Claremore Daily Progress

July 12, 2013

‘All-American Cardinal’

Verdigris’ Battenfield earns 2nd team recognition from MaxPreps

Tim Ritter
Sports Editor

VERDIGRIS — The postseason baseball honors continue to make their way to Verdigris.

Blake Battenfield, a 2013 graduate of Verdigris High School and one of the top right-handed pitchers in the state of Oklahoma, earned second-team All-American honors from MaxPreps Wednesday afternoon after leading the Cardinals to three consecutive Class 3A state championships.

According to Verdigris High School head baseball coach Brian Keith, “Blake is one of the best, if not the best pitcher I’ve coached in my 20 years. He was our mainstay for the past four years and the records (or state titles) reflect his overall leadership and importance to this baseball program.”

Battenfield, who signed to play college baseball for Oklahoma State University this fall, capped off an impressive four-year career with the Cardinals, winning three state championships and compiling a 33-4 overall record with 313 strikeouts.

This past season, Battenfield went 7-0 and finished with a 0.28 earned run average.

Battenfield earned Tulsa World All-Metro first-team accolades, as well as Oklahoma Coaches Association first-team Class 3A-6A All-State honors. He was also a four-time member of the All-Will Rogers Conference baeball team.

In the Cardinals’ 7-1 win over Vian for the Class 3A state championship, Battenfield capped off his prep baseball career with a 4-for-4 performance and two doubles.

He also tossed three scoreless innings in relief of senior starter J.W. Owens to earn the save.

Battenfield also contributed with a 15-strikeout outing in the Cardinals’ opening game of the Class 3A state tournament. Battenfield led Verdigris to the 3-0 win after hurling a two-hitter against Oklahoma Christian School.