The Duncan Banner
Back in the state tournament for the second year in a row, the most important time of the year has arrived for the Marlow baseball team.
The No. 3 Outlaws (31-4) will hope to ride the momentum of a 16-game winning streak when it faces No.8 Kingston in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Deer Creek High School in Edmond.
Playing on the road could prove to work in the the Outlaws’ favor, as the team is 21-4 in away games while six of the Redskins nine losses came away from home.
The Outlaws also hold the edge when it comes to playing top competition – Marlow has gone 5-2 against teams ranked in the Top 10 while Kingston finished the regular season just 1-6 in those contests.
Marlow hopes to improve upon its effort at state last season, where they fell to Jones 2-0 in the quarterfinals.
The team’s starting pitcher from that game has been the key for Marlow on the mound in 2013. Working as the team’s top pitcher all season, senior Wakley Bergner enters Thursday’s contest with an earned run average below two. Bergner was honored for his efforts this week, being named to play in an all area senior game May 19.
Leadoff man and centerfielder Kelby Richardson will hope to continue driving the Marlow offense after hitting for a batter average above .400 in the regular season.
The winner of the quarterfinal matchup will face either No. 2 Vian (32-2) or No.9 Stroud (27-4) in the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Friday from Edmond Santa Fe High School.
Other quarterfinal matchups include two-time defending state champion No.1 Verdigris (29-2) versus Oklahoma Christian School (18-14) and No.4 Spiro (27-6) taking on No. 5 Salina (25-9)