Claremore senior pitcher Jacob Teague pretty much did everything but sell popcorn in the stands Friday afternoon in the Zebras’ 5-0 win over Skiatook.
Teague tossed two innings of one-hit baseball with five strikeouts and delivered a RBI-single in the top of the first inning to put the Zebras ahead 2-0.
“It was good to see Jacob out there (on the mound),” Zebras head coach Brent Payne said. “He may not have been as consistent as we would like, but he gave us two strong innings.”
In his first outing of the season — limited to two innings because of the cold weather — Teague retired Skiatook’s first two hitters on strikeouts and then gave up a single to Bulldogs catcher Brandon Guest.
With a 2-0 lead behind him, Teague retired Skiatook shortstop Lane Estes on a 2-2 curveball to cap the first inning.
Claremore came out on a mission in the top half of the first inning as Cole Weiesnbach led off with a walk and advanced to second on Andrew Byington’s sacrifice bunt.
Teague — in the No. 3 hole — laced Skiatook’s Ryan Bersche’s fastball to center field for the Zebras first hit and first run of the game. Weiesnbach motored in from second base to give Claremore a 1-0 advantage.
One batter later, Claremore junior first baseman Bryce Howe hammered Bersche’s fastball off the left-center field wall for a RBI-double as the Zebras up their lead to 2-0.
“We got off to a good start and had a pair of big hits from Jacob (Teague) and Bryce (Howe), and then we got comfortable in the dugout,” Payne said. “We didn’t match Bersche’s intensity later on, which we need to be better at.”
Claremore added three more runs in the top of the second on two hits. Weiesnbach’s RBI-single to center field with one out allowed Dalton Clifton to score from second base to put the Zebras up 3-0.
Two batters later, Teague drove in Brandon Varnell and Weiesnbach with a 2-run single to left field as Claremore increased the margin to 5-0.
Teague’s outing on the mound was aided with the five-run cushion in the bottom half of the second, and the senior took advantage.
After getting a groundout from A.J. Surritte, Teague put Tanner Brown on with a hit by pitch and then retired Cory Wilson on the strikeout. A walk to Riley Deckard put a pair of Bulldogs on base. Teague, however, squelched the Skiatook rally with a strikeout to Baylor Jenkins.
Weiesnbach relieved Teague for the remaining four innings and finished with three strikeouts.
Claremore’s defense backed Weiesnbach with sharp defense, including a diving back-hand play at third base by Howe in the bottom of the sixth.
The win improved Claremore to 3-0 on the season.