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Class 3A baseball: Blake Battenfield strikes out 15 in Verdigris' win over Oklahoma Christian School

After errors put runners on first and third, Blake Battenfield remained cool, recorded his 14th and 15th strikeouts of the day and finished off a complete-game, two-hit performance in Verdigris' 3-0 win at Deer Creek's John Hundley Field.
by Jason Kersey Published: May 9, 2013

“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.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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