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Senior pitcher Gigi Wall struck out 11 and senior Megan Bourne had a game-high two hits as Marlow won its state quarterfinal game 3-1 against Davis.
Wall’s performance was the most recent episode of what has been a outstanding season for the right-handed hurler. She allowed only two runs in the team’s three regional games and is expected to start both the semifinal Friday and the final Saturday if the Outlaws make it that far. Against Davis, only two hitters were able to reach base and Wall was never really tested.
“She’s just so calm all the time,” Bourne said. “She is always in control of the situation and never lets anything get on her.”
Coach Brian Miller pointed out that Wall was entirely focused on the game from the first pitch. This big outing is something Miller has been hopingfor all year from Wall. She wasn’t the only one who stepped up, though. Sophomore catcher Kaytlyn Kizarr joined Bourne as the only players to reach base twice in the game. Bourne’s performance was especially meaningful as this is her final year.
“I knew my team was behind me all the way no matter what happened,” Bourne said. “Talking to God right before I went up there to hit was what kept me calm and let me hit the way I did.”
The Outlaws had three extra-base hits, which led to jumping out to an early lead. That lead added to Wall’s calmness and confidence on the mound.
“Scoring early helped us,” Miller said. “I think she really settled down and relaxed even more.”