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September 22, 2012

‘Queens of the Diamond’

4 Lady Zebras cap off Senior Night with 5-1 win over Sapulpa

CLAREMORE — From T-Ball to beating Sapulpa, 5-1 Thursday night on Senior Night, Claremore’s Colbie Cherrington, Felicia Tannehill, Carissa Walizer and Ashlynn Cartwright enjoyed another ‘memorable’ victory inside Lady Zebra Softball Complex.

The four seniors, according to head coach Jim Sherl, have impacted this program over the last four years and are on pace to closing out their careers with nearly 80 wins in Class 6A.

Colbie Cherrington, who has been the Lady Zebras starting catcher since her freshman year, set the tone early with an RBI-double to right field that scored junior center fielder Madison Bright and put Claremore ahead, 2-0.

“Colbie kept getting better and better on the years and now has become our leader on the field,” Sherl said. “That RBI-double in the third inning that she hit was huge and gave us some momentum.”

Bright, who opened the bottom half of the first inning with a lead-off single to left field, scored Claremore’s first run on a wild pitch from Sapulpa pitcher Taylor Zanca.

Leading 2-0, Claremore junior pitcher Ally Johnson had plenty of insurance on her side and was able to settle in to record eight strikeouts on the night while giving up one run on five hits.

Claremore’s defense, led by senior first baseman (Felicia) Tannehill and senior right fielder (Carissa) Walizer, held Sapulpa scoreless until the top of the fifth inning.

Kyrah Roberts led off the fifth inning with a single to right field, and then scored on Amber Harjo’s bunt between first and second base to cut Claremore’s lead to 2-1.

“Felicia’s been a second baseman all her life, but this season with the situation we were in, we needed a first baseman and she’s been the answer,” Sherl said.

“Carissa’s a lot like Felicia in the sense that she’s played infield most of her career, but with her versatility and speed, she gives us another weapon in the outfield.

“All four of the seniors are such great leaders and will do whatever it takes to win.”

Claremore extended its lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning as Walizer got things rolling with a bunt single down the third base line.

“We really needed a base runner at that point in the game, and Carissa laid down the perfect bunt to give us a spark,” Sherl said.

After a walk to Bright and an RBI-single by junior left fielder Krista Wolfe that scored Walizer to put Claremore ahead, 3-1, juniors Stephanie Schivally and Sarah Brown drove in the final two runs with sacrifice flyouts to right field.

Claremore improved to 19-12 overall with the win.

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