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May 18, 2014

Zebras come up short in Norman

Deer Creek no-hits Claremore, advances to 5A State Finals

NORMAN — For the first time all season, the Claremore Zebras were held without a hit.

On Friday in the Class 5A State Semifinals at L. Dale Mitchell Field, Deer Creek right-handed pitcher Patton Collie hurled a no-hitter past the Zebras and powered the Antlers to a 10-0 run-rule victory.

The win over Claremore (27-10) advanced Deer Creek to the state championship game Saturday afternoon against two-time defending champion Carl Albert.

Claremore, who was the 5A state runner-up in 2012 and 2013, saw its season come to a bitter-sweet ending on the OU campus.

Deer Creek’s offense scored seven of its 10 runs in the first three innings and chased Claremore starting pitcher Cameron Smith out of the game with one out in the second inning.

Deer Creek’s Brock Ruminer ignited the Antlers offensive attack, going 2-for-4 with a double, single and a pair of RBIs.

Smith held Deer Creek to one run in the first inning, but Claremore’s youthful lineup led to the Antlers scoring five runs in the second.

Deer Creek (26-13) took advantage of four Claremore errors, and blasted three massive shots off the left-center field wall to increase its lead to 6-0 after the second inning.

After Deer Creek knocked Smith off the mound, Claremore senior pitcher Bryce Howe tossed the remaining 4 2/3 innings.

Howe, who saw action on the mound in Friday’s win over Bishop McGuinness, held Deer Creek to one run til the top of the sixth inning.

Claremore’s offense loaded the bases twice — thanks to seven walks issued from Collie — but never could capitalize with that timely hit.

In the top of the sixth inning, Deer Creek tallied its final three runs of the game, and offensively finished with 10 hits.

Smith suffered the loss and closed out the season with an 8-3 overall record.

Collie improved to 7-3 following the complete-game victory for Deer Creek.

For six Claremore seniors — Matt Whatley, Bryce Howe, Cole Weiesnbach, T.J. Wood, Cody Tyre and David Mosby —  their mark on the Zebra baseball program is one that head coach Brent Payne is proud of.

“We’ll have a hard time replacing them,” Payne said in the Tulsa World. “They are ambassadors to this program.”

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