The Lady Zebras took a break from district play over the weekend to host the annual Claremore Festival.
Claremore played two games on its home diamond Saturday, splitting with Wyandotte and Fairland to brings its overall record to 16-13. The Lady Zebras host Beggs at 5 p.m. Monday before heading into a district doubleheader Tuesday against Nathan Hale.
Pending a major upset to the Lady Rangers, the Lady Zebras have locked up second place in District 5A-3 and await their regional assignment.
Here is how Saturday’s games went down:
Wyandotte 6, Claremore 0: Claremore managed one hit, and that was about it.
Gracie Turner kept the Lady Zebras off balance from the circle, striking out seven with no walks on 72 pitches through six innings. Alyssa Poorboy registered the only hit for Claremore with a single in the bottom of the third inning.
Poorboy also took the loss, allowing six runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out two on 67 pitches through four innings. Jaz Cookson threw two innings of relief, surrendering two hits on 32 pitches.
Singles from Taylor Lundien and Haley Jones in the first and second, respectively, gave the Lady Bears a 2-0 lead, and Wyandotte added two more in the third via an error and an RBI single to right field from Mallory Butterfield.
The Lady Bears went scoreless in the fourth but scored twice more in the fifth when Jones notched a 2-RBI double with a shot to right field.
Turner finished 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Wyandotte in hits while Haley Hart and Jones added two apiece.
Despite being a 2A team, the Lady Bears are one of the top squads in the state this year. They held an overall record of 31-2 as of the weekend with a 14-0 mark in District 2A-6, which includes Chelsea.
Wyandotte is tied with Class 3A’s Washington (31-4) for the most wins in the state, regardless of class.
Claremore 3, Fairland 2: It took extra innings, but Paiten Reavis made sure the Lady Zebras prevailed.
The junior executed an RBI bunt on the first at-bat in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Abbey Hagen for an exciting international tiebreaker win.
The international tiebreaker goes into effect when a game is tied after a certain number of innings. Once enacted, a runner is placed on second base each inning to help bring the contest to a speedier conclusion.
The tiebreaker began in the eighth inning, and the Lady Owls struck first when Grace Goins scored Kinley Powell with a single to right field to make it 2-1. Julia Hoffman answered in the bottom half, though, driving in Terran Schornick with a single to left field.
There was no score until the third when Emily Rogers hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Jadyn Muns in the process. Claremore maintained that 1-0 advantage for nearly two innings, but an error in the fifth allowed Keena Webb to even the count for Fairland.
Maddox Thomas led the Lady Zebras at the plate with two hits, both of which were doubles. Erica Schertz took the loss for the Lady Owls, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out seven on 129 pitches through eight innings.
Fairland – led by Alexis Boyd and Makynzi Jones with two hits each – managed eight hits off Poorboy, but the Claremore senior lasted the full nine innings and secured the win with two strikeouts on 87 pitches.