Fresh off a second place finish at the Washington Tournament, the Marlow baseball team will try to build on its recent momentum when it faces one of its top tests of the summer Thursday.
The Outlaws (11-9) will return home to host Chickasha, a team that made it all the way to the first round of the Class 5A State Tournament, at 6 p.m. at Stone-Black Field.
Summer baseball is all about getting better for the spring, and Outlaws coach Jeff Brewer said the team has done just that since starting summer ball at the beginning of June.
“A lot of the younger kids are getting used to a new level of baseball, the pace and the process of playing with each other,” Brewer said. “They’ve learned that the speed of the game changes and are getting opportunities at new positions. Since the start, we’ve gotten better as a team.”
Marlow has also shown why it reached the 2013 Class 3A semifinal in recent weeks, winning five of its last six contests.
“I tell the kids that no matter what your role is, it’s going to be significant,” Brewer said. “Whether that’s starting or coming off the bench, if you do the best you can your role will be maximized and you will help our team.”
That state-bound team will not all be on the field against the Fighting Chicks. Marlow lost ace pitcher Wakley Bergner and star hitter Tyler Brite to graduation and will be without 2013 starters Seth Scarbrough and Beau Meshell. Brewer said Kelby Richardson will likely take the mound for the Outlaws.
For Brewer, this summer is all about taking the first steps toward returning to the state tournament for the third straight year.
“Obviously, there will be mistakes and teaching moments, those things are going to happen,” Brewer said. “We’re trying some different lineups and once the pieces start to fit the puzzle we plan to be ready to contend for a state championship.”
Marlow will also be back on the diamond Friday when Duncan comes to town.