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February 28, 2014

Outlaws focused on winning state title

MARLOW — With seven starters returning, Marlow baseball heads into the spring focused on making a run at the state title.

The Outlaws went 32-5 and were in the Class 3A state semifinals last year. Coach Jeff Brewer has high hopes for the season, which is driven by a group that has handled that pressure before.

“The community has poured into the program and the kids love to play in it at a high level,” Brewer said. “It’s like clockwork. We plan on being in the state tournament and competing for championships every year regardless of pressure and expectations.”

Brewer has his most experienced players at the most critical points on the field. Backstop Austin Forsythe, shortstop Trey Coffman and Kelby Richardson form an all-senior wedge that will be able to provide good defense for any pitcher on the mound.

“Up the middle we’re really good,” Brewer said. “That puts us in good situations, because we have experience.”

As for the pitchers Coffman went 10-3 in 2013 and junior Beau Meshell had an 8-0 record. Coffman also had an above .400 batting average as a junior. Him and Richardson will be the main cogs in the Marlow lineup.

The seniors on the team made the state tournament the last two years. Last year was the first state tournament win in school history. In Brewer’s mind that makes them battle tested.

“They’ve played under pressure and won big games,” Brewer said. “We set a lot of records and did a lot of good things.”

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