Claremore Daily Progress

March 20, 2013

Zebras drop Aggie Classic opener

Claremore Progress

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Claremore Zebras traveled thousands of miles away from home to suffer their first loss of the season.

In the opening round of pool play of the 20th Annual Tate Aggie Classic, the Zebras fell 4-0 to Good Pasture Christian (Tenn.).

“We got behind 1-0 going into the the fifth inning, and then give up three runs with two outs,” Claremore head coach Brent Payne said. “Their pitcher was really good when he had to be.”

Claremore starting pitcher Bryce Howe tossed five innings before Andrew Byington entered in the sixth and Konnor Dobbins closed out the game in the seventh.

“We had chances at the plate but never could get that hit when we had runners on base,” Payne said.

The loss to the defending 2A state champs from Tennessee dropped Claremore to 8-1 on the season.

The Zebras returned to action Tuesday against McAdory (Ala.). McAdory dropped an 8-7 decision to Westmoore in their opening round game.