A this layer of snow on rooftops around Rogers County didn’t stop the Verdigris baseball team from playing ball Saturday.
And the cold weather must have agreed with the Cardinals, as they improved to 19-3 with their 15th shutout of the season, run-ruling Sallisaw 11-0 in five innings.
The Cardinals had just seven hits, but drew 10 walks in four offensive innings.
Nine-hole hitter Jacob Schoeling was 3-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and three runs. Toby Willis was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs.
Austin Woods was the winning pitcher, giving up two hits in 2 2/3 innings. Reliever Austin Neal also gave up one hit in 2 1/3 innings.
It took Verdigris a little while to get warmed up. Two walks and an error in the bottom of the first loaded the bases, but they were stranded.
The same couldn’t be said for the second inning. Ty Moore singled and scored on a Schoeling single. Two batters later, Willis singled, setting the table for Austin Woods’ two-run double to right field for a 3-0 lead.
Tristin Hilton was hit by a pitch and with two outs, Moore walked and Schoeling singled to load the bases for Cole Woods, who reached on an error which also plated a run.
Three consecutive bases-loaded walks didn’t help Sallisaw. Add in Cole Woods scoring on a passed ball and Willis scoring on a wild pitch, and it was 8-0 after three innings.
More walked doomed Sallisaw. Hilton and Moore each walked and scored on a Schoeling double, and after a Cole Woods walk, Willis singled in another run for an 11-0 lead in the fourth.
Sallisaw got a hit to lead off the fifth, but left him stranded to enact the mercy rule.