Together Everyone Achieves More.
With the No. 1-ranked Verdigris Cardinals, every victory and every state championship the past two years has been credited to superb ‘teamwork’.
On Monday evening, Mitch Hammack hurled a three-hitter and Riley Keizor delivered an RBI-triple in the bottom of the fourth inning to send the Cardinals past Claremore Sequoyah, 11-2 in Will Rogers Conference action.
The victory improved Verdigris to 11-1 on the year and 3-0 in conference.
The Cardinals, who entered the series with Sequoyah fresh off a 3-1 outing in Arizona over Spring Break, got to Eagles’ starting pitcher Logan Tacker early and often.
Ryan Skalnik’s RBI-single to left field in the bottom of the first followed by Hammack’s RBI-single gave the Cardinals a 2-0 advantage.
The lead grew to 3-0 in the bottom of the second on Kale Keith’s RBI-single off the glove of Sequoyah shortstop McKaine Foster.
Verdigris — playing without senior shortstop/pitcher Blake Battenfield — scored in six of the seven innings and built an 8-0 cushion for Hammack.
The 5-foot-11, 220-pound right-handed pitcher (Hammack) held Sequoyah without a hit until the top of the third inning.
Sequoyah second baseman Tanner Helm, who finished with two singles, got the Eagles’ first hit — a single to left-center field in the third.
Sequoyah, however, was unable to capitalize, leaving Helm stranded on second base.
Ryan Hurd’s 2-run triple to right-center field in the bottom half of the third increased the Cardinals’ lead to 5-0.
Then, in the bottom of the fourth, the Cardinals used an RBI-triple by Keizor and an RBI-single by Blake Stone to go up 8-0.
Sequoyah answered with a pair of runs in the sixth, despite trailing 9-0.
Yance McGill plated Tacker on an RBI-single to right-center field, and Helm manufactured a run-scoring opportunity with an RBI-single to cut the deficit to 9-2.
Verdigris closed the door in the bottom half of the sixth with Tanner Smith and Skalnik driving in the final two runs to seal the win.
Keizor, No. 1 Verdigris crush Sequoyah
Together Everyone Achieves More.
'Twice as Nice'
When it comes to the 3A State Tournament and Oklahoma City, the Verdigris High School basketball teams are a household name.
Head coaches Randy Upshaw and Mike Buntin lead their programs back to the 'Capitol City' this week for a chance to hoist the coveted 3A state championship on Saturday night at the Big House.
Cards fly into 3A State Tournament
Verdigris junior guard Cade Upshaw lives for March Madness.
The 5-foot-10 sharp-shooter overcame a sluggish performance in a loss to Tahlequah Sequoyah to bounce back for a 20-point outing in the Cardinals’ 72-42 win over Antlers Saturday evening in the Class 3A Area Tournament at Checotah Event Center.
CLASS 4A AREA TOURNEY: Vinita eliminates Inola
Vinita used an 18-point third quarter — highlighted by the sophomore leadership of Carsyn Spurgeon — and converted 21-of-34 free throws to notch a 61-55 win over the Inola Lady Longhorns Saturday night in the Class 4A Area Tournament.
‘Soaring to State’
In the hometown of Carrie Underwood, Verdigris senior point guard Baileigh O’Dell proved to be Oklahoma’s ‘Basketball Idol’ in Class 3A Girls Basketball.
The 5-foot-8 floor general put the No. 4-ranked Lady Cardinals on her shoulders and carried Verdigris back to the the state tournament with the 53-40 win over No. 5 Tahlequah Sequoyah Friday night in the Area Championship at the Checotah Event Center.
CLASS 4A AREA TOURNEY: Stilwell advances to State
A jam-packed, vocal crowd — aided by the control of several Claremore Police officers — witnessed Stilwell’s come-from-behind 57-51 win over Harrah Saturday night in the must-win game of the Class 4A Area Tournament at the Claremore High School Gymnasium.
SOFTBALL: Arkansas cruises past Miss. Valley State
The University of Arkansas softball team completed an undefeated run through the Razorback Invitational Sunday afternoon win with a 13-5 victory over Mississippi Valley State at Bogle Park.
AAC WOMEN'S BB TOURNEY: No. 1 UConn routs No. 3 Louisville for title
New league, same result. It's another championship for UConn.
Breanna Stewart scored 20 points and top-ranked Connecticut beat No. 3 Louisville 72-52 on Monday night to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament.
BIG 12 WOMEN'S BB TOURNEY: Sims leads Baylor to championship
Nothing was going to stop Odyssey Sims.
Not her early foul trouble, West Virginia's suffocating defense or the left ankle injury she suffered less than t wo minutes into the Big 12 championship game.
Sims, the Big 12 player of the year, bounced back and scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half to help No. 9 Baylor defeat No. 7 West Virginia 74-71 Monday night and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. It was Sims' fourth championship in four years.
BIG 12 WOMEN'S BB: Kansas State fires coach Deb Patterson
Kansas State has fired women's basketball coach Deb Patterson, announcing the move two days after an opening-round loss in the Big 12 tournament.
NCAA MEN'S BB: Florida, Wichita State stay 1-2 in AP poll
Florida, which finished an unbeaten season in the Southeastern Conference, and Wichita State, which completed an undefeated regular season, are the top two teams in the AP college basketball poll for the third straight week.
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