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June 11, 2014

Yoder delivers big hit for 3A Zebras

Claremore uses 2-run single in 5th inning to roll past Lincoln Christian, 6-2

PRYOR — Claremore’s Britton Yoder made the most of his second at-bat in a Zebra uniform.

Yoder’s 2-run single in the top of the fifth inning provided the cushion needed for the 3A Zebras to secure the 6-2 win over Lincoln Christian Wednesday afternoon in pool play of the Pryor Tournament at American Legion Park.

The win over Lincoln Christian pushed Claremore’s record to 1-0 in the tournament and the Zebras will return to pool play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Baxter Springs at American Legion Park in Pryor.

With the recent storms that have swept through Northeastern Oklahoma, summer league baseball has been at a stand-still for the month of June.

Claremore finally got back to action Wednesday and the layoff showed early on with its offense.

Claremore struck early against Lincoln Christian, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Dustin Weiesnbach ripped a one-out single to left field and courtesy runner Doug Thompson crossed home plate on the fielding error by the Lincoln Christian pitcher to make it 1-0.

Nick Dotson’s infield hit that was misplayed by the Lincoln Christian pitcher led to Thompson scoring, and Dotson advancing to second base.

Claremore’s defense — highlighted by four strong innings of pitching from starter Weiesnbach — held Lincoln Christian to one hit and scoreless.

Claremore increased its lead to 2-0 in the top of the third inning with Jeff Oxford’s single to center field setting the tone.

Oxford would score on the one-out RBI-single by Cameron Smith. Through three innings, Claremore’s offense tallied three hits against Lincoln Christian.

Weiesnbach’s ability to mix in curveball with his fastball led to fielding practice for third baseman (Nick) Dotson, shortstop Garrett Wood, second baseman Kyle Chancellor and first baseman (Cameron) Smith.

Lincoln Christian managed only one hit to the outfield — resulting in Bryson Vanover’s putout in center field — through the first three innings.

After loading the bases in the top of the fourth inning, Lincoln Christian was able to squelch Claremore’s scoring opportunity with a huge putout in left-center field on Smith’s flyout that capped the inning.

Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Lincoln Christian tallied two runs on one hit off Claremore reliever Nick Dotson to make it 4-2.

Claremore’s final two runs came in the top of the seventh inning as Noah Grimett led off with a double and courtesy runner Thompson scored on the passed ball. Hayden Jones, pinch running for Spencer Sullivan, crossed home plate on Chris Dotson’s sacrifice fly to left field. Sullivan reached first on the walk.

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