Claremore Daily Progress

March 6, 2013

Zebras strike late to drop Miami, 6-1

Tim Ritter
Sports Editor

CLAREMORE — 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.