With conditions near perfect Monday afternoon at Stone-Black Field, the No. 3 Marlow Outlaws decided to make history against Pauls Valley.
With a 10-0 shutout of the Panthers, the Outlaws tied the single season record for victories with 28, as MHS has now won 13 straight games heading into the regional tournament.
“Regardless of who and when we’re playing, we’ve got to take care of business,” Marlow coach Jeff Brewer said. “We’ve had two different streaks throughout the year and we hope to continue this current one. But, we’re just going to take it one game at a time and one pitch at a time this weekend.”
Caleb Barber and Kolton Jones combined to bring home the runs that ended the game, as Jones slapped a walk-off two-RBI double with the bases loaded to make it 10-0 in the fifth inning.
The highlight of the game though, came in the bottom of the third inning when Wakely Bergner slammed a two-run homerun to left field, making the score 5-0, blowing the game open for the Outlaws.
Marlow’s first run of the game though, came by a stroke of luck amongst a sea of confusion in the bottom of the first inning.
With Seth Scarbrough on third base, his teammate Trey Coffman found himself in the middle of a rundown between second and third base.
Scarbrough then tried to take advantage of the situation, but soon found himself in a rundown predicament.
Ultimately though, the junior was too fast and safely slid home under the attempted tag from PVHS pitcher Brayden Jackson to make it 1-0.
Bergner then added a sacrifice fly RBI to make it 2-0 in favor of the Outlaws.
Kelby Richardson made it 3-0 when he scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third inning, with Tyler Brite collecting a two-RBI bloop single in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-0.
Coffman got the win on the mound for the Outlaws, throwing three complete, striking out three batters with two walks and one hit.
Brite threw two innings of relief for Marlow, striking out one and walking one batter.
Jackson took the loss for the Panthers, throwing two and two-thirds innings allowing five runs on three hits with four walks.
Marlow will begin play at the regional tournament starting on Thursday afternoon against Jones at 11 a.m.