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.
‘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.
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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.
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