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July 1, 2014

Marlow softball kicks off its summer season

MARLOW — As Marlow softball starts its summer season, it’s still thinking about last fall.

Facing Washington in the semifinals, the Lady Outlaws failed to make their dream of a state championship come alive.

While that disappointment hasn’t faded, it spurns on a team that returns every starter including pitchers Gigi Wall and Shelby Elroy.

“Last year we had it,” Elroy said. “I think it’s motivating us more to actually win.”

It’s not the only motivation for the girls. There’s a new scoreboard up, new shades behind the stands and a new sign out on the road to show where Marlow softball’s home is. Coach Brian Miller said that the program has always had great support from the community and the school, but that the new additions are great to have.

“It helps when you’ve had good teams over the years and have a good following,” Miller said. “It’s a good place to play softball.”

Five of Marlow’s players participated on tournament teams this summer, but playing with the school is different. The Lady Outlaws donned new jerseys for the games Monday, which said Outlaw Pride with the ‘I’ replaced by a No. 1. It’s that type of mentality that makes junior Kaytlyn Kizarr, one of the team’s leaders, enjoy her time even more when she’s around her school team.

“We know each other more, and I can get onto them,” Kizarr said. “I know they won’t be mad at me.”

Kizarr and Wall play on the same tournament team during the summer, but Kizarr said she’s been impressed with Elroy’s development. While Wall still remains the starter, Miller doesn’t seem hesitant to pull the trigger on starting Elroy.

“She’s really stepped up pitching wise,” Kizarr said. “We need another one, because Gigi can’t do it all if we play six games in a row at Sterling tournament she can’t.”

Rotating Wall and Elroy was the plan for the four games on Monday. However, the competition is not on the games, but on the practices where Marlow can improve the most.

“The games, I don’t put a lot of emphasis on it,” Miller said. “It’s our practices during the summer which s where we are getting most of our stuff done.”

Miller hopes he can get the players who weren’t on the tournament teams back into a rhythm on the field. His goal is to have the team playing its best when the playoffs start.

“Right now doesn’t mean anything,” Miller said. “About the second week of September, we want to be playing the best we can play all year long.”

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