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March 27, 2014

Close wins a boost for Outlaws’ Confidence

MARLOW — Coach Jeff Brewer thinks No. 3 Marlow hasn’t been playing its best ball.

That being said, the Outlaws’ (7-2) only losses have come to Class 4A No. 1 Tuttle and 3A No. 16 Heritage Hall. So while they have won their last two games by small margins, 5-4 over Davis and 12-5 in 11 innings versus Elgin, Brewer expects the Outlaws to get better each game.

“The kids are not going out to fail, they’re trying their best, and we’ve got to keep that in perspective,” Brewer said. “Once we really start playing well, it’s going to go well for us.”

Marlow went on a scoring rampage to start the season, with 54 runs in its first five games. In each of their last three, the Outlaws failed to score more than five in regulation. For a team that usually lights up the scoreboard, it’s a foreign element to have to rely on pitching and defense to win tight games. Brewer thinks that could help the team later in the season.

“The more tough heartbreaking wins and losses you take, the more rollercoaster rides you take, the more battle tested you are going to be when it comes to competing for a championship,” Brewer said. “It’s all what makes the game of baseball so fun and hard to conquer.”

Marlow is the No. 1 seed and defending champion at the Sulphur tournament, which starts on Thursday. Senior Kelby Richardson will start the first game for the Outlaws. He hadn’t started a varsity game before entering this season, but has become a comfortable option for Brewer. While Richardson has been on his own rollercoaster of a year so far, Brewer expects him to keep improving as he gets more experience.

“Although he’s a senior leader and a guy that’s hit .400 the last two years, he’s a pup on the mound,” Brewer said. “That’s why there is a limited number of people to pitch, because it’s not easy.”

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