The Duncan Banner

March 16, 2014

Melton shines in relief versus Madill

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

MARLOW — Marlow baseball used an eight-run fifth inning to run-rule Madill in an 11-3 win.

Brady Melton picked up his team-leading second win of the season. He relieved Kelby Richardson, the only other Outlaw to earn a win this year, after Richardson struggled with control. The senior starter, who allowed one hit through four innings in the season opening 9-0 win versus Comanche, walked eight and surrendered the ball with the game tied 3-3 in the third. Coach Jeff Brewer was disappointed in Richardson’s confidence given that he had such a strong outing during his previous start.

“There’s nine guys on the field,” Brewer said. “Let your guys help you out. That’s what I tried to preach to him.”

That’s when the lefty came on for his third appearance out of the bullpen in four games for Marlow (3-1). Melton shut out Madill in the fourth and fifth. After two walks in the final inning versus No. 17 Sulphur almost came back to bite him, he was in control on the mound with just one walk and three strikeouts.

“When you can throw strikes, go right at batters and get ahead in the count early, that gives your team, coaches and yourself a lot of confidence,” Brewer said. “That’s what we need. Later in the season, defense and pitching is going to be our Achilles heel. We’ve got to be able to stop people.”

The Outlaws have flown out of the gate to start the season. They tied their season-high on Friday with 11 runs, and have scored 39 runs in four games. Catcher Austin Forsythe had been one of the key components to the offensive output. He added two RBIs versus Madill, including the one that secured the run-rule victory.

Brewer knew his backstop had that potential, but wasn’t sure it would come out after he hit .260 in the eighth spot last year.

“He put a lot of hard work in during the offseason,” Brewer said. “That’s the kind of people I want around. That’s a testament to him as one of our seniors, saying I’m going to put you guys on my back.”

The Outlaws will have a break before they return to practice on Wednesday. They will host the Marlow Festival on Thursday.