Every player in the Claremore lineup punched at least one hit, and the Lady Zebras tuned up for the regional tournament with a 15-1 home victory over Bishop Kelley on Tuesday night.
Shortstop Jadyn Muns and first baseman Julia Hoffman combined for six hits and six runs batted in on Senior Night, propelling Claremore to its fifth-straight win in a 19-14 season. Pitchers Vivian Scuggins and Toney Gibson teamed to limit the Lady Comets to just one hit in the five-inning game.
The Zebras go to Durant next week for the regional tournament. Bishop Kelley left with a 5-14 record.
“We did well, but it’s hard to stay focused on Senior Night,’’ CHS coach Derek Short said. “The last two weeks we’ve started to jell a little bit, and we’ve gotten a lot injured players back. Our defense is a strong point and so is our offense, two things we have to have if we’re going to be a success.’’
After beating the Comets in a District 5A-3 outing, Claremore honored and bid farewell to seven seniors. In addition to Muns and Hoffman, also checking out were second baseman Paiten Reavis, outfielders Camden Warren and Abby Hagen, third baseman Mariah Gilmore and catcher Maddox Thomas.
Thomas missed 16 games with a concussion before recently rejoining the team.
“Maddox is our team leader with her experience. Nothing surprises her,’’ said Short, who added that Thomas hits over .600. “She’s ready for everything. We’re young in the circle, but we’ve got seniors everywhere else. I think playing at Durant is the best draw we could have in the regional except playing at home.’’
Gilmore and freshman Halle Bucktrot each collected two hits in the Zebra’ 16-hit attack. Claremore scored five runs in the first inning, two coming on Hoffman’s double down the third base line and another when Reavis tripled into the left field corner.
Freshman Grace Weaver joined Hoffman in whacking consecutive doubles in the second inning, each driving in a run to make it 8-0. Three runs ran across in the third and four more in the fourth to settle the issue.