Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

April 14, 2013

PERFECTION

Verdigris’ Owens tosses 2nd-straight Perfect Game

VERDIGRIS — In 23 years of coaching, Verdigris’ Brian Keith witnessed something amazing Thursday night at Cardinal Stadium.

Right-handed pitcher JW Owens tossed his second consecutive perfect game of the season, leading the Class 3A No. 1-ranked Cardinals past Kellyville, 9-0 in the first game of the Cushing Tournament.

Owens held Kellyville to no runs, no hits, no walks, no runners on base and finished with six strikeouts in five complete innings.

His first perfect game came on April 4 in a 10-0 win over Victory Christian.

Riding the impressive performance of Owens, the Cardinals backed up their silky-smooth pitcher with three runs in the top of the second inning.

Kale Keith’s 2-run single to left field and Peyton Battenfield’s RBI-single to right field electrified the Cardinals’ second inning.

One inning later, Blake Battenfield generated two more runs for the Cardinals on a bunt that was misplayed by the Kellyville pitcher, who sailed the throw down the right field line, and allowed Tanner Smith and Mitch Hammack to score while Battenfield advanced to third base.

Ryan Skalnik smashed an RBI-double to deep left-center field to score Battenfield and Reese Phillips provided a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Skalnik as Verdigris increased their lead to 7-0.

The Cardinals got their final two runs in the top half of the fourth as Ryan Hurd led off with a single and later scored on Smith’s towering RBI-double to the left-field wall.

Smith would, however, race home on the throwing error by the Kellyville catcher to make it 9-0.

Through five innings, Owens mixed in a tenacious fastball with a nasty curveball to tame the Kellyville hitters.

Owens faced 15 hitters on the night with only four balls reaching the outfield.

The Cardinals’ defense — led by the spectacular diving plays of right-fielder Reese Phillips and left-fielder Tanner Smith — proved to be difference-makers in Owens’ chasing another historic moment in his prep career.

The Cardinals improved to 19-2 on the year with the win.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0344web.jpg ‘Lucky 7’ comes through in the 3rd

    Over the course of his four-year baseball career at Verdigris High School, third baseman Ryan Skalnik has had his share of memorable at-bats.
    None more important than Tuesday’s appearance in the Large School East-West All-State Game at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa.
    Skalnik, who was the lone senior this season for Verdigris and a four-time Class 3A state champion, thrived under pressure in the top of the third inning for the East.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • BASEBALL: Larue, Skalnik power East to 3-0 victory

    The East blanked the West 3-0 in the Large School All-State Baseball Game Tuesday night at J. L. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Oral Roberts University.
    Claremore catcher Matt Whatley and third baseman Ryan Skalnik of Verdigris represented Rogers County in the contest.
    Skalnik finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI's.  Whatley was 0-for-1 with a walk.

    July 30, 2014

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • RSU places 77 student-athletes on Heartland Conference Academic All-Conference Honor Roll

    The Heartland Conference announced that more than 1000 student-athletes from its 12 member institutions landed a spot on the Academic All-Conference honor roll, including 77 from Rogers State.
     
    The Hillcats had 33 student-athletes named to the President's Honor Roll while 44 earned Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition.

    July 31, 2014

  • Indoor football coming back to Enid?

     Is Enid ready to give professional arena football another try? Oklahoma City businessman Antwone Taulton and Enid Enforcers owner Mark Timberlake think so, and are in the early stages of a plan they hope will see the return of arena football in 2015 to Enid after an absence of more than 10 years. And if things progress as one league executive expects, an official announcement could be forthcoming in the near future.

    July 31, 2014

  • OU holds Mixon out of practice, investigation continues

    Preseason practice begins for Oklahoma today, but freshman running back Joe Mixon will not be there, the school announced Wednesday night.

    The university, in its statement, said “Joe Mixon is not reporting for team activities at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

    July 31, 2014

  • Ticket options available for Arkansas women's basketball

    The excitement surrounding head coach Jimmy Dykes and the 2014-15 University of Arkansas women’s basketball season is building every day in Northwest Arkansas.

    As the excitement builds, the Razorback Ticket Center has announced the availability of women’s basketball season ticket plans including several new options for this season.  Tickets go on sale beginning today and can be purchased online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or by calling the Razorback Ticket Center at 800-982-4647.  Current season ticket holders will receive renewal forms in the mail the first week of August.

    July 31, 2014

  • Ex-OSU baseball players Oliver, Hague on new paths in All-Star season

    Matt Hague has transitioned to being a power hitter and Andy Oliver has evolved into a shutdown closer.

    The former Oklahoma State players were both named International League All-Stars after reinventing themselves this season with the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    July 31, 2014

  • Ex-Sooner Courtney Paris finding niche with Shock

    It looked like it came easily to Courtney Paris. The minute she stepped foot on the campus at the University of Oklahoma in 2005, it seemed she was already an All-American and destroying the competition in the Big 12 and across the nation.

    July 31, 2014

  • MLB: Keuchel tosses 4-hitter, Astros roll past A's

    In at least one category, Dallas Keuchel is Clayton Kershaw's equal. For at least one three-game series, Houston was better than Oakland.

    Keuchel pitched a four-hitter and Robbie Grossman homered to cap a six-run first inning that sent the Astros past the Athletics 8-1 Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014