CLAREMORE — It didn’t have the dramatics of a walk-off home run in the bottom of the final inning. Even so, Dustin Weiesnbach’s towering blast over the left field fence had the same effect Monday night at Legendary Legion Park in Claremore’s 13-3 win over Tulsa Memorial.
The Zebra third baseman capped a perfect night at the plate with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. It allowed Claremore to post its eighth run-rule victory of the season while improving to 17-6 overall.
Hitting leadoff in the batting order, Weiesnbach scored three runs and knocked in three while adding up a double, two singles, and the game-ending homer. In addition he was hit by a pitch in the third inning. In all, he reached base safely each of his five plate appearances.
In the meantime Zebra pitcher Taylor Davis appeared to be in deep trouble early when he gave up five straight base hits in the second inning. The visiting Chargers grabbed a 3-1 edge before making an out.
Once an out was registered, it was all Davis and the Zebra defense needed from then on. The next 12 batters went down in order. A throwing error at the start of the sixth inning broke the string, but the next and final three took a quick seat back on the bench.
Memorial, now 4-17, had a double and five singles, all in the first two innings. Davis struck out five without walking any.
Claremore used Weiesnbach’s leadoff double and a Brady Brim single to score the game’s first run.
The Chargers didn’t have long to enjoy their go-ahead rally in the second inning. Claremore answered with four more runs after two outs were registered.
Brady Kropp started things by reaching base on an error. Brandon Ulhorn, Weiesnbach, Garrett Wood, Brim and Jeff Oxford followed with hits to regain the lead.
The bottom half of the Zebra batting order stepped up the next two innings. Davis, hitting No. 6 and catcher Noah Grimett No. 8, both reached base twice and scored four of the next six runs.
No. 9 hitter Brandon Ulhorn also scored three runs while knocking in two others with two singles and two walks.
He started the sixth with a base on balls to set the stage for Weiesnbach’s home run.
Claremore improved to 8-1 in district standings, a half-game behind Collinsville’s 9-1. In case of a season ending tie between the two schools the Zebras currently hold the tiebreaker advantage.
Ceremonies were held prior to the game to honor long time Zebra backer Wayne McCombs.
Due to earlier rain storms there was some doubt if the field could be ready. A two-hour delay was called and another key Zebra supporter, Jerry Schivally, volunteered his helicopter to help dry out the field.
Except for some damp spots in the outfield, the field was in perfect shape for the first pitch.