Editor’s note: This is a multipart series in which Progress sports editor Kevin Green uses a boardgame called Across the Board Baseball Game to simulate Claremore High’s canceled season.
Trevor Janzen couldn’t miss.
The Claremore senior crushed everything pitched his way, finishing 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, a triple and a home run to lead the Zebras to a 7-3 win over Will Rogers in my boardgame baseball simulation.
The victory ended Claremore’s two-game funk that included stunning losses to the lowly Ropers and Vinita.
Janzen’s first hit — a double — didn’t amount to any runs, but that didn’t deter him from his goal of getting the Zebras back in the win column.
So when he returned to the batter’s box in the third inning facing two outs with runners on first and second in a scoreless game, he didn’t squander the opportunity. Janzen ripped a triple to score Cash Flegal and Brooks Sherl, putting Claremore up 2-0.
Janzen wasn’t done there, though.
After Diego Cordoba trimmed Will Rogers’ deficit with an RBI single following Shaun Dolph’s triple, Janzen notched a three-run homer to make it a 7-1 game. He finished with five RBIs in all.
It was the Zebras’ second deep ball of the game, for Ethan Grimett tallied a two-run bomb in the third only one at-bat after Janzen’s 2-RBI triple to push the advantage to 4-0 at the time.
Logan Dance tried to spur a Ropers comeback with a two-run home run of his own in the sixth, bringing Will Rogers within four at 7-3, but it wasn’t enough to steal the momentum.
However, the Ropers did somehow outhit Claremore 7-6 in the loss. Cordoba led the way with two hits.
Janzen was the only Zebra to manage multiple hits.