“Blake's unbelievable,” said Verdigris coach Brian Keith. “He's been a mainstay for us the past four years. He's one of the best pitchers I've had since I've been here.
“Tomorrow we'll run our two and three out there, and see if we can get him back on Saturday.”
Verdigris and OCS were scoreless through three-and-a-half innings, but the Cardinals scored their first run in the bottom of the fourth when designated hitter Peyton Battenfield drew a bases-loaded walk.
Then in the fifth, Verdigris junior Ryan Skalnik blasted a two-run home run over the left-field fence.
OCS senior Austin Brooks pitched the whole game Thursday in the Saints' first baseball state tournament appearance.
Brooks, who quarterbacked the OCS football team to a state title last fall, said he plans to walk on to Oklahoma State's baseball team.
“God's still on the throne; I'll tell you that right now,” said OCS coach Ken McQueen. “There's joy in every one of these kids' hearts.”