The Timberwolves defeated Huntsville 1-0 in the first game of the tournament and Collierville, Tenn., 2-0 in the semifinals.
Norman North met the Memphis University Prep School in the championship game and lost on penalty kicks after regulation ended in a 1-1 tie. Claros praised the Timberwolves' defense, especially center backs Curtis McRae and Ashton Bray, both Central Arkansas signees.
“Losing on penalty kicks for the third time this year kind of stinks,” Claros said. “But we got a lot out of the trip. Every year we have done something like this and we've always come back stronger than before.”
Norman North, the defending state and national champion, defeated U.S. Grant 4-0 in a makeup game on Monday night. The Timberwolves are 5-3 on the season entering Tuesday's night scheduled game against Lawton.
BILL TIPTON TOURNAMENT
Carl Albert's annual Bill Tipton Tournament will begin play Thursday at four sites.
Eight of the 14 baseball teams involved are in the top 10 in one of the state's top three classes, led by Class 5A No. 1 Carl Albert and 6A No. 2 Yukon.
The tournament also features 6A No. 10 Westmoore, 5A No. 3 Chickasha, 5A No. 6 Bishop McGuinness, 5A No. 8 McAlester, 4A No. 5 Weatherford and 4A No. 8 Blanchard. Shawnee (5A No. 11), Duncan (5A No. 14), Lawton MacArthur (5A No. 17), Altus (5A No. 19), Clinton and the OKC Broncos are also playing in the tournament.
Pool play the first two days is set for four sites — Carl Albert, Bishop McGuinness, Shawnee and Yukon.
Carl Albert will play McAlester at 11 a.m. Thursday to start the tournament.
Carl Albert and Shawnee will host the final day of play Saturday.