Verdigris

If you weren’t present for the first inning, you might’ve thought the score was surely a mistake.

It wasn’t.

Verdigris racked up five hits seven runs in the opening frame alone, blasting Adair for a 12-3 victory at home on Monday to remain undefeated in summer league.

The Cardinals (4-0) hosted Wagoner on Tuesday evening after press time. See how they did in Thursday’s edition.

Toby Willis led Verdigris with a 3-for-3 outing at the plate, and he fittingly began the first-inning barrage.

Willis led off the frame with a fly-ball single to leftfield, and Tye Moore brought him home two at-bats later with a single of his own to centerfield.

Sloan Roller added to the lead shortly after with an RBI groundout, scoring Jax.

Jaren Keith singled in Moore, and a bunt single from Tye Haddock scored Austin Neal. Keith then scored on an Adair pitcher error to make it 5-0 with only one out facing the Cardinals.

Evan Anderson’s sacrifice bunt scored Haddock, and Willis finished what he started with another fly-ball single to leftfield, driving in Reese.

Zac Rains responded with a 2-RBI double in the second to get the Warriors on the board, but that would be the last hit Neal would surrender.

Neal went three innings to earn the win on the mound, striking out five while allowing two hits, two runs and one walk.

Two batters getting hit by pitches and a single from Roller quickly loaded the bases for Verdigris in the bottom half, and Moore reaped the benefits of a sac fly from Keith.

Reese then made it 10-2 with a 2-RBI single, scoring Neal and Roller.

Willis was back at it in the third, smacking a groundball single to rightfield before eventually stealing home three at-bats later.

Roller, who finished 2-for-3 at the plate, scored on the throw after a Neal single to cap off the scoring for the Cardinals.

Verdigris tallied 11 hits in the win.

Cole Yoder scored on a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning for Adair’s final run.

Sheldon McCall took the loss for the Warriors, lasting only that nightmarish first inning with five hits, seven runs and seven errors with one strikeout.

Jake Rains and Tyler Holt didn’t fair much better in relief, collectively allowing six hits and five runs while striking out four and committing five errors.

Moore, Riley Pearce and Aaron Buntin all saw time on the mound in relief for Neal.

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