The Duncan Banner
No. 2 Marlow baseball defeated Fletcher 8-0 in five innings on Saturday in a game the Outlaws didn’t even know they were going to be playing in.
That’s because coach Jeff Brewer mixed up the tiebreakers. Noble, Sterling and Marlow (16-3) ended up one, two and three out of the Marlow pool in the Southern Oklahoma Invitational with the tiebreaker being least runs allowed after the three teams finished 2-1. After beating Class 4A No. 4 Sterling 8-4 on Friday, Brewer thought his team had scored a spot in the third place game. He was disappointed his team ended up in fifth, but was glad they still finished with a 3-1 record this weekend.
“It’s all the perspective and how you take it,” Brewer said. “Yes, we want to be in every championship possible to have success for our program, but you also have to keep it in perspective that we play 38 games and the ball isn’t always going to bounce your way.”
Marlow let up 27 runs in games against Ardmore, Noble and Sterling on Thursday and Friday. Brewer saved his ace Trey Coffman for Saturday, though, starting him against Fletcher. Coffman struck out 10 in the complete game shutout. Even with his success, Brewer said he wouldn’t have altered his strategy if he hadn’t mixed up the tiebreaking rules.
“We try to set up our rotation so that our guys at the top end of the rotation get at least four days of rest,” Brewer said. “Our main objective was to win three of four.”
It capped off 14 days in which Marlow played 12 games. The Outlaws record in that stretch was 11-1, which Brewer called “unbelievable.” He is excited for the team to have four days off before they heads to Kingfisher/Piedmont tournament.
“It’s a testament to the guys mentally grinding it out and physically grinding it out, because man, I’m drained a little bit too,” Brewer said. “It’s going to be a good four day break for us to recharge the battery and get things going back.”
Marlow is going to get a chance at revenge next week’s tournament. They will face No. 8 Heritage Hall in pool play and possibly face Noble in the championship. Brewer is excited about the opportunity, but hopes his team won’t lose focus on the real goal, a state championship.