BROKEN ARROW — Besides teaching baseball fundamentals to his players this summer, Claremore coach Matt Murray might add a course entitled “How to Get Greedy on the Diamond” for his young players.
Despite taking early leads, the Claremore varsity and junior varsity squads squandered solid scoring opportunities in dropping a pair of contests in Diamond Baseball League action Tuesday night at Tiger Field.
The Claremore Red contingent scored first but then saw the Broken Arrow varsity rally for four straight runs and a 4-1 victory.
Meanwhile, Claremore White team threatened in the opening two innings but managed to score just once and fell to the Broken Arrow JV Black squad, 6-1.
Both games, scheduled for seven innings, were shortened to 5 1/2 innings because of the league’s 1 hour, 45-minute time limit for contests.
In the varsity affair, the Zebras had Chris Gardner on the ropes as the Broken Arrow pitcher issued five walks through the first two innings.
Claremore (1-1) used four of those walks to score its only run in the second inning. Blake Gruenberg, the Zebras’ No. 9 hitter, drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Casey Cook for a 1-0 lead.
But Gardner escaped the jam by getting Curtis Coyle on an infield fly to end the threat.
“We need to learn how to be greedy and take advantage of those situations,” Murray said.
“We’re young and we’re learning. This summer is a developmental stage for us.”
After scoring in the second inning, Claremore did not have a runner reach third the rest of the game. The Zebras finished with just four hits. Three of those hits came from the bats of pinch-hitters Josh Jennings, Clint Smith and Blake Grauer in the final two innings.
Rightander Hunter Hines tossed the first three innings, allowing four hits and two runs. Only one run, courtesy of two-out back-to-back doubles by Broken Arrow (2-0) in the third, was earned.
Michael Lyon went the final two innings on the mound. The righthander permitted just one hit but four walks and a pair of wild pitches helped lead to the Tigers’ final two runs.
In the junior varsity game, first-inning hits by Kody Davis and Landon Coyle contributed to a 1-0 Zebra lead. But Claremore left the bases loaded to end the inning.
The Zebras then had another chance to break the game open an inning later but came up empty after stranding runners on second and third.
Broken Arrow (2-0) then put the game away, erupting for six runs off starter Josh Ellenberg and reliever Robert Heidlage in the bottom of the second inning.
Ellenberg surrendered three hits and four runs in 1.1 innings. Heidlage fanned three in 3.2 innings.
Coyle collected two of the Zebras’ four hits.
“We want the players to learn as much as they can this summer,” Murray said. “That starts with playing hard and competing.”
The Claremore teams return to home action at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Tulsa Memorial at Legion Field.
BA Gold 4, CLAREMORE RED 1
Claremore Red 010 000 — 1 4 1
Broken Arrow 011 20x — 4 5 0
Hines, Lyon (4) and Cerrito. Gardner, Swyden (5) and Rymel. W — Gardner. L — Hines.
BA BLACK 6, CLAREMORE WHITE 1
Claremore White 100 000 — 1 4 3
Broken Arrow 060 00x — 6 5 0
Ellenberg, Heidlage (2) and Williams, Stoll (4). Alvarez, Francis (3), Freeman (5) and Osborne. W — Alvarez. L — Ellenberg.