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Marlow softball’s season-long journey ended in a 6-3 loss in the 3A state semifinal game at the hands of eventual state champion Washington, on Friday.
For the first time this postseason, a team was able to get ahold of junior pitcher Gigi Wall, and her defense wasn’t there to help her out at all. The Outlaws had seven errors in the game after being one of the better fielding teams this season. When in the batter’s box, Marlow just couldn’t get the hits when it needed them the most. Overall, the game was just a sloppy performance, and coach Brian Miller was upset due mostly to the fact that the team seemed a lot better than it played.
“It’s disappointing that we didn’t give Washington the best game we could,” Miller said. “I would just like to have played our best game and them play their best game, then see who wins, if it was up to me.”
Too many throwing errors and players left on base doomed the Outlaws. Fortunately, given the age of the team — only one senior on the roster — there is a lot to be learned from this performance. The pieces are in place to make a run next year and sending off senior Megan Bourne in the state playoffs was a big accomplishment.
“My team did what it set out to do, to make it to the state tournament,” Bourne said. “We wanted to win it but making it was our original goal. The main thing that we can remember is that we can beat ourselves and that is exactly what happened.
“There’s not another feeling like playing in the state tournament. It’s amazing.”
Now, Marlow will increase the goals to the next level. With a .500 hitter in Kaytlyn Kizarr, a strong power hitter and pitcher in Walls, a vastly improved third baseman in Corrie Moore and consistent threats up and down the lineup, Marlow is positioned to make an even deeper run next year. The Outlaws will be one of the favorites for the 3A state title and Bourne is very enthusiastic about the program even with her absence.
“You’re going to see this team holding a state championshiptrophy for class 3A,” Bourne said. “They’ll be able to hold that state championship trophy above their heads next year and say that they are number one.”