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April 10, 2013

Outlaws try to keep momentum going

DUNCAN — With the way the Outlaws have played the last month, there might not be a more dangerous team in Class 3A than the Marlow baseball team right now.

Fresh off a walk-off win at home against Tuttle Tuesday, the No.3 Outlaws (17-4) will take plenty of momentum into the Kingfisher Piedmont Tournament Thursday.

The Outlaws have won 16 of their last 18 games, including a 14-game winning streak in March.

“We need to continue gaining momentum and get ourselves another 14-game winning streak that can take us into state,” Outlaws coach Jeff Brewer said. “We haven’t reached our goal yet and we still have plenty of work to do at this point in the season.”

A key to the Outlaws success has been the efforts of senior pitcher Wakley Bergner, who owns an ERA of less than two as the team’s number one pitcher.

As a whole, the staff that Bergner anchors has thrived, allowing four runs or less in all but one of its last nine games.

On offense, Marlow has been helped at the leadoff spot, where senior centerfielder Kelby Richardson has maintained a batting average of more than .400 this season.

Following the 14 game winning streak, Marlow hit a bump in the road with back to back losses to Blanchard and Bethel but has bounced by with wins against Jones and Tuttle.

In its win against the Class 4A No.3 Tigers, Marlow overcame a challenge it has faced all season: beating Class 4A opponents. The Outlaws only four losses – defeats to Bethel, Blanchard Elgin and Tuttle have all come against Class 4A competition.

Playing in its third tournament of the season, the Outlaws will hope to continue its success in those situations, as it owns a 6-1 record at neutral sites.

Marlow opens the tournament against fellow Class 3A foe Mount Saint Mary, who has dropped its last three contests.

Things could get more difficult in its next game against Noble, the No. 5 team in Class 5A. The Bears (23-1) have dropped just one game and are 15-0 away from home.

The Outlaws will then face the team that Noble beat in the finals of last week’s Newcastle Tournament, Class 2A No. 4 team Christian Heritage.

The tournament finals will commence Saturday at a time that has not yet been decided on.

The Outlaws will begin play at 5:45 p.m. Thursday against the Rockets.

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