Sports Sunday Correspondent
Claremore’s Lady Zebras had no answer for No. 1 ranked Midwest City Albert in the Class 5A fastpitch softball state tournament in Oklahoma City.
After Carl Albert defeated the Lady Zebras, 2-0, in a nine-inning first-round game on Thursday, the Lady Titans were there again on Friday. They shut out Claremore again, this time, 5-0, and eliminated the Lady Zebras.
In between, Claremore staved off elimination with a win over Skiatook on Thursday and a 6-5, 10-inning decision over Duncan on Friday.
“Keeli Garroutte was phenomenal for us in the Duncan game, even though she was playing with a sore arm, she changed it up and kept them off balance,” Claremore coach Tony Winefield said.
The Lady Zebras went into the sixth inning trailing, 4-0, but rallied with a five-run inning and eventually pushed across the winning run in the 10th.
That dramatic win against Duncan advanced the Lady Zebras into a rematch with Carl Albert.
“We were out of juice in the second game, but just like all season, the girls had a ‘play-to-the-end’ attitude,” Winefield said.
The Lady Titans took the lead in the third with two runs. They tacked on another in the fourth and closed out the Lady Zebras with two more runs in the sixth. Carl Albert moved into the semifinals with a 40-2 record.
The Lady Zebras ended the season with a 25-21 record.
Winefield had announced his resignation earlier in the season. He won the state championship in 2003.
“We had great girls that worked hard and might not have always been the better athletes, but played hard and finished strong,” he said. “They realize that Claremore softball is in the position to win every time they step on the field.”
MWC ALBERT 5, CLAREMORE 0
Claremore 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
MWC Albert 002 102 x — 5 12 0
Glover and Chanley. Bachman and Weaver. W — Bachman (16-1). L — Glover (5-5)
CLAREMORE 6, DUNCAN 5
Claremore 000 005 000 1 — 6 12 0
Duncan 001 030 100 0 — 5 10 2
Garroutte and Chanley. Dines and Harper. W — Garroutte (12-9). L — Dines (16-8)