By The Banner Staff
The Duncan Banner
Following four memorable seasons with the Outlaws that culminated with an appearance in the Class 3A State Tournament semifinals, Marlow’s Wakley Bergner and Tyler Brite took the first steps in the next phase of their baseball journey Tuesday.
The pair will continue to share the diamond on the college level, signing their letters of intent to play at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas.
“They’re both impact players and good character people,” Marlow coach Jeff Brewer said. “With the hard work they’ve put in, they get all the credit. We’re going to miss them, but they’re always going to be Outlaws.”
For Bergner and Brite, who each will receive an athletic scholarship, the chance to play right away played a big role in their decision to play for the Cardinals.
“I’m excited and ready to go play,” Bergner said. “I was told I’ll be able to play shortstop and pitch and being able to play right away is great too.”
Brite said spending time with the Cardinals coaches also influenced his choice, citing their experience as a reason why he chose LCC.
Both players will leave a lasting legacy at Marlow. Brite was the heart of the Outlaws lineup in his senior season, batting .461 and being named the Duncan Banner 2013 All-Area Player of the Year. Bergner found success on the mound early and often, notching 30 career wins and was named the Duncan Banner 2013 All-Area Pitcher of the Year.
“It’s a testament to the program and it pushing the program up another notch,” Brewer said. “The expectations are now set for guys to get scholarships next year and hopefully around this time next year we’re doing this again.”
While the players knew it was possible for them to compete side by side, Brite said it was not something that was planned.
“We knew it’d be cool to play together again, but we said we weren’t going to let that affect where we’re going to play,” Brite said. “In the end it worked out where we got to go to the same place. It’s always easier going in with someone you know instead of going up by yourself. It will help a lot.”
Bergner will study secondary education with hopes of becoming a coach after college while Brite will enter LCC’s physical therapy program in an effort to work in sports medicine.