Coming off a state finals appearance and looking to make strides in their first year in Class 4A Baseball, the Marlow Outlaws baseball team took home the Xpress Wellness Team of Week honor this week.
John Morgan, Outlaws head coach, said the 6-2 2020 team began to hit their stride. He said the players were looking forward to finishing the 2020 season.
“I think we were going into it, there was going to be a lot of unknowns and I would say we were very, very young but we also had some veterans,” Morgan said. “We had a lot of first time youth on the field which I thought was an unknown so I thought we needed a season of development and growth. With the unknown or the newness of going into 4A, it was also going to be something new and something really challenging that I was always looking forward to and so (were) the kids.”
The Outlaws had four seniors, according to Morgan with Tag Allen, Kale Hunt, Peyton Ladon and Jayce Martin leading the team. They also had a lot of young players sprinkled into the lineup.
The two losses on the year came against two highly ranked teams when they dropped one game against a top 5 6A team in Westmoore and the second to national ranked Blanchard at the end of the season.
Offensively, the team had a lot of games where they scored a lot of runs. Morgan said Hunt was a big part of the reason for the success early on.
“There had been some challenges in our season but it is heartbreaking and everyone knows,” Morgan said. “Kale Hunt — we knew he was going to be a big contributor. We had injuries and had kids out that we didn’t know when were going to get them back so we went into the season with a not full roster. We didn’t have a chance to work out that with the injuries and see what our stride was going to be like.”
Morgan said he will miss the seniors who stepped up and now hopes some of the younger kids will step up, too.
“We are going to miss those seniors and will lose a lot but we have kids like Nate Herchock and Will Bergner who were making good strides and playing well,” Morgan said. “Our team had a good mixture of veterans and young kids so we will be ready for the next season.”