SLOW PITCH: Claremore opens inaugural season with intracounty win

Mar. 8—Claremore opened its inaugural slow-pitch softball season with a bang.

Well, more like 16, to be exact.

The Lady Zebras rocketed 16 hits off Chelsea pitcher Trinity Wisdom, including a home run, on the way to an 8-5 home victory over the Rogers County foe Tuesday night. They will return to action Monday against Preston and Bartlesville in a doubleheader hosted by the latter.

Jazmine Cookson, who was Claremore's ace pitcher during fast-pitch season, proved to be a firecracker of an offensive threat, hitting a three-run home run to center field in the first inning for the first runs in program history. The Murray State College signee drove in an additional run with a single in the fifth and another after drawing a walk in the sixth, finishing 2-for-3 at the plate with five RBIs.

That fifth-inning single served as a pivotal tiebreaker for the Lady Zebras, who took a 5-4 lead when Halle Bucktrot used Cookson's hit to score from second base. Toney Gibson followed with the game-winning hit three pitches later, scoring Riley Faye with a double to center field.

Claremore managed one more run before the end of the frame when Makenzie McNamara singled in Cookson, whose bases-loaded walk in the sixth capped the team's scoring.

Bucktrot was efficient at the plate, registering a single in all four of her appearances while also scoring three runs after getting on base. Faye had a similar outing, going 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Elsewhere, McNamara went 2-for-3 while Grace Weaver and Gibson both went 2-for-4.

The Lady Green Dragons, who fell to 2-1 with the loss, opened the scoring in the first with a triple from Madison Wammock, scoring Dakota Equels. Two pitches later, Wammock scored on a Nazhoni Tsosie groundout to make it a 2-0 edge.

Cookson's homer in the bottom half gave the Lady Zebras a one-run lead, but Jaclyn Draeger answered with a ground-ball single that scored Wisdom to even the tally at 3. After Gibson reclaimed the lead for Claremore in the third, Draeger equalized the score once more in the fourth when she popped out to center field, allowing Kaylee Lentz to score after tagging up.

However, McNamara kept Chelsea off balance through the next two innings as the Lady Zebras built an 8-4 run. Tsosie ended the Lady Green Dragons' drought in the seventh when she scored Wammock with a single to center field, but with her team already facing two outs, it was too little too late.

McNamara was Claremore's lone pitcher in the win, allowing 14 hits and four walks with no strikeouts while tossing 50 strikes on 88 pitches.

Wammcok led Chelsea with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate alongside an RBI, and Tsosie, Equels and Caddence Trent managed two hits apiece.

Wisdom took the loss, allowing four walks in addition to the 16 hits on 90 pitches.