KANSAS — It was quite a season opener on the mound for Verdigris.
Austin Neal and Jackson Thies combined for 18 strikeouts, completing a no-hitter in a 6-2 victory over Kansas on Tuesday.
Neal led the way with 12 of those in five innings, with 61.3 percent of his 93 pitches resulting in strikes. Thies relieved him in the final two innings with six strikeouts.
Neal surrendered two runs in the fourth inning on a fielder's choice and an error, but he bounced back with five strikeouts in the next eight at-bats before getting relieved.
Austin Woods, who will be playing Division I football at Arkansas State this fall, opened the scoring in the first inning with a single to centerfield, scoring Brent Olson.
The Cardinals (1-0) went scoreless in the second, but Neal broke that trend in the third.
The senior blasted a line-drive RBI double to leftfield, scoring Toby Willis, who led off the frame with a double of his own to the same area.
Shortly after, Tyler Haddock stole home to make it 3-0.
Despite not tallying a hit in the fourth, Verdigris still managed to tack on three more runs.
Willis grounded into a fielder's choice to score Luke Zaferes, and he made it home two at-bats later on a passed ball.
Haddock then stole home two pitches later, capping the Cardinals' scoring for the evening.
Verdigris travels to Catoosa for a 5 p.m. first pitch with Rogers County foe Catoosa on Thursday.