“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.”