With her team trailing by two runs in the fifth inning, Julia Hoffman took matters into her own hands.
Jadyn Muns, Emily Rogers and Maddox Thomas led off the frame with consecutive singles, and Hoffman brought them all home in one go, blasting a 3-RBI double to centerfield.
That hit gave Claremore a lead it wouldn’t surrender, for the Lady Zebras went on to claim an 8-5 upset victory over Carl Albert, the defending Class 5A state champion, in the Shawnee Tournament on Saturday.
Hoffman finished 2-for-3 at the plate.
A bases-loaded hit by pitch added to Claremore’s advantage four at-bats later, and Muns drove in Alyssa Poorboy with a single to the pitcher to make it 7-5 before Lauren Feeler capped the scoring spree on a Lady Titans error.
Poorboy was credited with the victory in the circle, allowing 11 hits and one walk while striking out one and keeping Carl Albert scoreless in three of the final four innings.
Muns led Claremore with a 3-for-4 outing at the plate, while Rogers and Terran Schornick joined her and Hoffman in the multi-hit club, tallying two apiece.
Most of the Lady Titans’ runs came on a three-run homer to centerfield from Taliya Talley in the second inning, giving them a 4-1 lead.
A sacrifice fly from Abbey Hagen and an RBI single from Rylee Vanaman gave the Lady Zebras their first two runs of the contest.
Claremore (7-4) then defeated Lawton MacArthur, 13-1, to finish the tournament undefeated.
Muns, Rogers, Schornick, Poorboy, Hagen and Feeler accounted for all 12 of the team’s hits with two hits each. Five of those hits were doubles — two from Schornick.