Claremore’s hot hitting streak has finally come to an end.
Despite averaging 12 runs and more than 17 hits during their four-game winning streak, the Zebras scored only 10 times total on 22 hits in losses of 8-3 and 8-7 to Bishop Kelley in an Across the Board Baseball boardgame doubleheader simulation.
GAME 1 | Bishop Kelley 8, Claremore 3: We looked to be in for a blockbuster finish after the Zebras evened the score at 3 in the fourth inning with a Noah Smallwood triple and an RBI groundout from Brooks Sherl.
However, the Zebras managed only one hit in their last 16 plate appearances, and Bishop Kelley took advantage of those struggles.
The Comets loaded the bases in the top of the fifth, quickly regaining the lead when Ross Holder grounded in JT Whorton. That was the limit of their damage for the time being, but they weren’t done increasing the lead quite yet.
Claremore loaded the bases in the bottom half thanks to a trio of walks, but they didn’t result in any runs.
Cooper McMurray scored on a Devyn Trujillo double after opening the sixth with a triple, and Eric Thompson brought the latter home soon after with a single.
Not to be outdone, Holder followed with a triple of his own, scoring Thompson and Andrew Talburt to bring the score to its final resting place of 8-3.
The Zebras’ lone hit during that run came on a single from Ethan Grimett in the sixth.
Grimett gave Claremore an early 1-0 lead when he doubled in Brooks Sherl in the first, but that advantage didn’t last long.
Holder scored Thompson with a single in the second to knot the tally, and Cameron Talburt gave the Comets a lead two at-bats later with an RBI single, scoring Holder.
Andrew Talburt, who co-led Bishop Kelley with three hits, scored Trujillo and pushed the lead to 3-1 in the third with an RBI single.
Trujillo joined Andrew Talburt with three hits, helping the Comets outhit the Zebras 13-7. Thompson (2-for-4) and Holder (2-for-4) also finished with multiple hits.
Grimett was Claremore’s only multihit finisher, notching a 2-for-4 outing at the plate.
GAME 2 | Bishop Kelley 8, Claremore 7: The Zebras just about pulled off a miracle.
Trailing 7-1 after three, Claremore embarked on an incredible 6-0 run through the next four innings while holding Bishop Kelley to only three hits during that stretch. Cameron Palmer tallied the game-tying run in the seventh, scoring on a Dasen Tilley ground out.
The Zebras couldn’t carry their momentum into the eighth, though, and the Comets found a big enough crack to slip through.
After two walks and a ground out put runners at second and third, Andrew Talburt scored on his brother’s sacrifice fly to earn the walk-off win for Bishop Kelley.
It was a heartbreaking finish for Claremore, which outhit the Comets 10-3 during its comeback effort and 15-11 overall.
Bishop Kelley seemed to have picked up where it left off in Game 1, recording four hits in the first inning, including two triples.
Whorton drove in McMurray — who tallied the first triple — for the first run of the game before Andrew Talburt tacked on two more with the second triple.
Whorton continued the run in the second when he doubled in Grayson Hall, and a Trujillo sac fly on the next at-bat scored McMurray to make it 5-0.
Trevor Janzen finally got the Zebras on the board in the third with an RBI groundout, scoring Smallwood, but the Comets had an answer.
With his second triple of the game and the team’s third, McMurray brought home Hall and Cameron Talburt, increasing the advantage to 7-1.
Both teams went scoreless in the fourth, but Claremore began its rally in the fifth.
Grimett singled in Tilley to kick off the run, and Gannon Sherl followed with an RBI single of his own on the next at-bat, scoring Janzen to make it a four-run game.
Then with the bases loaded in the sixth, Brooks Sherl drove in Palmer and Tilley with a 2-RBI single, and Smallwood scored shortly thereafter on a Janzen sac fly, trimming the deficit to 7-6.
Brooks Sherl and Ethan Grimett both went 3-for-5 at the plate to lead the Zebras while Gannon Sherl, Palmer and Tilley accounted for two hits each. Smallwood earned walks in three of his five plate appearances.
McMurray and Whorton paced Bishop Kelley with three hits apiece, and Hall managed multiple as well with two.