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Class 3A state baseball: Verdigris shuts out Kansas

The Cardinals topped Kansas 2-0 to win a fourth consecutive state title on Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Verdigris scored two runs in the first and starter Gabe Brown did the rest.
by Trent Shadid Published: May 17, 2014
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photo - Verdigris celebrates following the class 3A state baseball championship game between Kansas and Verdigris at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Verdigris celebrates following the class 3A state baseball championship game between Kansas and Verdigris at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Verdigris baseball continued its dominance over Class 3A on Saturday.

The Cardinals topped Kansas 2-0 to win a fourth consecutive state title at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Verdigris scored two runs in the first and starter Gabe Brown did the rest. The sophomore lefty tossed a complete game — surrendering four hits, striking out five, and walking none.

“It was a heck of an experience,” Brown said. “My off-speed stuff was working and I kept my fastball down. It’s a great feeling. Nothing like I’ve ever felt before.”

Things got tense in the bottom of the seventh as Kansas put runners on the corners with two outs and Casey Armbrister at the plate as the winning run.

But Brown induced a harmless groundball from Armbrister to shortstop Petyon Battenfield, who stepped on second for the game-clinching out.

Catcher Riley Keizor had two hits for Verdigris, including a first-inning double down the right-field line to score Battenfield. Keizor scored later in the inning on a passed ball.

Third baseman and cleanup hitter Ryan Skalnik led the way all season as the Cardinals’ only senior.

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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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