There was no power party this time. Claremore simply played a game of tag, pitter-pattering its way to a 13-5 victory over Sequoyah Friday night at Legion Field.
A night after smashing seven extra base hits in an easy win over Tulsa Hale, the Zebras settled for 10 singles and a home run off the bat of catcher Tristan Hampton in rolling to their third straight victory.
Leadoff hitter Noah Smallwood, along with Brooks Shirl, Dylan Gettinger and Matt Wofford, each rapped a pair of singles in an 11-hit attack.
Claremore winner Brady Preiss limited the Eagles to five hits in three innings, including three strikeouts and two walks in a game run-ruled in the fifth.
Tied 5-5 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, Claremore erupted for six runs on five hits to finish Sequoyah (0-3). Left fielder Jake Gilmore raced home, scoring on a passed ball, giving the Zebras a 6-5 lead.
Twelve batters stepped to the plate as Cooper Dotson and Gettinger slapped back-to-back run-scoring singles. Dotson scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 9-5. Wofford knocked in Gettinger with a single and Eaton touched the plate on a bases loaded walk as the Z’s bulge increased to 11-5.
Gettinger’s base hit in the fifth, coupled with a Sequoyah fielding error, drove in pinch-runner Cash Flegal and Wofford’s sacrifice fly accounted for Gettinger, ending the game due to the run rule.
Down 3-1 after two innings, Sequoyah made its move in the third. Four hits off Pries and two Claremore errors did the damage. Cleanup hitter Grayson Foster drove in a run and a double off Mattrick Matussak’s stick plated Hayden Clark with the tying run.
Foster gave the Eagles a 4-3 edge, scoring on a Claremore misplay, and Trevor Wood singled to left, driving home Matussak to make it 5-3.
The Zebras rallied quickly in the bottom of the third. Hampton greeted Sequoyah reliever Brycen McCoy’s first pitch by yanking it over the left field fence. With one out, Dotson ran across to tie the game at 5-5 on a fielder’s choice off Green’s bat.