There remains plenty of regular season games on the slate, but Verdigris softball has looked like one of the most dominant squads in Class 4A thus far.
The Lady Cardinals sport a 14-1 record, with their only loss coming in a 3-1 heartbreaker against Haskell on Aug. 26 at Lincoln Christian in the Northeast Oklahoma Classic. Aside from that setback, they have appeared nearly unstoppable.
Eight of Verdigris’ 14 wins have been shutouts. In all, coach Brian Keith’s squad is averaging about 10.9 runs per game. The Lady Cardinals have outscored opponents 163-17.
A lot of that dominance is because of pitcher Evie Lemery.
Lemery is 11-0 this season when in the circle, pitching a total of 53 innings. She has tossed 65 strikeouts while allowing only 22 hits and 16 walks, and her ERA is an incredible 0.85.
Her best game came when she struck out 12 while allowing only one hit in a 23-0 romping of Westville on Aug. 16.
Lemery has also thrown two no-hitters, with the most recent coming Tuesday evening against Stilwell. She notched six strikeouts on 77 pitches in the 14-0 victory, allowing two walks.
With Lemery leading the charge and the offense clicking at unbelievable levels, Verdigris could very well be on its way to a state tournament berth.
As of now, Elk City leads Class 4A with 15 wins while Verdigris, Perkins-Tryon and Chickasha are close behind with 14. Muldrow is the only unbeaten remaining in 4A at 11-0.