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July 7, 2012

Zebras split in Pryor Tourney

‘Cats claw past Zebras, 6-2

PRYOR — Eight hours of baseball in the sweltering heat led to a split decision for the Claremore ‘3A’ Zebras during the first day of the Pryor Tournament Friday afternoon at American Legion Memorial Field.

Claremore dropped its first bracket game to Salina, 6-2; but rebounded with a 4-2 victory over Collinsville in the nightcap.

The win over Collinsville evened Claremore’s record to 1-1 in the tournament.

Claremore faced Jay Saturday afternoon with a shot at playing for the championship later that night.

Coming out against Salina, the Zebra offense was handcuffed to three hits against Wildcats starting pitcher Jake Tolbert.

The Salina left-hander used his craftiness on the mound to shutdown the Zebras in a complete game performance.

Claremore outfielder Brandon Varnell had the only extra-base hit — a double late in the game — while Sean Pogue and Matt Whatley each had a single.

With the game tied 1-1 after three complete innings, Salina scored three runs in the fourth off Claremore starter Jacob Teague to lead 4-1.

The Wildcats added a pair of runs in the top of the seventh off reliever Andrew Byington to secure the victory.

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