A rivalry that has been in existence for decades didn’t disappoint in the 2019-2020 school year when Comanche beat Marlow 6-4 in a district match.
The game featured two of the top senior pitchers in the area and offense came at a premium during the whole game.
In the top of the first Comanche got two runners on with one out, but Marlow’s pitcher Jayleigh Totten struck out the next two to end the threat.
On the other side, in the bottom of the first the Lady Outlaws got one runner on after two ground outs to start the inning, but Comanche’s Brooklin Bain got a third ground ball out to keep it 0-0 after one inning.
The Lady Indians got the offense going in the top of the second with a one out single from Caity Blair and a stolen base that brought up catcher Lilly Brown to the plate with two outs.
In the first pitch that Brown saw, she hit a hard hit ball over the centerfielder’s head to give Comanche the 1-0 lead.
A single from Emily Roden got through the middle, but Marlow center fielder Elaina Kulhman, with a big throw, gunned the runner out at home to end the Comanche inning.
Marlow got some runners on in the bottom half of the third when a two out walk put Totten on the base path and lifted for a courtesy runner.
Outlaws catcher Aurelia Holguin hit a single up the middle, but Lady Indians center fielder returned the favor by throwing out the Marlow runner at third to end the threat and keep the score at 1-0 in favor of Comanche.
A scoreless fourth inning paved way to the top of the fifth where it took one pitch to get Comanche’s offense back up and going.
On the first pitch Bain hit a single to the center fielder then Roden laid down a perfect bunt down the first base line to get a hit and put runners on the corner with no outs for the Lady Indians.
After a foul fly to the Marlow first baseman, Comanche’s Hannah Powell got a bunt down the third base line and an errant throw to the first baseman allowed the second run of the game to come in with the Lady Indians leading 2-0.
With one out, Brooklyn Gill hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in Roden giving Comanche the 3-0 lead over the home Marlow team.
Gracie Miller, facing a 2-2 count with two outs, gave the Lady Indians more cushion by hitting a single to right to give Comanche the 4-0 lead.
A pop out to the Marlow shortstop ended the three run top of the fifth inning.
Not comfortable with a four run lead, the Lady Indians got two more in the top of the sixth on a 2-run home run to left center from Bain to take the 6-0 lead.
Marlow, not wanting to be shut out in the district matchup, got a big jolt offensively in the bottom half of the sixth.
Loading the bases with no outs, a force out at home loaded the bases again with Jill Totten up to the plate. Totten hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Lyvia Bateman cutting Comanche’s lead to five runs at 6-1.
Despite getting two runners on in the top half of the seventh, the Lady Outlaws got out of the inning and had one final chance for the victory.
The Lady Outlaws got the first two runners on when Jayleigh Totten hit a single to right center to drive in one and then an error brought home run number two to make it a 6-3 Comanche lead.
With the runs scored, the Lady Indians switched pitchers to try and get the final three outs to seal the victory.
Despite the lead off walk to the first batter she faced, Kenley Rendon struck out two but a wild pitch scored one to cut the lead to 6-4. However, the next pitch was a ground out that sent the Lady Indians to the victory.
Comanche will play this weekend at the Stillwater Festival, while Marlow will play at the Plainview Tournament also this weekend.