It must be high school baseball playoff time in Claremore.
The blonde-haired Zebras are back and on a mission for their third-straight trip to the Class 5A State Tournament.
Regional competition got under way Wednesday at Legendary Legion Field as the Zebras rolled to a 14-0 win over Oklahoma City Capitol Hill in the opener and then closed out the day with a 12-2 run-rule win over Coweta.
Claremore needed one more win to secure a berth in next week’s 5A State Tournament in Norman.
The task at hand in Game 2 against Coweta was somewhat stiffer early on for the Zebras.
Coweta gave Claremore a tug-of-war battle through the first three innings.
Claremore led 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning as senior first baseman Bryce Howe ripped an RBI-double to score senior catcher Matt Whatley.
Three batters later, Claremore freshman shortstop Dustin Weiesnbach plated Howe with an RBI-single to highlight the first inning.
Coweta scratched for a pair of runs in the top of the third inning off Claremore senior pitcher T.J. Wood to tie the game at 2-2.
Weiesnbach’s two-run triple in the bottom half of the third inning helped Claremore regain the 4-2 lead.
From that point on, Claremore’s offense outscored Coweta, 8-0, through the final three innings.
Wood (12-0) held Coweta to two runs on four hits in six innings for the complete-game victory.
Coming out in the opener againt Oklahoma City Capitol Hill, the Zebras rode the impressive pitching of senior right-hander Cody Tyre for the 14-0 run-rule victory.
Tyre tossed the one-hitter with eight strikeouts in perhaps his final appearance on the mound at Legendary Legion Field.
Offensively, the Zebras jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Weiesnbach ripped a three-run triple and freshman third baseman Nick Dotson tagged a three-run single.
Howe and Wood also contributed with a pair of two-run singles to spark the Zebras.
Claremore’s offensive attack blasted seven hits off two different Capitol Hill pitchers in the first inning.
Howe’s RBI-double in the bottom of the second inning plated Cole Weiesnbach, who reached base on the hit by pitch, to extend Claremore’s lead to 14-0.
Zebras looking for 3rd-straight trip to 5A State Tourney
It must be high school baseball playoff time in Claremore.
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Meranda Golbek and Sarah Szcinski, a pair of 2014 Claremore High School graduates, earned All-State honors for their athletic training careers and will join two other student trainers from Jenks and Stillwater High School on the East squad.
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