Verdigris softball opened its season on Monday with a pair of contests in the Catoosa Festival.
The Lady Cardinals thumped Jay, 14-1, to open the day but were outdone in a 4-2 decision against Fairland shortly afterward.
Verdigris (1-1) returns to action at 5 p.m. Friday, hosting Vinita.
VERDIGRIS 14, JAY 1
Verdigris coach Brian Keith couldn’t have asked for a better start from his squad.
The Lady Cardinals’ first inning of the 2019 regular season was a successful one, for they blasted Jay for six runs before adding eight more in the second on the way to a 13-run victory.
A pitch hit Jackie Zaferes to lead off the game, and after Bailey Cravens singled on a bunt, Megan Turner brought them both home with a triple to leftfield.
Turner scored soon after courtesy of a Jaysan Gibson sacrifice fly, giving Verdigris a 3-0 lead only 14 pitches in.
Kaydence Bender continued the run with a bunt single, scoring Daeya Moses, and double from Hailey Schoeling drove in Bender.
Faith Weisenbach scored the last run of the inning, beating out a double play to make it 6-0.
The Lady Cardinals showed no signs of slowing down in the second, tallying three runs before recording an out.
Cravens and Turner walked to open the inning, and a line-drive single to centerfield brought Cravens home.
Consecutive bases-loaded walks increased the Verdigris advantage to 9-0 before Moses was tagged out advancing to home on the next at-bat for the first out.
The next three runs came via bases-loaded walks as well, making it 12-0, and Gibson ended the trend when she scored Cravens and Abigail Teal with a single to rightfield.
Jay’s lone run came on a single to rightfield in the bottom of the second.
In all, Verdigris finished with 10 hits. Schoeling led the way with three hits, while Bender and Gibson also tallied multiple hits.
Brylee Ray earned the win in the circle, striking out one while allowing three hits in 2.2 innings.
FAIRLAND 4, VERDIGRIS 2
This one wasn’t decided until late.
Verdigris and Fairland went scoreless through the opening two innings, but the Owls broke the deadlock when Scout Mayfield notched a groundball single to score Makynzi Jones.
Not long after, an unnamed player wearing No. 14 hit a 2-RBI single to rightfield, scoring Kyndall Davis and Mayfield.
Turner scored on a Weisenbach ground out, trimming the deficit to 3-1 in the third, but that is all the Lady Cardinals could muster for the time being.
Fairland extended its lead back to three in the fourth after Davis scored Grace Goins with a single to short.
Schoeling scored on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom half to get Verdigris back within two, but Fairland hung on for the win after both teams went scoreless in the fifth.
The Lady Cardinals managed only five hits, three of which came from Schoeling. Scholeing finished opening day with a 6-for-6 performance at the plate.
Gibson took the loss in the circle, allowing six hits and four walks while striking out one.
Fairland’s No. 14, who wasn’t listed on the team’s online roster, led the Owls with two hits.
She also pitched a complete game, striking out four while surrendering five hits and seven walks.