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Class 3A state baseball tournament: Verdigris will try for a four-peat

The Cardinals will play Kansas for state championship at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
BY MATT FRANKLIN, For The Oklahoman Published: May 16, 2014
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photo - Verdigris celebrates a run during the class 3A baseball game between Verdigris and Vian at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Okla., Friday, May 16, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Verdigris celebrates a run during the class 3A baseball game between Verdigris and Vian at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Okla., Friday, May 16, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

EDMOND – Verdigris will play for its fourth consecutive Class 3A state baseball championship, while Kansas will make its first ever appearance in a title game.

That contrast in experience will be on display at 2 p.m. Saturday when the Cardinals and Comets meet at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Verdigris 8, Vian 3

In this rematch of last year’s title game, Vian led 3-1 after four innings thanks to both the arm and bat of junior left-hander A.J. Rodriguez, who had three RBIs and hadn’t allowed an earned run. From there, things slowly unraveled for the Wolverines.

Verdigris loaded the bases in each of the last three innings, with increased productivity in each frame. The Cardinals scored one in the fifth on a single by Reece Phillips, then they went ahead with two runs in the sixth. Mitch Hammack tied it with a single to center, and the go-ahead run scored on an error.

Verdigris opened it up with four runs in the seventh, two scoring on a single by Riley Keizor. Kale Keith threw three hitless innings in relief of starter Peyton Battenfield to get the win.

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