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Outlaws shut out Indians

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2014 at 7:24 am •  Published: April 22, 2014
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Marlow baseball snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-0 win at home against Comanche Monday.

“We needed to get this win and we got it,” said Marlow coach Jeff Brewer.

The Outlaws lost to Blanchard, Newcastle and Sterling last week, dropping to fourth in the Class 3A rankings. Brewer said that humbled his players and should get them to correct areas they need to address.

Marlow got a strong outing from lefthanded pitcher Brady Melton, who held Comanche to two hits and struck out eight.

“He gave us a quality start,” Brewer said. “He threw strikes, forced outs and gave our defense a chance to help him out.”

The Outlaws tallied six hits, highlighted by Kelby Richardson’s two-run shot over the left field wall in the third inning. Brewer said the Outlaws have some hitters struggling but expects them to get better.

“They’re just thinking too much,” he said. “We’ve got to get back to basics, find a rhythm, and if the pitch is in the zone, find a way to hit it out.”

Comanche coach Brent Crow said his players are getting better on the mound and defensively, but need to do a better job hitting. He didn’t think facing a lefthander Monday was an issue.

“We’re just going to need more repetitions and more work,” he said.

The Indians will head to Marietta for a district matchup next week. Crow called Marietta a solid ball club that has faced several of the teams the Indians have played. He expects a challenge and that the Indians just need to keep playing hard.

Marlow, meanwhile, has earned a bye in districts and an automatic regional berth. The Outlaws are looking to win a few more games to ensure themselvse a home regional tournament.

“If we can go 5-0 this week like I expect to, we’ll stay in the top four or five, and then we’ll host a regional,” Brewer said