Verdigris was retired in order in its first at bat in a Class 4A bi-district playoff doubleheader against Cushing Friday afternoon.
But that three-up, three-down performance proved to be the only such one of the day for the home-standing Cardinals.
Austin Woods led off the second inning of the opener with a solo home run and from there it was all Verdigris as the Cardinals rolled to 12-2 and 17-2 mercy-rule victories to advance to regional action.
Sloan Roller drove in four runs while Ty Moore added two more to power Verdigris in the first game.
Meanwhile, Tristen Hilton went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in three runs to highlight a 15-hit attack in the second-game romp.
The Cardinals, who were the designated visiting team for the opening game, collected eight hits and took advantage of eight walks and two hit batsmen—courtesy of three Cushing pitchers—to coast to the win.
That offensive support was more than enough for lefthander Colton Anderson, who allowed just five hits in going the distance in the game called after five innings.
The contest was knotted at 2-2 after three innings. But the Cardinals sent 10 batters to the plate in both the fourth and fifth innings while erupting for four runs in the fourth followed by a six-run explosion in the fifth.
After driving in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning, Roller had a two-run single in the fourth before adding a run-scoring double in the fifth for his four-RBI afternoon.
Moore’s two-run single capped the Cardinals’ six-run uprising in the fifth and gave Verdigris the 10-run margin needed to end the game early.
Right-hander Roger Grimm, who started and went the first 3.2 innings, took the loss for the Tigers. Grimm (1-2) permitted five hits and six earned runs while striking out four.
In the second contest, Verdigris (27-4) put the game away with a nine-run fourth inning that gave the Cardinals its final 15-run cushion.
The Cardinals had 13 batters march to the plate in the inning with eight getting hits.
Woods notched two hits in the frame, including a run-producing double. Roller also drove in a run with a double while Brent Olson knocked in a pair of runs with a triple to right field.
Also amassing RBIs in the big inning were Moore, Toby Willis, Austin Neal, Tyler Haddock and Hilton.
Hilton, the Cardinals’ catcher for both games, smacked a two-run double to finish a four-run first inning that gave Verdigris an early 4-0 advantage.
Verdigris added two runs in each of the second and third innings to take an 8-1 lead after three.
Besides Hilton’s three-hit game, Olson, Willis, Roller, Woods and Jaren Keith each had two hits for the Cardinals.
Neal picked up the win with a rout-going outing, allowing just six hits with five strikeouts. The right-hander issued one walk.
Koby Floyd, the first of three hurlers for Cushing (9-21), absorbed the loss. Floyd (1-5) allowed 12 runs on 10 hits in 3.2 innings.