VERDIGRIS — Whether it was on the mound or at the plate, Sloan Roller couldn’t be stopped.
The senior showed a bit of pure brilliance on both offense and defense, tallying two hits — a single and a triple — while also striking out eight opposing batters in a 10-0 Verdigris run-rule win over Salina in five innings on Friday afternoon.
Roller flew out on his first at-bat, but he atoned for the miscue with a 2-RBI single to right field in the second inning, scoring Toby Willis and Austin Neal to give the Cardinals a 6-0 advantage.
He didn’t drive home any runs with his triple in the fourth, but Jax Ryan ensured his teammate’s effort wasn’t in vain, singling him in with a line-drive shot to right field.
Similarly, Roller allowed a lead-off single to open the game but didn’t surrender another until the Wildcats managed a pair of singles off him in the fifth, but neither amounted to anything.
Ty Moore opened the scoring in the first with his only hit of the game on a fly-ball single to second base, driving in Neal.
The Verdigris offense picked up in the second, scoring five runs on three hits.
Jaren Keith scored Ryan with a groundball double to left field to get things started, and he stole home soon after following a Brent Olson single. Olson scored on the next play thanks to a line-drive single to left field from Willis.
Willis was one of four Cardinals to notch two hits. The others were Roller, Ryan and Keith.
Verdigris managed 11 hits in all while suffering only two strikeouts.
Next up was Roller’s 2-RBI single, which gave the Cardinals a 6-0 advantage. They wouldn’t score again until a Willis groundball double to third base scored Olson in the third.
Willis had to wait only one pitch to return home, scoring on Neal’s single to the same area to bring the tally to 8-0.
Roller scored the next run on Ryan’s aforementioned single in the fourth, and Keith drove him in soon after, capping the scoring with a line-drive single to left field.