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Claremore junior Noah Smallwood trots to third base during the season opener against NOAH on March 1.

Coming off a 1-3 showing in the Tiger/Zebra Classic, Claremore got back on track with a doubleheader sweep of Nathan Hale in District 5A-4 action.

The Zebras collected 21 hits in all through the two games, leading to wins of 13-1 and 15-0 Tuesday night at American Legion Park.

Gannon Sherl was the only batter to record multiple hits in both games, finishing with two in each. Both of his hits in Game 2 were doubles, which resulted in two RBIs.

Incredibly, those doubles were two of seven such hits in that second contest. Ethan Grimett, Cameron Palmer, Brooks Sherl, Noah Smallwood and Carson Young all notched doubles of their own, combining for eight RBIs.

The Zebras (11-5, 6-0 5A-4) managed only two doubles in Game 1.

Meanwhile, the Rangers struggled at the plate with only one hit through 21 at-bats. Cash Flegal and Palmer were responsible for that.

In Game 1, Flegal tossed six strikeouts while allowing one hit and a run with no walks on 50 pitches through four innings.

Palmer took over in Game 2, and though he surrendered four walks, he held Nathan Hale hitless while striking out seven on 64 pitches through three innings.

Claremore was more methodical in Game 1, scoring a max of five runs in an inning. However, it started things off with 10 runs in the first inning of Game 2 to put the Rangers away early.

The Zebras play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Booker T. Washington in a nondistrict contest. The Hornets defeated Claremore 3-1 in the opening game of the Tiger/Zebra Classic last week.

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