Claremore coach Jim Sherl, right, gives instruction to Carson Young during the season opener against Memorial on Thursday.

It took only two innings.

The Zebras lit up Wagoner for nine runs in the opening frames, including six in the second, while cruising to an 11-1 victory in the first game of the Claremore Festival at American Legion Park on Friday.

They followed that dominant performance with another, dismantling Rogers County foe Catoosa 15-2 a few hours later.

GAME 1: Coach Jim Sherl’s club racked up 11 hits against the Bulldogs, with four players — Noah Smallwood, Brooks Sherl, Trevor Janzen and Ethan Grimett — accounting for two hits each.

The Bulldogs, who managed only three hits, scored their lone run in the third when Bristo Love reached home on an error by Claremore catcher Janzen.

Blake Stone earned the victory on the mound, striking out three and walking three while allowing one hit through two innings. Cash Flegal pitched three innings of relief, tallying four strikeouts to two hits and one walk on 43 pitches.

Claremore wasted little time once taking over at the plate in the first, immediately loading the bases with a pair of singles from Smallwood and Brooks Sherl, followed by a walk.

Smallwood was then the beneficiary of a bases-loaded walk, and Cameron Palmer brought the other two home shortly after with a line-drive single to right field.

Smallwood was back at it in the second inning, singling in Scout Cutsinger with a line drive to center field.

Brooks Sherl followed with a single of his own, and Janzen scored both him and Smallwood four pitches later with a double to left field. Janzen scored on a Grimett single the next pitch.

A bases-loaded walk brought Grimett home two at-bats later, and Gannon Sherl tallied the final run of the frame thanks to a passed ball, putting the Zebras at a 9-0 advantage.

Janzen doubled to center field to score Smallwood in the third, and Brooks Sherl closed the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, scoring Carson Young.

GAME 2: Claremore outscored its first two opponents of the season 22-3, and it could not have asked for a better follow-up to those performances.

The Zebras’ bats were on fire against Catoosa, and the first inning was all it took to deliver the knockout punch, scoring a cool seven runs.

They then followed up that perfect inning with four runs in both the second and third innings, ballooning the lead to an eventual final score of 15-2.

Most of Claremore’s offense was generated by four players, for Smallwood, Brooks Sherl, Janzen and Young went a combined 12-for-15 at the plate with 7 RBIs.

They each logged three hits, with Brooks Sherl and Young going a perfect 3-for-3.

Palmer was the starting pitcher for the Zebras and held down the fort most of the game, recording five strikeouts while allowing two walks and three hits.

Grimett relieved Palmer in the fourth, closing the game with four strikeouts.

A pair of RBI singles from Gavin Ragsdale and Zane Emhoolah in the second inning accounted for the Indians only two runs.

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