VERDIGRIS - The first one was easy. The second, not so much.
Verdigris pounded Salina 10-0 in five innings, then held off Oktaha 9-6 to sweep a baseball doubleheader Friday night at Cardinal Field.
Five VHS batters had two hits each in a 12-hit attack in the opener with winning pitcher Sloan Roller and shortstop Toby Willis also adding a pair of runs batted in. Roller also struck out eight in 4 2/3 innings, giving up four hits.
In the nightcap, leadoff batter Brent Olson and first baseman Austin Woods had two hits apiece with right fielder Austin Neal and third baseman Ty Moore each punching 2 RBIs. Winner Jackson Thies surrendered three of Oktaha’s six hits.
In a game that featured 16 walks, the Cardinals built a 5-0 lead against Oktaha before experiencing difficulties on the mound. Thies exited after 4 2/3 innings, and the Tigers (1-1) took advantage, scoring two runs each in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
Verdigris stemmed the tide and made sure of remaining undefeated (4-0) by pushing across three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. Neal yanked a two-run single into right field, driving in both courtesy runner Odin McConnell and Olson to make it 7-2 in the fifth. Woods followed by slapping a base hit, scoring Willis.
Oktaha pulled within 8-4 in the sixth when left fielder Mason Ledford plated two runs on a single to right. The Cardinals got a run back in the bottom of the inning after Ryan scored thanks to one of three Tiger errors. A wild pitch and a fielder’s choice allowed the visitors to score two more runs in the seventh.
VHS took a 3-0 lead in the first on three walks, two errors and Olson’s base hit. Moore knocked in Neal in the second and then sacrificed home Willis in the fourth, giving the Cardinals a 5-0 lead.
Verdigris stole six bases and scored in every inning to blank Salina in the first game. After taking a 1-0 lead, the Cards exploded in the second frame, sending 10 to the plate and collecting five runs on five hits and a pair of Wildcat errors.
Jaren Keith stole home and Willis batted in Olson to make it 4-0. Sloan Roller delivered the big blow, a two-run smack to right field, driving in Willis and Neal for a 6-0 lead. Willis doubled in the third to account for Olson, and Neal followed with a hit to score Willis, making it 8-0.
In the fourth, Ryan singled to drive in Sloan Roller and Keith scored Ryan with a base hit to left. Trailing 10-0, Salina left runners at second and third in the fifth to end the game due to the run rule.