Verdigris baseball kicked off the school break with a summer “run” party.
The Cardinals (1-0) opened up the scoring early and never looked back, blasting Sequoyah for a 9-1 victory in their summer league opener on Thursday afternoon.
Most of that success came via a stellar plate performance from Austin Neal.
The incoming senior tallied three hits in four at-bats, driving in three runs in the process. He also scored a run when Jaren Keith brought him home with an RBI groundout in the first inning.
Just prior to that, Neal notched an RBI double to right field, scoring Toby Willis to give the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead.
Austin Woods tacked on another run shortly after on an error by the Eagles’ first baseman, and a player indentified only as “Jack” in the scorebook followed up by scoring on a wild pitch, extending the advantage to 4-0 heading into the second.
Sequoyah’s only score came when the Eagles stole home base in the third inning.
Verdigris picked up its scoring ways again in the fourth when Sloan Roller crossed home on a Keith groundout.
The Cardinals wouldn’t go scoreless in an inning again.
Evan Anderson scored on an error in the fourth, and a groundball single from Neal on the same at-bat scored Willis.
Roller scored on a bases-loaded walk before the side was retired, and Neal capped off the scoring with a line-drive single to centerfield in the fifth, driving in Anderson.
Verdigris finished with seven hits, as Jack joined Neal in the game’s multi-hit club with two.
Jackson Thies earned the victory on the mound, striking out three while allowing no runs and only two hits.
The teams play again at 5 p.m. on Monday at Sequoyah.