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SLOW PITCH: Claremore swept after tough offensive day

Mar. 13—Claremore had a tough offensive showing in its home doubleheader Tuesday night.

Despite collecting 18 hits through the two games, the Lady Zebras had trouble scoring runs as they suffered a 12-1 loss to Bartlesville before dropping a 13-3 decision to Muskogee in the nightcap. They fell to 1-4 with the defeats and will return to action Thursday in the Ketchum Festival.

BARTLESVILLE 12, CLAREMORE 1

Five Lady Bruins managed multiple hits, with Lexi Durao leading the way with three — including two home runs.

Durao opened the scoring in the first inning for Bartlesville with a single center field, providing just a glimpse of what she had in store from the plate. She sent her first homer over the center-field wall in the third inning, increasing the lead to 5-1.

She was at it again in the fourth, sending another ball to center field before Isabell Daniels followed suit five pitches later with a home run to left field, ballooning the advantage to 12-1.

Allie Scullawl, Savannah Alden (1 RBI), Daniels (2 RBIs) and Chelsea Goddard (1 RBI) joined Durao in the multihit club with two apiece, while Kenzie Denny and Nani Takahashi also drove in runs with two and one RBIs.

Claremore's lone run came on a single from Jazmine Cookson in the first inning, scoring Halle Bucktrot to trim the early deficit to 3-1. Riley Faye had a highlight hit as well, doubling to left field in the third. Unfortunately for the Lady Zebras, it didn't lead to any runs.

Makenzie McNamara took the loss in the circle, tossing 98 pitches in a complete-game effort. Layla Bloom claimed the win for the Lady Bruins, with just over 50% of her 67 pitches resulting in strikes.

MUSKOGEE 13, CLAREMORE 3

The Lady Roughers wasted little time getting runners on base and runs on the scoreboard.

Muskogee opened the first inning with three-consecutive doubles as part of a six-hit frame in which it scored eight runs. The last of those three doubles, a fly ball from Jaliyah Simmons, drove in the first run, and Lariah Stewart followed with an RBI groundout to score Kambri Johnson.

Shay Grissom singled in Simmons shortly thereafter, and a pair of bases-loaded walks pushed the score to 5-0 before Jaye Barnoski and Johnson added consecutive RBI singles. Jamiah Maxwell stole home for the final score of the frame.

McNamara kept the Lady Roughers quiet through the next two innings while Claremore cut into the lead on RBI singles from Toney Gibson and Bucktrot in the first and second, respectively, but Muskogee wasn't done recording big hits.

Barnoski launched a two-run homer to left field in the third to make it 10-2, and Stewart managed one of her own in the fourth with a shot over the center-field wall. That was the first of two home runs for Stewart, who also hit a solo shot in the sixth inning for the final run of the game.

Her sister Alexandria Stewart managed an RBI double in the fifth, answering Faye's single that scored Emoree Woody for the Lady Zebras in the fourth.

The Lady Roughers finished with 17 hits, with Barnoski and Grissom pacing the team with three apiece. Johnson, Lariah Stewart, Madison Phillips and Alexandria Stewart also had multiple hits with two each, while Piper Knight took the win in the circle with 95 pitches through 5.2 innings.

Faye, Grace Weaver and Gibson accounted for six of Claremore's 10 hits with two apiece, and McNamara took the loss after tossing 97 pitches through six innings.