Verdigris eased into yet another state softball tournament with three dominating wins at their 3A regional softball tournament Friday and Saturday.
Verdigris, ranked No. 2 with a 31-5 record, will open play Thursday at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. Times and opponents have not been released at press time. Go to claremoreprogress.com for further information.
Verdigris smashed Sperry 10-0 and Kansas 6-2 on Friday, and then blew out Sperry 8-1 in the regional finals on Saturday.
In other scores from around Rogers County, Oologah beat Tulsa Rogers twice in the bi-district tournament, 12-0 and 12-0 and are now 30-5 heading into regionals; and Foyil lost its bid to advance to the state tournament at the Pioneer-Pleasant Vale regional. On Friday, the host team beat Foyil 11-1, but the Panthers stayed alive with a 7-4 win over Barnsdall. But on Saturday, the host school ended Foyil’s season 14-7. Foyil finished at 18-18.
Verdigris 10, Sperry 0 — The Pirates had little chance in the regional opener. With only one hit allowed by Toni Shawnee, the Cardinals rolled with 10 hits and no errors in the field.
A two-run double by Megan Turner and a two-run homer by Shaydee Hill in the third put Verdigris up 5-0.
Then in the sixth, two walks, an error, two singles and a two-run double by Jaylan Gibson ended the game by mercy rule.
Haley Schoeling was 2-for-3, while Gibson, Turner and Hill all had two hits.
Verdigris 6, Kansas 2 — Verdigris fell behind 2-0, were out-hit by Kansas 10-8 and had three errors in the field, but still managed a comfortable 6-2 win.
After allowing two first-inning runs, the Cardinals had two singles and an error which loaded the bases in the bottom of the first. An error allowed two runs to come home and a single by Jaylan Gibson made it 3-2. They would never trail again.
Jaylan Gibson was 3-for-4. Faith Weiesnbach was 2-for-3.
Shawnee needed 101 pitches to get this win. She scattered 10 hits and allowed just those two first-inning runs.
Verdigris 8, Sperry 1 — The Cardinals faced Sperry again in the regional finals on Saturday, and ended the game strong for the win and the state berth.
Verdigris led 1-0 after five innings, but in the top of the fifth, the Cardinals scored four runs to take control, and three more to nail the door shut in the seventh.
Verdigris out-hit Sperry 13-4.
The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI-single by Hill. But they wouldn’t score again until the sixth. Schoeling capped that four-run inning with a two-run single to make it 5-0.
Sperry got a home run in the sixth to make it 5-1, but the Cardinals answered with an RBI sacrifice fly by Hill and a two-run single by Kylie Green.
Shawnee was 3-for-3, and Turner, Jaysan Gibson and Green all had two hits. Jaysan Gibson was the winning pitcher. She allowed one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts.
Pioneer-Pleasant Vale 11, Foyil 1 — Foyil pitcher Morgan Valliere was sent in to replace an injured Matti Otis in the first inning, and Pioneer-Pleasant Vale took advantage. The Panthers had just two hits in the loss.
Foyil 7, Barnsdall 4 — The Panthers stayed alive with a 7-4 win over Barnsdall Friday evening.
The game was tied at 2 into the sixth inning when Barnsdall sacrificed home the go-ahead score in the bottom of the inning. But in the top of the seventh, Foyil decided it wasn’t time to go home yet, and rattled off five runs. Savanna Simmons and Taryn Cuccaro each got hits. Matti Otis also singled and Whittney Williams trove in the game-tying run.
Barnsdall tried to intentionally walk Valliere, but the first pitch was too close, and she then belted a triple to right field. She later scored and Foyil led 7-2.
Barnsdall had something going in the bottom of the seventh, but hit a grounder to Valliere who started a 6-2-5 double play to end the game.
“They fought hard in a close game,” said coach Phil Webb. “I’m so proud of them. They didn’t let the first game dictate how they played the second game. It was fun to watch.”
Pioneer-Pleasant Vale 14, Foyil 7 — Reading more like a football score, Foyil saw its season end Saturday. Pioneer-Pleasant Vale scored eight runs in the first and the Panthers never recovered.
“We came out tight and probably tired. But once we settled down, it was a great game. It was a totally different game than when we played them the day before,” said Webb.
Foyil had 13 hits and outscored its opponent the rest of the way, but the hole was too deep.
“A 4-2 record in the playoffs is pretty good,” Webb said. “We had bigger goals than that. I told the ladies that I know we are all disappointed in how the season ended, but I also know for a fact that we didn’t disappoint any of our fans with our season. I’m so proud of these ladies, so are a lot of people. They showed poise and class all season. They represented our community very well and our community also represented us well in Pioneer. We had a great ride, we just wish it would have lasted a little longer.”