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SLOW PITCH: Claremore tops Chelsea, Colcord in Ketchum Festival

Mar. 15—After a tough start to the week resulted in four-consecutive losses, Claremore showed resilience and got back on track with a pair of victories in the Ketchum Festival.

The Lady Zebras showed their mettle Thursday, topping Rogers County foe Chelsea 6-5 before taking down Colcord 6-2 to improve to 3-4 on the season ahead of spring break. They don't play again until 5 p.m. Monday, March 25, at home against Locust Grove.

CLAREMORE 6, CHELSEA 5

Aubrey Pilgrim was the hero at the plate, notching a triple to right field to score Makenzie McNamara for the game-winning run in the top of the sixth inning.

Pilgrim's hit broke a 5-all tie, which the Lady Green Dragons had forced not long before in the fifth when Nazhoni Tsosie singled in Jaclyn Draeger.

She was one of four Claremore players to record multiple hits, finishing with two. Her other came in the form of a double in the second, setting herself up to score just one pitch later on a Peyton Wright groundout to the pitcher that increased the edge to 4-1.

Addison Reavis led the team with three hits while Riley Faye, Grace Weaver and Jazmine Cookson managed two apiece as the Lady Zebras registered 14 hits.

Those weren't Claremore's only multibag hits, though.

Cookson started the scoring with a three-run home run to center field in the first inning, and Weaver added a solo shot over the left-field wall in the fifth, giving the Lady Zebras a 5-4 advantage. Faye had a double in the second, but it didn't result in any runs.

Chelsea had its fair share of big hits as well, finishing with 15 overall. None were more impactful than Draeger's homer to lead off the bottom of the first, trimming the Lady Green Dragons' deficit to 3-1.

Draeger, Dakota Equels, Trinity Wisdom and Avery Lawhorn had two hits apiece while Tsosie led the team with three.

Chelsea rallied in the fourth inning with three runs to even the tally at 4, with Caddence Trent (single), Tessa Jones (groundout) and Sarrah Jarrell (single) driving in scores.

McNamara started in the circle for Claremore, tossing 32 strikes on 45 pitches before Tessa Sweet pitched one inning of relief. Sweet was efficient as well, lobbing four strikes on only five pitches.

Wisdom pitched the full game for the Lady Green Dragons, lasting 68 throws, 44 of which resulted in strikes.

CLAREMORE 6, COLCORD 2

McNamara gave up the big one early, but that was about it.

The Lady Zebras' ace took care of business from the circle after surrendering a two-run home run to Quincie Chunestudey in the first, forcing Colcord to go three up and three down in five of the last six innings while allowing only five hits — all singles — along the way. She finished with two strikeouts on 46 pitches in a full-game effort, tossing a total of 35 strikes.

McNamara also made a crucial play at the plate, driving in Reavis for the game-winning run with a groundout to the second baseman in the fourth inning as Claremore claimed a 3-2 lead.

Despite the early 2-0 deficit, the Lady Zebras quickly evened the tally in the bottom of the first thanks to a single from Faye and a Toney Gibson double. Later, Cookson followed McNamara's crucial fourth-inning RBI with a three-run homer in the fifth, increasing the edge to a comfortable to 6-2 spread.

Halle Bucktrot, Weaver, Gibson and Reavis accounted for eight of Claremore's 13 hits with two apiece. Bucktrot hit a triple and a double in the win, and Reavis added a triple as well while Weaver and Gibson both managed a double.

The Lady Hornets managed only six hits off McNamara, with Chunestudey leading the way with two. Ramsey Haggard took the loss despite 72.7% of her pitches resulting in strikes.