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April 23, 2014

Berryhill’s White strikes out 17, tosses no-hitter over No. 1 Verdigris

BERRYHILL — Top-ranked Class 3A Verdigris got White-washed by 4A No.3 Berryhill on Tuesday night.

In a battle of 2013 state champions, Chiefs’ ace Nick White — a future Oklahoma State pitcher —  fired a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts, igniting a 5-0 victory over the Cardinals.

The game was originally scheduled at Verdigris, but moved to Berryhill due to wet grounds.

Using a fastball consistently clocked at 90 miles per hour, White fanned all but one Verdigris hitter at least once and was the only Chief with more than two hits.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound right hander, listed as a National High School Player to Watch in 2014 by Collegiate Baseball, drove in a run in the first inning and also singled in the fourth inning among Berryhill’s eight hits.

Verdigris placed seven runners on base, six coming from walks by White. Perhaps the closest the Cardinals came to a hit was in the sixth inning when lead off man Ryan Skalnik, the only Cardinal not to strike out, lofted a deep ball to right field where Mason Million executed a running, over the head catch.

Verdigris left two runners on base in the fifth inning. Left fielder Brady Smith walked and reached second on a ball off Kale Keith’s bat.

Shortstop Christian Davidson fielded the bouncer, but failed to catch Brady at second and Keith reached base on a fielder’s choice.

The Chiefs sent 10 men to the plate and scored four times on four hits in the first frame.

Davidson singled and was driven in by White.

Jacob Bailey’s base hit scored White and Bailey came home on a bases loaded walk by Verdigris starter Gabe Brown. Another single by Nate Inhofe plated first baseman Carson West.

Berryhill closed it out with one more run in the fourth. Tyler Rosenquist singled, was sacrificed to second and scored when Million doubled down the third base line.

Keith replaced Brown on the mound in the fourth inning and allowed just one base runner, coming on a two out walk in the fifth.

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