The Duncan Banner
In the span of five minutes, months of hard work for the No. 3 Marlow Outlaws came crashing down.
Back-to-back hits by Vian in the bottom of the seventh inning, including a walk-off single by Dan Weer, gave the No. 2 Wolverines an 8-7 victory over the Outlaws in the state semifinals from Edmond Santa Fe High School.
“As tough as it is, we grinded and played hard out there,” Marlow coach Jeff Brewer. “It’s hard to put into words how you feel, but we did make history. Winning 32 of 37 games was a huge accomplishment for us. We didn’t make any errors, just walked too many guys. We’ve got great kids and we’re going to grind whether we’re up 20 or down 20. We’ll be back, this isn’t the end for us.”
Before VHS flooded the field in celebration, the Outlaws put more than just a scare into the No. 2 team in the state.
Finding themselves down 5-0 after the first inning, Marlow fought back to within three runs at 6-3 heading into the fifth inning.
Then, the Outlaws really gave their fans something to cheer about.
First, it was junior catcher Seth Scarbrough slapping an RBI double down the first base line, making the score 6-4.
Scarbrough was brought home thanks to an RBI single from junior pitcher Trey Coffman, whose base hit just made it through the right side into the outfield, making it a one run game at 6-5.
Finally, a stroke of luck shined down on the Outlaws as senior Tyler Brite scored all the way from second base after a botched throw from VHS catcher Dan Weer, tying the game at 6-6.
Unfortunately, the Wolverines were one step ahead in the bottom half of the inning.
Sophomore Denver Coffee collected an RBI single to make it 7-6, putting the pressure back on the Outlaws.
Like they had done all season though, MHS responded with a run of their own in the sixth inning.
Once again it was Scarbrough, slapping an RBI single to score sophomore Logan Knox, putting the game all even heading down the home stretch.
Marlow had its chances to claim the lead in the seventh inning with two runners on base, but a successful cover on an attempted sacrifice bunt by the Wolverines combined with a double play, ended the Outlaws hopes.
But, the real damage was done in the first inning, when the Wolverines struck with plenty of intensity and runs.
After a sacrifice fly RBI by senior Rowdy Simon, VHS was up 2-0 when junior Jon Andrews knocked an RBI single into the outfield.
The real backbreaker of the inning came with the bases loaded, giving Simon an opportunity to smash a three-RBI double into left center field, putting Vian up 5-0.
Marlow got on the board in the top of the second, when sophomore Beau Meshell collected two RBI’s courtesy of a throwing error at first, which allowed him to end up on second, making the score 5-2.
Brite then slapped an RBI single to score junior Kelby Richardson, cutting the deficit to 5-3.
Coffman took the loss on the mound for the Outlaws, throwing seven inning of work. He allowed seven hits with seven walks and six strikeouts.
Troutman got the win for the Wolverines, also throwing a complete game. He allowed nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts, along with his team combining for seven errors.
Marlow finishes its first season under head coach Jeff Brewer with a school record 32 wins, along with the Outlaws’ first appearance in the state semifinals. MHS also claimed its second consecutive regional championship.
“Win or lose we’re going to handle ourselves with class and character,” Brewer said. “This is a group effort, not just the kids or the coaches. So many people have put a lot of time and sacrifice into this program to make us better, and make these kids better men. We’re very appreciative for all the help and support we’ve gotten this season.”