Claremore Daily Progress


March 30, 2014

Zebras run-rule McAlester, 8-0

Claremore battled Joplin for 3rd place in Tiger-Zebra Classic

CLAREMORE — For the second-straight year, the McAlester Buffaloes have yet to score a run against a Claremore left-handed pitcher.

On Friday night, ‘Crafty Cameron’ Smith tossed a two-hit gem with four strikeouts to lead the Zebras past McAlester, 8-0 in the Tiger-Zebra Classic at Legion Field.

A year ago, in the same tournament, former Claremore left-handed pitcher Jacob Teague, who now plays for Oral Roberts University, hurled a no-hitter in the Zebras’ 15-0 win over McAlester.

After going 1-1 in their first two games — beating Miami 12-4 and falling 11-9 to Booker T. Washington, the Zebras needed only five innings to put away McAlester and advance to the third-place game Saturday against Joplin (Mo.).

The Zebras erupted for a 4-0 lead in the first inning as Smith delivered a 2-run single to right field off McAlester ace pitcher Dalton Wood.

Smith’s base hit was one of four singles in the inning for the Zebras.

Senior catcher Matt Whatley also contributed with an RBI-single as well as freshman first baseman Nick Dotson.

Senior designated hitter Cole Weiesnbach led off the first inning with a single to center field.

The Zebras continued their hot streak in the bottom of the second inning with another 2-run single by Smith, who advanced to third base following a two-base error by McAlester’s right fielder.

Smith’s scorching line drive off Wood got under the right-fielder’s glove and rolled to the warning track, allowing Weiesnbach and Jeff Oxford to score to extend the Zebras’ lead to 6-0.

Oxford tallied a one-out single to left field in his second appearance against Wood.

Claremore’s defense backed Smith on the mound with several key stops by freshman third baseman Dustin Weiesnbach and a 6-4-3 double play from shortstop T.J. Wood to second baseman Kyle Chancellor to first baseman (Nick) Dotson.

T.J. Wood and Dustin Weiesnbach added RBIs in the bottom of the fourth.

T.J. Wood’s sacrifice fly to center field plated Oxford, who drew a full-count walk, and Dustin Weiesnbach plated courtesy runner David Mosby with a single to right field to increase the Zebras’ lead to 8-0.

McAlester’s Dalton Wood and Taylor Mullins provided the only offensive spark with a single and a triple against Claremore’s Smith.

Offensively, Smith led the Zebras with a 2-for-2 outing. He had two singles and 4 RBIs, while also drawing a walk in the fourth inning.


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