After regional title, surging Outlaws out for more
MARLOW With Marietta base runners on first and third in a neck-and-neck Class 3A regional baseball game last Thursday on its home field, the Marlow baseball team was in a dogfight, one of the toughest of the season yet.
A day later, Marlow would be crowned Class 3A regional champions and punch its State tournament ticket, but in that moment during the seventh inning with one out, the fourth-ranked Outlaws were one play away from starting off the regional on the wrong foot.
In what turned into the scramble play of the game, an overthrown ball to third base let the Marietta base runner on third break free towards home plate. The ball bounced off the team clubhouse and the Outlaws fired a desperation throw .
The Marietta runner, as the tying run, expected to score standing up. Instead, the throw was on the money and despite Marlow's catcher being rail-roaded, the Outlaws secured the out and preserved the lead ultimately squeaking out a 2-1 victory over Marietta.
It was just one of several routine plays the Outlaws needed to make with the offense mustering only four hits. But the routine plays are the ones Marlow, a fundamentally-sound squad, executes best.
"We made every defensive play and stayed with every play," Marlow coach John Morgan said. "There's no lack of concentration with these guys. They know what they had to do and were ready to do it. They were excited to do those little things."
Another small play, this one on offense, ended up the difference maker as the eventual winning run. Marlow's squeeze bunt earlier in the game to seize the lead.