Claremore Daily Progress

April 21, 2014

BASEBALL: Claremore splits series with Collinsville

Tim Ritter
Sports Editor

COLLINSVILLE — The moment Claremore senior catcher Matt Whatley got thrown out at home plate in the top of first inning, it was downhill for the Zebras.

Collinsville took advantage of six Claremore errors and erupted for 17 hits to thump the Zebras, 15-2 Friday afternoon in Metro Lakes Conference play.

Claremore evened the series Thursday night with the 3-1 win, thanks to Jeff Oxford’s RBI-triple in the fifth inning.

Oxford’s three-bagger, combined with T.J. Wood’s impressive outing on the mound and Whatley’s 2-for-4 performance at the plate swung the momentum in Claremore’s favor going into Friday.

But, things changed after Claremore took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Cameron Smith’s sacrifice groundout that plated designated hitter Bryce Howe.

Collinsville tallied 11 runs in the first two innings off six Claremore errors and Dylan Russell’s two-run double.

Russell and Blake Burke also contributed with run-scoring singles in the bottom of the first inning off Claremore starting pitcher Dustin Weiesnbach, who suffered the loss and dropped to 2-1 on the season.

Weiesnbach allowed seven runs before being relieved in the bottom of the first inning by senior right-hander Cody Tyre.

Tyre gave up six runs in the second and tossed a scoreless third inning before being relieved by sophomore right-hander Kyle Chancellor in the fourth inning.

Collinsville added four runs in the fourth on homers by Burke and Breyden Varner to make it 15-2.

Claremore also used freshman right-hander Brady Brim in relief to close out the fourth inning.

Collinsville starting pitcher A.J. Austin earned the win and improved 3-1 on the season after holding Claremore to two runs on three hits.