The combination of first-game jitters and a state tournament quality opponent resulted in a rough afternoon for Plainview’s softball team.
Marlow beat the Lady Indians 14-0 in six innings in coach Tim Wade’s debut leading the team.
“We have to go back and do some fine tuning and work on some fundamentals,” Wade said. “... I think we tried to put too much on their plate. We tried to do pick-offs and stuff. That’s OK. But, sometimes you’ve just got to field the ball, and make the play. Keep it simple.”
Marlow lost in the state semifinals last year and return the entire roster, and it showed.
“We scored a little more than I thought we would at this time of year,” Marlow coach Brian Miller said. “I’m real happy. I told our girls we need to expect to play like that from the beginning.”
Plainview allowed four runs in the top of the first, two more in the fourth and eight in the sixth to end the game by run-rule.
A double by Shayna Throckmorton put Marlow up 1-0 and Abbey Warren was walked to load the bases.
Jordan Ridge brought home two more runs for Marlow when a single trickled past first and was bobbled in right field. Marlow’s fourth run came on an errant pick off throw from the Plainview’s catcher to third base.
“We jumped on them early and they made mistakes,” Miller said. “We’re a good hitting ball club when we swing the bats. It’s kind of contagious.”
Plainview settled in for the next two innings, but couldn’t bring a run across home plate before the Lady Outlaws bats came back to life in the fourth and sixth innings.
Wade is still learning about his team and knows they can only get better.
“I told them, ‘I don’t know where we’re at. In the big picture you’ve got to look at the team and the progress we make’,” Wade said. “Right now, if you’re looking at a ladder, we’re at the bottom. That’s no big deal. I would rather be at the bottom now than in two months from now. That’s the idea. Being at the bottom right now isn’t a big deal.”
Plainview heads to the Shawnee Tournament on Thursday starting with a game against Chisolm Trail.