After taking care of business against Comanche to clinch the district title, the Marlow Outlaw Baseball team will now turn their attention to a regional assignment which has two top 10 teams in 3A baseball.
Marlow High School will start their regional against No.10 Holdenville High School on Thursday afternoon.
All regional games will be hosted by Kingston High School and first pitch will take place at 1 p.m. for the Outlaws.
With it being double elimination, Outlaws Head Coach John Morgan knows the region will be tough, but believes his team has confidence going into the tournament with a season high four game winning streak.
“We have to keep doing what we have been doing and trying to get better,”Morgan said. “I think we have played well, we beat Chickasha yesterday and they are a top 4A School and would be a top 5A School if they were still in 5A and that is a good win as far as our confidence goes.”
Marlow got the 5-3 win over Chickasha on Monday afternoon to push the winning streak to four for the Outlaws and Morgan believes the pitching staff for his team has gotten better in the last few weeks.
“We are pitching the ball well and throwing the ball better and getting more consistent starts,” Morgan said. “We are executing the little things and getting guys on and getting them over and having quality at bats.”
Coming into regional with a 16-14 record they will take on Holdenville who comes in with a 23-6 record.
Morgan said in order to compete with Holdenville that the pitching staff will need to be the biggest key for the weekend.
“They are going to have to pound the strikezone and be ahead in the count,” Morgan said. “Being ahead and staying ahead and keeping our defense on its toes.”
“They’re not strikeout guys but if there effective getting ahead and hitting location and having their off speed, as long as we are not putting extra base runners on that will be the key for this weekend,”Morgan said.
If Marlow gets passed Holdenville they will play the winner of the Kingston and Marietta game at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
The Outlaws if they lose against Holdenville will play the loser of the Kingson and Marietta game at 5 p.m. on Thursday in an elimination game.
If the Outlaws get a win on Thursday the will play either at 4 or 6 p.m. on Friday evening in Kingston depending on the results from Thursday’s games.