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July 11, 2014

Outlaws show promise in summer

MARLOW — Marlow baseball fought through a rough start to finish 13-8 this summer, and while the record may not be what coach Jeff Brewer wanted, the experience was invaluable.

Brewer and the rest of the Outlaws know they are going to have to rely heavily on a talented freshman group to see them back to the Class 3A state semifinals for the third year in a row.

Tanner Ladon, Will Coffman and Austin Gilley are just a few of the highly-touted varsity newcomers that have been battling for playing time this summer. Recognizing that those players had a high level of talent, Brewer said he just wanted to get them game experience, so when the spring starts they’ll be used to the high school level.

“It speeds up on you, that’s what the freshmen figured out in a hurry,” Brewer said. “There are certain things they can do and there are certain things they can’t do to get away with things they’ve done in the past. With work, time, maturity and strength, those things will work out for them.”

Brewer has six returning starters who will aid that transition this spring. Of those six, four are upperclassmen who have already taken steps to becoming leaders on the team.

Leading the way is senior Beau Meshell, who fills in as the ace of the pitching staff after winning his second career state tournament game last season. With Meshell at the helm and Logan Knox, Brady Melton and Anthony Green alongside him, Brewer feels the Outlaws can replicate the success they have had in past seasons.

“You’ve got to have senior and junior leaders that say ‘this is what’s expected,’” Brewer said. “It’s a disciplined style of baseball and these guys that have been with me get it. That’s why with maybe some programs it’s a struggle to get them to come in, well these guys know what’s expected.”

Meshell said the success of the season will likely be determined at the state tournament in May. What the Outlaws do right now is just preparation for that point.

“Once you get to state everybody is about equally in competition,” Meshell said. “I think the ball is just going to have to fall for us. I think we’ve got enough talent to win it easily and to compete for it.”

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