Marlow nudges Fletcher for crown
MARLOW Marlow survived a dramatic championship game and claimed its home tournament title with a 4-3 win Saturday over Fletcher at Gib Stone-LeRoy Black Ballpark.
Lawton High salvaged the week with a 3-2 win over Washington in the third-place game.
Marlow's young teamkeeps winning
Donnie Huber wasn't sure if he was about to get yanked off the mound or not. When Marlow coach John Morgan reached him and huddled the infield together in the game's final inning, the words were all encouraging.
"I felt like he trusted me enough to finish the game," Huber said. "He's always telling us to keep fighting."
Marlow's young team used that approach, and it worked.
After giving up a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh, Huber got the final three outs of Class 3A No. 11 Marlow's 4-3 win over Class A No. 8 Fletcher.
Morgan gushed about the way the Outlaws, who start three freshmen and have dealt with injuries to its pitching staff, gutted out another win. After letting a three-run lead evaporate, Marlow (16-6) manufactured a run in the top of the seventh to bust a 3-3 tie.
"They enjoy the grind, they enjoy the fight," Morgan said. "They're pulling for everybody. They don't care who's up, they don't care who's at the plate in a big situation. Just as long as they're on this team, they're behind 'em."
Huber, a sophomore, allowed just one earned run and scattered six hits. His biggest contribution was holding Fletcher slugger Carson Funkhouser to a 2-of-4 day with two singles. Funkhouser, who hit a towering homer in the tournament quarterfinals, had been perfect at the plate in the Wildcats' last four games.
That was one reason Huber finished the game.
"He'd pitched to Funkhouser really good," Morgan said. "I was gonna stay with Donnie that last inning, because we'd talked about how we'd pitch to Funkhouser, how we'd at least get him deep in the count a little bit. See if he'll chase a pitch or two."
While Funkhouser led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and represented the tying run when he moved to second base on Caleb Amparan's sacrifice bunt, Marlow's defense left him stranded.