Senior first baseman Julia Hoffman rapped two of Claremore’s seven hits, but Coweta used one big inning in rolling to an 8-2 Class 5A softball victory Thursday at Lady Zebra Field.
En route to their eighth straight victory in a 9-1 season, the Lady Tigers collected 12 hits as eight of nine batters in their lineup managed at least one.
Coweta erupted for a four-run first inning, spraying six hits. Brooklinn Thomas topped the Tigers’ attack with three hits, including a two-run homer, while Chaney Helton also smacked a two-run shot.
Claremore (5-7) left nine runners on base and had a chance to score in almost every inning. The Lady Z’s finally trimmed a 6-0 deficit with two runs in the fifth. Abbey Hagen led off by looping a single into right field before Coweta reliever Dasia Mason walked Paiten Reavis.
Two batters later, senior shortstop Jaydn Muns singled off Mason’s glove, driving home Hagen, and Reavis scored latter on a wild pitch. Claremore appeared ready for a rally, but Coweta plated two runs in the sixth to thwart the Lady Z’s plans.
Leadoff hitter Kaylie Iott singled to open the frame before Thomas stepped up and delivered a long ball over the center field fence. The Zebras placed two runners on base with no outs in the sixth, but a series of infield popups crushed Claremore’s hopes.
Cookson had one strikeout and no walks in going the distance and taking the loss for CHS. Emily Rogers, Zoie McKellips, Reavis, Muns and Hagen each had one hit.
Coweta’s imposing opening inning included a pair of two-run base hits from Mason and starting pitcher Tarun Robinson. In the fourth inning Iott tripled into right field followed by Helton blasting over left center for a 6-0 lead.
The Zebras placed two runners on base in the third and fourth. A passed ball sent McKellips to third with one out in the third, but a ground ball and a harmless fly scissored the threat. In the fourth with runners at second and third with two away, another pop up spelled doom for Claremore.