By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Glencoe’s Claytin Beaver’s first start on the mound was one that pitchers would dream of — a no-hitter. On Aug. 20, Beaver struck out 10 Mulhall-Orlando batters en route to his gem during an 11-0 victory.
“I was just trying to go out there and throw strikes and blow it past people,” Beaver said. “I didn’t know what was going on until after the game.”
Glencoe coach Tony Cazzelle said Beaver has a great arm and has gained a lot of confidence in him.
“He throws really hard,” Cazzelle said. “He throw 75 pitches and 50 of them were strikes. We got to have him and other guys. His last couple of outings since that game have gone well also.”
Beaver will be one of several arms that Cazzelle will call on this season as the Panthers graduated ace Nathan Melton and No. 2 pitcher Taylor Cavett. Taking the ball is something that Beaver is ready to do.
“I want to do what I can and try to help the team win,” Beaver said. “Cazzelle told me he needed me to pitch and I worked on that.”
At the end of the week, the junior impressed with his bat as he hit two doubles and drove in three runs during Glencoe’s 9-5 victory over Varnum Saturday in the Tuttle Tournament. Beaver said he likes being a hitter. This season, Beaver’s job will be to help bring home runs in the clean-up spot.
“Being able to hit the ball, drive in runs and score runs is a big deal,” Beaver said. “We had Nathan Melton and Taylor Cavett do that for us last season. Now, I hope I’m able to do that.”
When the junior isn’t pitching, he plays first base. Beaver said he doesn’t perfer either pitching or playing in the field more.
“As long as I’m on the field, it’s all the same,” Beaver said.
Last season, Beaver played on Glencoe’s Class A state basketball championship team and last spring’s baseball team that advanced to the Class A state baseball tournament. The then-sophomore was a reserve on the basketball team and is looking forward to having a bigger role on both teams this season.
“I’m older and more experienced,” Beaver said. “Hopefully that should help me, help the team next season.”
The Panthers are 10-3 so far this fall and Beaver hopes the team will finish as strong as it started.
“We are going to be a good team,” Beaver said. “That means we can’t slack our way through the playoffs, just because we got off to a good start.”
Shelby Brunt, Ripley softball
Brunt pitched her second shutout of the season in an 8-0 victory over Olive on Aug. 19. Ripley’s pitcher only allowed one hit and helped the Lady Warriors get off to a 2-0 start.
Chandler Salinas, Ripley baseball
Salinas had a strong week with his arm and bat. On Aug. 20 he threw a three-inning shutout, only allowing an infield hit while striking out 10 in an 11-0 victory over Frontier. On Saturday, Salinas hit a two-run home run to lead Ripley to a 7-5 victory over Arnett in the consolation championship of the Leedey Tournament.
Sam Schwartz, Mulhall-Orlando baseball
Schwartz hit a ground-rule double, drove in three runs and stole a base in the Panthers’ 12-8 victory over Shidler on Friday.
Shelby Hover, Carney softball
Hover picked up five wins last week. She beat Olive and Agra on Aug. 19 and 20 respectively. In the Glencoe Tournament, she beat Shidler, Olive and Cashion.