10-1 MHS softball

Marlow’s Taylor Leippe, left, throws to first base as pitcher Kailee Roe, right, and Bretlie Richardson watch Friday at Purcell.

Consistency was overmatched by explosiveness Friday, as Blanchard knocked Marlow from the softball playoffs with a 7-6 win in Purcell.

The Lady Outlaws finish their season at 26-16, and exit the playoffs after going 1-2 in the Class 4A Purcell regional. Blanchard went on to make it to state with two wins over Purcell. The Lady Lions won 5-1 in the first game, before coming back to win 5-4 in the final game.

Marlow possessed the steady hand against Blanchard, but saw the Lady Lions score four in the first and two in the seventh. Marlow scored one run in four separate innings, and two in the sixth. That steady play was overshadowed as Blanchard scored two runs in the seventh to overcome a one-run Marlow advantage to start the inning.

Marlow’s defense was uncharacteristic in the top of the seventh, as the Lady Outlaws committed two costly errors and walked home the final run of the game with the bases being loaded.

“We had some inconsistent play with errors at the end,” Marlow head coach Brian Miller said. “That’s how we’ve been all year. If we play sound defense and swing well then we win our games. They are a really good team, but we could have won this game. We fought really hard and kept battling. It was a game with two good teams.”

Marlow’s Kailee Roe received the loss, throwing a complete game in which she allowed nine hits and five earned runs. Roe, who is a freshman, struck out one and had a rare day with five walks. She was able to strand six Lady Lions in the game.

“She pitched well in the game,” Miller said. “She got in trouble in the first inning by leaving the ball up high, but she buckled down and pitched well in the rest of the game.”

Christi Harrell earned the win for Blanchard. Harrell, who was on the winning side in the Lady Lions’ win on Thursday matchup against Marlow, as well, struck out two but limited walks to one.

Sarah Coast went 2-for-4 for the Lady Outlaws in the game, including a RBI single in the first inning to drive in Bretlie Richardson for Marlow’s first run of the game.

Richardson went 2-for-4 for Marlow as well, including a RBI single in the fifth inning.

Senior Stephanie Hines matched her teammates’ efforts at 2-for-4. Hines picked up a sixth inning double. Hines’ leadoff double in the inning set up the tying run as Haley Harris brought Rachel Enos, who pinch ran for Hines, home from third base on a Blanchard error.

Marlow took its first lead of the game, as senior Jane Frazier drove a RBI single to left field to score fellow senior Kimberly Turley from third base.

Blanchard took advantage of Marlow miscues, scoring its runs off an error and the bases loaded walk.

Taylor Leippe added a single to the Marlow total with a RBI hit in the second inning.

Marlow loses four seniors from this year’s roster, but will see six starters return next season.

“It’s been an extremely fun season because these girls are fun to coach,” Miller said. “They enjoy being out there each and every day. They work really hard, which makes it fun to keep coaching. We are really young, so we’ll be back next year.”

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