Verdigris continued its early season domination of District 4A-5 opposition with an 11-0 baseball win over Miami at Claremore Tuesday, March 6.
The Cardinals, which blanked MHS 13-0 on Monday, March 5, have allowed only two hits in the home-and-home sweep of Miami.
“They are very tough,” Miami coach Jeremy Strack said. ‘They have now played four games and no one has scored on them and they have run-ruled each game in five.”
The Cardinals opened their season with a 11-0 and 14-0 sweep of Locust Grove on March 1-2.
The Pirates were no-hit in the opener then managed only one hit in the second game.
Verdigris went 30-4 a year ago, dropping a 4-0 decision to Tulsa Metro Christian in the Class 3A championship game.
Hunter Hartman had the Wardogs’ only hit in Tuesday’s game.
Miami had only two other baserunners in the game. Nate Ward led off the third with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Caden Folks and Yoshihiro Shinzato walked.
However, the Cards’ pitcher got two strikeouts to end the inning then retired the final six batters he faced.
Unlike in Monday’s opener where they had four errors, the Wardogs had none in the rematch.
“No errors is definitely a good sign,” Strack said. “We are facing some very good arms these first couple of weeks. It will get us ready for the rest of the year.”
Verdigris 13, Miami 0
A 10-run second inning helped Verdigris spoil the Dogs’ opener at Joe Pollock Field.
The Cardinals sent 15 batters to the plate in the second, which included three MHS errors, seven hits, a walk and a hit batter.
The Wardogs managed only one hit in the game — a one out single by Ward in the fifth inning.
They did have four baserunners, three on walks (two by leadoff hitter Conner Womack) and one after being hit by a pitch.
Two Verdigris pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts.
“I expected the offense to be behind a little, but the at-bats need to be more competitive,” Strack said. “We will get many more reps going forward. More at-bats and more game reps will help.’
Verdigris led 2-0 before its big inning.
The Cardinals tacked on a final run in the fifth.
Brant Morris suffered the loss. He yielded five hits and eight runs, only two of which were earned, in 1 1/3 innings.
Hunter Hartman surrendered seven hits and five runs (none earned) in 3 1/3 innings and Shinzato got the final out in the fifth.
Miami travels to Pryor for a non-district game Friday, March 9.