The Duncan Banner

Sports

October 9, 2013

Handling state pressure

Miller: Lady Outlaws have as good a chance as anyone else

MARLOW — Marlow softball sophomore catcher Kaytlyn Kizarr knows full well the pressure’s on her and her team, as it heads to the Ball Fields at Firelake in Shawnee for the state playoffs on Thursday.

One of the smaller players on the team, Kizarr has provided a big impact. Her roles of leadoff hitter and starting backstop come with a leadership requirement, even if coach Brian Miller didn’t tell her that at the beginning of the season.

“The other players, they think of me as a leader,” Kizarr said before Tuesday’s practice. “I try my best and just keep letting them believe that.”

While Kizarr is a bit shy of putting added pressure on herself, she can’t wait to be the first player to hit in Thursday’s opening game against Davis.

“I like it, because I normally do get on,” Kizarr said. “It relaxes everybody.”

At least Kizarr won’t feel out of place at the stadium. The Outlaws played there at the Tuttle Tournament in  August. The field isn’t the only thing that the team expects to be familiar. Junior Abbey Warren, verbally committed to Cameron University, isn’t expecting too much of a downturn from the offense.

If that holds true, Marlow will be in good position every game, because its junior pitcher Gigi Wall can pitch with anyone. Miller thinks that anyone can win the tournament, even the No. 4 seeded Outlaws.

“I think we are a four or five team, but do we have the potential to win it all? Yeah, I believe that also,” Miller said. “It’s how you handle the pressure. Right now, we’re playing as good or better than any team around, but how do we handle the pressure of the mystique of being at the state tournament?”

Miller went on to mention the importance of getting past the first game, where eyes will be a bit wider than any point in the tournament. That first game will start at 1 p.m. on field four.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 4-24 duncan baseball photo.jpg Demon baseball to face best in Class 5A

    The Duncan baseball team will see the best Class 5A has to offer at the McAlester Shootout Thursday through Saturday.
    Demon coach Tim Hightower described the event as a “pre-state tournament” because many of the teams attending are state tournament contenders.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-24 duncan girls soccer photo.jpg Soccer teams finish season at home

    The Duncan soccer teams won’t go to the postseason, but they have plenty to play for Friday night against Western Heights.
    It’s the last home games for the Demons and it’s Senior Night. The girls will look to finish near .500 for the season, while the boys want a good showing against a tough opponent.

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Chamber Golf Classic proves to be popular event

    When word got out that entries would be accepted for the Duncan Chamber Golf Classic, set for Friday at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club, it didn’t take long for people to respond.
    As club general manager Mike Hansen put it: “They sent out an e-mail and filled it up in a day.”

    April 24, 2014

  • Thunder look to bounce back

    During the hey day of L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a new term was added to the lexicon. Anyone who seemingly was able to slow down the prolific scorer was automatically dubbed the Kobe Stopper.
    Players such as Ruben Patterson, Raja Bell, Shane Battier, Ron Artest and Bruce Bowen all had the tag attached to their name, despite Bryant putting up big numbers against them.

    April 24, 2014

  • Surviving the first day VA survives first day

    Alec Richardson is making a run at becoming Velma-Alma baseball’s Reggie Jackson.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-23 duncan baseball photo.jpg Demons hoping for top-four finish

    The Duncan baseball team will need to take care of business next week in its final District 2-5A games.
    The Demons are 7-5 in district (16-9 overall) after dropping both games of a doubleheader at Carl Albert Monday, 8-1 and 4-1. The Titans (13-1, 26-4) won the district title.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Girls soccer gets it done at Altus

    The Duncan girls soccer team battled in a tough environment at Altus to win 1-0 Tuesday.
    Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay said it was frustrating at times for the girls because of some questionable calls the officials made. But she was happy the girls pulled together to win.

    April 23, 2014

  • Meshell shines as Outlaws beat Warriors

    The Marlow baseball team got help from Beau Meshell on the mound and at the plate in a 7-4 home victory against Anadarko Tuesday.
    Meshell held Anadarko to one earned run off three hits and did not walk a batter. He reached base three times, had one run batted in and scored one run.

    April 23, 2014

  • Girls golfers take fourth at Deer Creek

    The Duncan girls golfers took fourth at a tournament hosted by Deer Creek High School at Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond Tuesday.
    Lady Demon coach Steve Etheridge said that the girls played as well as they have all year. Although the golfers struggled putting on some fast greens, Etheridge was happy with their overall performance.

    April 23, 2014

  • Empire softball tries to spark offense

    The Lady Bulldogs are trying to find a way to spice up their offense in preparation for the Class 3A slowpitch softball playoffs.
    Empire has played a tough schedule, with four of the first seven games coming against ranked opponents. However, coach Tony Roberts thinks the team just needs to have some more timely hitting to get on the winning track.

    April 23, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents
Poll

Who do you favor for the U.S. Senate seat that Tom Coburn is giving up?

State Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton
U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Edmond
State Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City
Former State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso
     View Results