Call it opening day jitters...
Despite only having three hits, the Claremore Zebras managed to came away with a 6-1 win over Miami Saturday afternoon in the season opener at Legion Field.
Miami held a 1-0 lead over the 2012 Class 5A state runner-up Zebras through the first three innings.
Claremore starting pitcher Tyler Cagle gave up a single in the second and a 2-out sacrifice fly as Miami took the early advantage.
In the top half of the first, though, Cagle worked out of a jam and got defensive help from junior catcher T.J. Wood, who gunned down a Miami baserunner at second base.
Wood made the start behind the plate while Claremore’s every-day catcher Matt Whatley continues to rehab from a back injury.
Claremore evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning as leadoff hitter Brandon Varnell drew the walk and later scored on Isaac Hollihan’s hit-by-pitch.
Miami’s pitching staff kept the Claremore bats silent until the bottom of the sixth inning.
Though, Claremore scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead, 4-1, the Zebras had one hit — a stand-up single by Andrew Byington in the first inning — after five complete innings.
Bryce Howe drew a 1-out walk in the fifth and later scored on Wood’s infield single that was mishandled by Miami’s first baseman. Hollihan’s fielder’s choice and run scored put Claremore up 3-1. Dalton Clifton drove in Wood with a sharp hit off the glove of Miami’s third baseman to cap Claremore’s scoring in the fifth at 4-1.
Claremore reliever Cole Weiesnbach, who relieved Cagle in the third, earned the win after tossing four innings with eight strikeouts.
Claremore tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth on two hits. Howe’s RBI-single to center field plated Weiesnbach, and Sean Pogue’s bases loaded walk scored Jacob Teague, who reached on the hit-by-pitch.
Hollihan also recorded a single to right field in the sixth.
Howe tossed a scoreless seventh inning for the Zebras, facing three hitters with a strikeout.
The Zebras (1-0) open Metro Lakes Conference play at 4 p.m. today against Skiatook at Legion Field.
Call it opening day jitters...
Taylor drains 6 treys, Lady Zebras clip Collinsville, 49-46
When it comes to shooting, the Claremore Lady Zebras would rather drain three pointers than free throws.
Claremore’s Monica Taylor converted four of her six treys in the second half for a game-high 18 points as the Lady Zebras held off Collinsville, 49-46 in the season opener Tuesday night at the Claremore High School Gym.
As the buzzer sounded, the Claremore Zebras found themselves in an unfamiliar place.
For the first time in two years, the Zebras were on the winning side of the scoreboard and pumping each other’s chests after their 43-29 season-opening victory over the Collinsville Cardinals.
Berryhill sweeps Sequoyah in opener
The Berryhill Chiefs boys’ basketball team spoiled the Claremore Sequoyah Eagles’ season opener with a dominant 69-44 road win Tuesday night at Olan Graham field house.
The Chiefs rained down with 10 3-pointers against the Eagles (0-1, 0-0).
Cards soar past Sperry
In a big Class 3A gun down, No. 3 Verdigris had more weapons than No. 6 Sperry.
In their home opener, the 2-0 Cardinals buried eight three-point shots and converted 21-of-23 free throws in rolling past the Pirates 69-54.
Battenfield, Hanslovan spark No. 4 Lady Cards past Sperry
Fourth-ranked Verdigris shot nearly 50 percent and forced Sperry into 22 turnovers, finally pulling away for a 73-41 home opening victory Tuesday night in Class 3A girls basketball.
NBA CAPSULES: Spurs clip Hawks, 102-100
Tim Duncan made a jumper with 0.4 seconds left to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 102-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
Duncan finished with 23 points and 21 rebounds as San Antonio dominated the middle against the younger and more athletic Atlanta front court. Boris Diaw had 16 points and Tiago Splitter finished with 11.
K-State likely headed to Holiday Bowl
Nobody was talking about bowl games at Kansas State in mid-October, when the Wildcats were sitting at 2-4 and feeling bruised and battered after a loss to Baylor.
Nobody was giving up on the season, either.
So with the kind of steadfast resolve that has become a hallmark under Bill Snyder, Kansas State flipped the script. The Wildcats ripped off four straight wins to become bowl eligible, and then finished off their regular-season with a 31-10 rout of Kansas on Saturday.
Tense victory at TCU keeps No. 9 Baylor in race
Baylor coach Art Briles threw his hat and his headset in a rare display of emotion on the interception that ended TCU's upset bid in the final seconds.
The No. 9 Bears had persevered and recovered from a blowout loss to Oklahoma State that ended their hopes for a national title a week earlier. They also won for a coach whose older brother, Eddie, died from an apparent head injury after a fall just three days before the tense 41-38 victory on Saturday.
Meyer won't suspend ejected Ohio State players
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says the players ejected from the Michigan game for fighting will not be suspended for the Big Ten championship game.
Stunning matchup for SEC title: Tigers vs. Tigers
Talk about an SEC surprise.
Just a year ago, the Auburn Tigers won all of three games and fired their coach. Just a year ago, the Missouri Tigers looked very much like a school that had no business joining the mighty Southeastern Conference.
Well, look at the matchup for Saturday's championship game.
Tigers vs. Tigers.
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