Holy Cow, what a game!
Tyler Cagle’s walk-off single to right field plated Bryce Howe in the bottom of the seventh inning late Friday night as the Class 5A No. 2-ranked Claremore Zebras rallied past Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber, 6-5 in the 4-State Festival at Legendary Legion Field.
The Zebras trailed 5-2 heading into their final at-bat in the home half of the seventh, but managed to get three consecutive walks off three different Har-Ber pitchers.
Matt Whatley, T.J. Wood and Isaac Hollihan each drew full-counts before reaching first on walks to load the bases.
A RBI-single by Claremore junior third-baseman Bryce Howe plated Whatley to make it 5-3. One batter later, Jacob Teague delivered the ‘big hit’ with a two-run double to left-center field that scored Wood and pinch-runner Konnor Dobbins to tie the game at 5-5.
Springdale Har-Ber, ranked No. 3 in Class 7A with a 14-4 record, went to their third pitcher — Brady Patrick — in the inning with Andrew Byington coming up and runners on second and third base.
Patrick managed to get Byington to ground-out to second base for the first out of the inning. Next batter up, Cagle, took the count full before reaching out to drive a single past the Har-Ber second base and into right field, allowing Howe to score the winning run.
Before the dramatic finish by the Zebras in the seventh, Har-Ber celebrated with three runs in the top half of the inning.
A one-out double by Winston Rasmussen off Claremore relief pitcher (Tyler) Cagle and then a RBI-single by Brady Patrick gave Har-Ber its first lead of the game at 3-2.
Gus Vick’s two-run triple to right-center field with two outs extended Har-Ber’s lead to 5-2.
Claremore — who rallied in the first game to beat Kickapoo, Mo. 14-11 after building a 7-0 margin in the first inning — opened the night-cap with a 1-0 lead on Har-Ber in the bottom of the second as Cagle’s two-out sacrifice fly plated Teague, who reached on a walk.
Claremore added another run in the bottom of the third as Whatley drew the lead-off walk, stole second, advanced to third on Hollihan’s fielder’s choice and scored on a passed ball to push the Zebras’ lead to 2-0.
Claremore starting pitcher (Jacob) Teague tossed five innings to earn the no decision after allowing one run on four hits with four walks and nine strikeouts.
Cagle earned the victory, tossing two innings in relief and giving up four runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Har-Ber cut Claremore’s lead to 2-1 in the top of the fifth after Zach DeShanzo reached first on a two-out walk and later scored on a fielding error by Zebra shortstop T.J. Wood.
Then, in the top of the sixth, Har-Ber tied the game at 2-2 on DeShanzo’s RBI-single that drove in Vick.
Zebras rally for 2 wins in 4-State Festival
Holy Cow, what a game!
3A AREA PLAYOFFS: Verdigris battles Tahlequah Sequoyah in Checotah
Verdigris senior guard Caitlyn Hanslovan drained two key 3-pointers during Saturday’s Class 3A Regional Finals that provided a spark and a huge win over Vian.
Hanslovan, who is accustomed to winning state championships in soccer, will look to move the No. 3-ranked Lady Cardinals one step closer toward a berth in the 3A State Tournament at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the area finals against Tahlequah Sequoyah at Checotah High School.
Catoosa HS set to host Class 6A Girls Area; 5A Boys Area tourneys
For high school basketball enthusiasts in Rogers County, Catoosa High School is the place to be on Thursday and Friday.
Catoosa High School will host the Class 6A Girls Area and Class 5A Boys Area over the two-day period.
Class 3A Regional Champions
It’s takes two to tango and the Verdigris basketball teams are dancing their way to the Class 3A Area Finals.
With a state tournament berth on the line Friday night, both Verdigris teams return to a familiar place on the road to state in Oklahoma City.
The Class 3A No. 3-ranked Lady Cardinals waltzed past Vian, 58-46 and the No. 4-ranked Cardinals decked Eufaula, 66-53 to cap off the regional championship night Saturday inside the Jack Collins Fieldhouse.
Claremore set to host 4A Area Basketball Tournament
Claremore High School will be a busy place Thursday through Saturday with several of the state’s top Class 4A basketball teams competing in the area tournament.
West Virginia, Baylor top Big 12 Women's BB Tourney
It took West Virginia two years to make a splash in the Big 12.
The seventh-ranked Mountaineers earned a share of the regular-season title in their second year in the league and take a 10-game win streak into the conference tournament that starts Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
BIG 12 MBB: No. 16 Iowa State looks to close with win over Oklahoma State
Iowa State is more than ready for the postseason after playing 17 games in the nation's most grueling conference.
Still, the Cyclones wouldn't mind picking up a little momentum before heading to the Big 12 tournament and beyond.
No. 16 Iowa State (22-7, 10-7 Big 12) has dropped its last two games, road losses to Kansas State and Baylor, after going 7-1 in February.
NBA CAPSULES: Duncan paces Spurs past Heat
Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed against the Miami Heat, weathering a sluggish third quarter for an intense and emotional 111-87 victory Thursday.
MLB: Hill arrives at Red Sox camp following son's death
Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill starts spring training with a heavy heart.
Hill reported to Boston's camp on Thursday following the death of son Brooks, who was less than 2 months old when he died on Feb. 24.
Sports medicine pioneer Frank Jobe dies at 88
Dr. Frank Jobe, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who was the first to perform an elbow procedure that became known as Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of countless major league pitchers, died Thursday. He was 88.
AP Source: 10-second rule withdrawn by committee
Round one of the pace-of-play debate goes to the proponents of fast football.
The NCAA football rules committee tabled a proposal Wednesday that would have penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock, The Associated Press has learned.
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