After a tournament opening victory against Washington, the Marlow Outlaws finished their home tournament in fourth place after dropping games against Roff and Ft. Cobb-Broxton High School.
Friday evening’s game against Roff was the semi-finals for the tournament. The visiting Tigers took the 7-5 victory while the third place game against the Mustangs of Ft. Cobb-Broxton saw them win 7-0.
The Outlaws jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against Roff who came into the tournament undefeated and winning against their first round opponent.
Kole Seely hit a double to left field to score Nate Herchock who reached on a single to take the early 1-0 lead with no outs in the bottom of the first inning.
With the bases loaded and out, Seely came in on a wild pitch to put the lead at 2-0 with the final run coming in on a stolen base as Brennan Morgan stole home to put it at 3-0 after one inning of play.
Roff bounced back in a big way by scoring five runs in the top of the second and then by scoring two in the top of the fourth to lead 7-3 before the Outlaws got their offense rolling again.
Two singles from Jace Gilbert and Cooper Smith put runners on first and second when a sacrifice bunt from Tyler Callahan moved runners over to second and third with one out.
Kyle Wilson grounded out to the right side to advance Gilbert to the plate and score to bring the game within three runs as Roff led 7-4 to bring up Herchock in the inning.
With Smith on third and Herchock at the plate, he only needed one pitch to hit a line drive single to center to cut the Tigers’ lead to two runs as Roff led 7-5 with two outs in the inning.
The inning ended when a groundout stopped Marlow’s offense. The Tigers kept the Outlaws’ offense at bay during the final half inning to send the home Outlaws to the third place game.
Playing a tough Mustangs team, the Outlaws only had three hits and no runs as the visiting Ft. Cobb-Broxton Mustangs put up a five spot in the top of the fifth to cruise to the victory.
Morgan, Smith and Callahan had the three hits for the Outlaws in the game and the Outlaws’ record is now 11-4 on the season after the two losses.
Marlow’s next two games will be back in district play as they will go against Tuttle on April 5 and April 6 before pulling co-host duties of Duncan’s Southern Oklahoma Invitational Tournament.