It is said revenge is best served cold, and unfortunately for Booker T. Washington, Claremore baseball included a seven-run inning for dessert.
The Zebras avenged last week’s 3-1 loss to the Hornets with an impressive display at the plate Thursday afternoon, racking up 14 hits — including six doubles — in an emphatic 12-1 road win. Four of the doubles came in the sixth, helping them score seven runs in that frame to put the game out of reach.
Hunter Walters led the charge with a 3-for-4 outing, accounting for two of the doubles and two RBIs. Ethan Grimett, Cameron Palmer, Gannon Sherl and Noah Smallwood also notched hits of that variety.
Smallwood led off the first inning with a double, but that was only a taste of the punishment Claremore would inflict to the BTW bullpen.
Grimett drove in Smallwood shortly thereafter with a double to left field, and Kaden Renfroe scored on a wild pitch two at-bats later to give the Zebras a 2-0 lead heading into the second.
Claremore didn’t hit another double until the sixth, but its bats didn’t cool off by any means.
Walters, Kio Penn, Brooks Sherl and Grimett added a quartet of singles in the second, with the latter two driving in two and one runs, respectively, to increase the advantage to 5-0.
The Hornets responded with a sacrifice fly from Evan Turner to get on the board, but it wasn’t enough to make a difference.
Grimett kept BTW from making a rally, striking out four while allowing five hits and a walk on 88 pitches through six innings on the mound.
The Zebras went scoreless the next three innings, but they finally got the bats going again in the six with seven hits.
Walters opened the inning with a line-drive double to left field, and Penn scored him seven pitches later with an RBI single. Brooks Sherl then registered a 2-RBI single, scoring Penn and Scout Cutsinger to bring the tally to 8-1.
Claremore’s final three hits were doubles from Palmer, Gannon Sherl and Walters, with Palmer and Walters’ hits driving in two runs apiece.
Smallwood, Brooks Sherl, Grimett and Penn joined Walters in the multihit club with two hits each. Brooks Sherl finished with a game-high four RBIs as well.
AJ Carey took the loss for the Hornets, surrendering five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four on 46 pitches through two innings, but Turner and Brogan Williams were also victimized by the Zebras.
Claremore, which improved its record to 12-5 with the victory, returned to action at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Sapulpa. Read the story from that game in next week’s Tuesday Edition.