Alyssa Poorboy could feel things getting shaky.
The senior pitcher surrendered four-consecutive hits to begin the seventh inning, including a 3-RBI double to center field that allowed Glenpool to trim a five-run deficit to two with no outs.
However, just as she has in the past, Poorboy proved she had everything under control.
She kept the Lady Warriors hitless the remainder of the frame, forcing two groundouts and a fielder’s choice to secure a 7-5 home victory for Claremore in the Class 5A Regional 6 semifinals Tuesday night.
“I knew if something bad happened and we let them score, we were going to come back the next (frame) and win it,” Poorboy said. “I had absolute faith in my defense there.”
Poorboy finished with four strikeouts on 104 pitches through seven innings, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs.
The Lady Zebras, now one win away from their first state tournament berth since 2013, play the winner of Glenpool and Edison at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Regardless the opponent, Claremore (21-13) would have to fall twice to lose its grasp on the regional title. The “if” game would take place at 4 p.m.
“That’s obviously the position we wanted to put ourselves in, but our job’s not finished yet,” Lady Zebras coach Keeli Garroutte said. “Now we kind of have an idea of what their strengths and weaknesses are, so I’m excited to get out there again tomorrow for Game 2. Going into an inning up five, I wasn’t really super nervous. They’re a good team and can hit a little bit, so it’s going to happen, and it did. But I’m pretty confident in our defense to make plays, and we ended up getting out of it.
“It was a nail-biter, but we pulled through.”
Poorboy contributed offensively as well.
She went 2-for-3 at the plate, hitting a two-run home run in the first inning as part of a 5-0 run that helped Claremore overcome an early 2-0 deficit. It was her fourth homer of the season.
Emily Rogers and Julia Hoffman preceded the blast with an RBI groundout and an RBI single, respectively, to tie the game, and Maddox Thomas scored on an error shortly after to give the Lady Zebras a permanent lead.
Vivian Scuggins and Paiten Reavis added a pair of RBI singles in the third to increase the advantage to 7-2, which is where the score stayed until Glenpool’s seventh-inning rally.
Poorboy, Hoffman and Thomas accounted for six of Claremore’s nine hits, tallying two apiece.
“All I was thinking about was getting a base hit, getting on base and giving my runners the best chance to score,” Poorboy said of the home run at-bat. “It just so happened that she pitched one right down the middle, and I got a hold of it.”
The Lady Zebras defeated Will Rogers 14-2 earlier in the day thanks in large part to Jaz Cookson.
The freshman contributed a 2-RBI single during a 10-run first inning while also pitching the team to victory with nine strikeouts on 59 pitches through five innings, surrendering only one hit and no earned runs.
She finished 2-for-3 at the plate with 3 RBIs, co-leading Claremore in hits alongside Jadyn Muns.
“She had a torn growth plate in her hip for most of the season, and she just started throwing in games again last week,” Garroutte said. “She came in and did a really good job and stayed efficient. She threw a lot of strikes and allowed us to not have to throw Alyssa at all.
“That definitely helps.”