the offense, scoring two runs and earning a walk in three at bats.
In relief of Brite, Beau Meshell kept the Tigers bats at bay, going two innings without allowing a hit or run with six strikeouts to close the door on Mangum.
The Marlow defense played its part in Brite’s and Meshell’s success at the mound, as Marlow didn’t allow a single error.
Marlow 6, Washington 0
Marlow relied on the same formula that it used in the first game to win the nightcap: strong pitching and consistent hitting.
The team used the second inning to get things started in the second inning once again, taking a 1-0 lead. While Trey Coffman confounded Washington on the mound, his teammates gave him some breathing room.
One run in the third and fifth innings kept Marlow ahead, and the team all but clinched the win in the top of the seventh with three more runs.
Like Brite earlier in the day, Coffman went five strong to improve to 2-1 on the year.
The junior would not be denied, keeping Washington scoreless on three hits allowed. Marlow’s pitching has been its forte, as the team currently owns a 1.8 ERA.
Brite continued his offensive tear, plating four RBIs, scoring one run and blasting the team’s only home run.
Centerfielder Kelby Richardson was in a zone at the plate, going 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Once again, Marlow’s early lead was not to be touched with Meshell on the mound, as he kept Washigton scoreless and struck out three batters.
The Outlaws will try to stay hot when they take on No.9 Kingfisher at 7 p.m. tonight.
“The matchup sets up for a good one,” Brewer said. “They’ll have their number two pitcher and we’ll have our number one [Wakley Bernger] so you know it’s going to be a close game.”