The Duncan Banner
While it seemed like a foregone conclusion Marlow softball would be in the state playoffs, Friday’s 8-0 victory to secure the spot didn’t feel any less sweet.
For the third straight game in regionals, Marlow dominated a new opponent. This time it was Marietta, who, like the teams before it, couldn’t crack pitcher Gigi Wall. With eight runs of support, the game was never in question. At the end, Wall posed for photos while she held the plaque that bore “3A Division Regional Champions.”
“A lot of it can be contributed to us playing how we can play,” coach Kevin Miller said after the game. “We’ve had times this year where we didn’t play very well, and it showed. When we play like we can, this is what I expect out of this team.”
Catcher Kaytlyn Kizarr helped the team meet those expectations by providing a consistent threat on the base path and an impenetrable wall behind the plate. She took advantage of her speed again, scoring two runs in Friday’s victory.
“I just know if I’m on second and they hit it to the green, I’m scoring no matter what,” Kizarr said.
Abbey Warren and Wall fill the roster card behind the leadoff speedster and they didn’t give pitchers a chance to breathe during regionals either. Friday’s game showcased it with Walls and Warren both going deep. It wasn’t needed with how Wall pitched, though. Warren added that knowing this makes a huge difference.
“It puts more confidence in us knowing she’s going to do her job on the mound,” Warren said. “It gives us less stress when you’re up to bat.”