Verden baseball had a successful weekend at the Red Dirt Festival Tournament, as they went 4-0 including two impressive wins over Amber-Pocasset and Ft. Cobb.
The Tigers, now under first-year head coach Allen Conley, took on Ft. Cobb in the final game of the tournament. Their two runs in the fourth inning proved to be crucial, as the game ended with Verden taking an impressive 2-0 win over an always-tough team, Ft. Cobb.
“Ft. Cobb is a really good team," Conley said. “It was a good test for us.”
Late Friday, Verden's Tristan Morgan threw a no-hitter and struck out seven batters to give the Tigers a 10-0 victory against Calumet in Amber, where the tournament was held.
Verden faced Grady County rival, Amber-Pocasset in their first game earlier Friday afternoon. The Tigers were able to outlast the Panthers to take the 7-3 win.
In their third game, Verden started off slow but finally got the bats going against Wyandotte to come away with a 11-1 win.
Conley says his team showed maturity in the Ft. Cobb game.
“The same thing would happen every inning," he said. “Two players would get on for Ft. Cobb when there were only one or zero outs. We’d find a way to get out, they showed the maturity in that game of not panicking and letting the game get away.”
An experienced Tigers team has Conley looking up this season, and his hopes rest partly on four upperclassmen.
“It’s a veteran group led by four great seniors," Conley said.
Amber-Pocasset bounced back from their loss to the Tigers for two big wins. A third-inning rally saw them past Wanette 6-0 on Saturday. Seven runs in the second inning against Ninnekah later that day resulted in a 13-4 Panthers win. Levi Scott recorded 2 RBI in the game, while Dylan Verser led the team with three hits in four trips to the plate.
The season continues for Verden tonight at Lookeba-Sickles, while Am-Po travels to Sterling.