CATOOSA — The Indians kept it close through the first inning, but that was about it.
Verdigris pummeled the home team with two seven-run frames on the way to a convincing 18-4 four-inning run-rule victory on Thursday night.
Austin Woods, a senior, produced an exciting end to the lopsided affair, blasting a grand slam over the right-field wall to cap the scoring in the fourth inning.
It was his only hit of the night, going 1-for-4 at the plate, but he finished with 4 RBIs as a result.
If that wasn’t enough, Woods also led his team to victory from the mound, striking out eight while allowing three hits and four walks on 73 pitches.
Catoosa didn’t fair so well in comparison, for its trio of pitchers — Zane Emhoolah, Gavin Barclay and Gavin Ragsdale — allowed 11 hits while walking four and fanning only six batters on 123 pitches.
Ty Moore led the Cardinals with three hits, including a 2-RBI double to center field in the first inning that scored Toby Willis and Reese Roller to make it 3-0.
Barclay answered with a 2-RBI single on a groundball to right field in the bottom of the frame to bring Catoosa back within one run, but that proved to only ignite Verdigris even further.
Basketball stars Tyler Haddock and Jaren Keith got on base via a single and a walk, respectively, to open the second, and Willis brought them both home with a double to right field.
The Cardinals were only beginning to play, though.
Brent Olson scored on a passed ball two pitches later, and Austin Neal drove in Willis shortly after with an RBI groundout.
Moore loaded the bases two at-bats later with a bunt single, and Sloan Roller followed suit with a single of his own to left field, scoring Austin Neal.
Sloan Roller, along with Willis, joined Moore in the multi-hit club with two hits.
Jax Ryan then scored Moore with a sacrifice fly to end the first seven-run explosion with a 10-2 Verdigris lead.
Matt Thompson managed to tack on two runs for the Indians in the bottom half, scoring Emhoolah and Hayden Keeter with a center-field single, but they wouldn’t score again.
The Cardinals tallied only one run in the third on a Neal sac fly that scored Willis, but they were back to scoring in bulk in the fourth.
Moore and Sloan Roller led off the inning with a double and a single, respectively, and Ryan brought home the former with a double to right field. Seven pitches later, an error committed by the Catoosa shortstop on a Haddock groundball allowed Sloan Roller to cross the plate as well, making it 14-4.
Verdigris didn’t score again until Woods’ grand slam later in the inning.