Miami jumped out to a big lead early then coasted to an 8-6 victory over Verdigris Monday in a baseball regional tuneup for both schools.

“We swung the bats well the first six innings,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “I think we’re playing pretty well right now — I am happy with the way we’re playing. Hopefully we can keep it going in the regionals.”

The win was the 19th of the season for the Wardogs, who now must wait to find out what’s next.

They were one of the few teams who were able to get their district completed before one of what has been a multitude of waves of rain set in.

How bad has it been?

Vinita and Locust Grove went to Mannford Monday to play. Vinita won the District 28 opener, then Locust Grove evened the series with a victory.

The third game was to be played at Joe Pollock Field — weather permitting.

“We’ve been fortunate to get in the games we have, lately,” Mercer said.

Regional play is scheduled to begin Thursday.

Miami jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Verdigris, two runs scoring on an error. Starting pitcher Andrew Allen drove in the other with a base hit.

Grant Longcrier doubled home Kaden Nicholas and Brock Fletcher. Both had reached on a single.

The Wardogs picked up two more runs in the fourth thanks to a hit by Longcrier. A single by James Pickens was sandwiched around walks to Fletcher and Josh White. Longcrier then hit a grounder to second, with both runs scoring.

Miami’s final run came in the sixth on a single by White and a double by Longcrier.

Verdigris picked up two runs in the fifth then made things interesting by scoring four times in the top of the seventh.

Spencer Neal stopped the bleeding, getting a grounder to short, a grounder to third and a popup to center field to end the game.

Neal was the fifth pitcher used by the Wardogs. Allen started and was relieved by Longcrier, Neal, Nick Jones and Neal again.

Longcrier had two doubles while White, Jordan Simons and Jordan Hessee each had two singles.

Pickens, Allen, Nicholas and Fletcher added singles.

“Hopefully we can keep it going and have a good show in the regional,” Mercer said.

Jim Ellis, 542-5533, ext. 3052

jim.ellis@miaminewsrecord.com