A rivalry that has stood the test of time turned into a battle of district supremacy Monday evening at Comanche with both the Lady Indians and Lady Outlaws battling for first place in the district.
The game ended after 16 innings of play with the Lady Outlaws winning 4-2 with the game winning hit coming in the top half of the inning.
Both teams came in after big weeks the week prior with the Lady Outlaws finishing in the semi-finals of the Southwest Shootout in Sterling and Comanche getting two big district victories that set up a crucial game between the two at Comanche.
Marlow got some base runners on in the top half of the first inning, however, Comanche was able to erase the runners to keep the score tied at zero. Comanche was held off the base paths in the bottom half of the first inning with three straight ground outs to second base.
A two out rally with the number eight hitter and number nine hitter had the Outlaws reaching with the lead off and starting pitcher Jayleigh Totten coming up to bat to try and break the tie. Totten did by hitting a triple to right center to give Marlow the 2-0 lead over Comanche before a groundout ended the top half of the second.
Comanche got their first base runner of the game when Caity Blair hit a one out single up the middle but Marlow was able to get a line out double play by a catch from Marlow’s Dara Hunt and she was able to throw the runner out at first who was going on the pitch to end the threat.
Lady Outlaws got base runners in the top half of the third but a strikeout and a pop fly to Comanche’s Hannah Powell got the Lady Indians out. Comanche was only down by two with the bottom and top part of the order coming up in the bottom half of the third.
Gracee Miller got a lead off single up the middle and a sacrifice bunt moved her to second with Brooklin Bain up to hit. Bain hit a double up the middle to score Miller to cut the Lady Outlaws lead to 2-1 with senior Emily Roden coming up for Comanche.
Roden hit a weak grounder to third base and ran down the line and was able to beat the throw with Bain making it in all the way from second to tie the ball game up at two apiece after three innings of play.
Neither team was able to break the tie in the fourth inning of play and with Marlow getting a lead off walk from Carlie Payne. The Lady Indians switched pitchers to get three straight outs and make sure the Lady Outlaws runner was stranded at third.
As lead off hitter for Comanche in the bottom half of the sixth, Bain got on a ground ball which the Lady Outlaws short stop bobbled. Roden was up to bat and she laid down a sacrifice bunt with the speedy Bain making it all the way to third to put a runner in scoring position.
A strikeout from Totten and a fly out left Bain stranded at third keeping the score tied at 2-2 with one full inning left to play and both teams were trying to get one up on the other to send them to victory in the seventh inning of play.
Kinley Rendon came in to pitch for the Lady Indians and was able to shut down Marlow in the top half of the seventh with a ground out and two strikeouts to send Comanche needing only one run in the home half of the seventh to secure the victory.
Unable to score a run, the game then headed to extra innings. Both teams battled back and forth.
With the game on the line, the Lady Outlaws got a timely hit from Lyvia Bateman to take the 3-2 lead and an error scored her for the final run.
Totten who went the distance in the circle struck out the last Comanche batter to get the victory pitching all 16 innings.
Comanche plays at Dickson today at 4:30 p.m., while the Marlow Lady Outlaws play at Marietta today at 5 p.m.