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BASEBALL: Hushbeck's bat, base running hands Verdigris district win over Dewey

Mar. 26—Whether at the plate or on base, good things happened when Ethan Hushbeck was involved.

The freshman made the most of his opportunities, racking up two doubles while earning two walks, tallying three RBIs and scoring four runs himself in leading Verdigris to a 16-2 home victory over Dewey in District 4A-7 action Monday night.

Hushbeck earned a walk in his first at-bat despite facing a full count, and he later scored the game's first run on a bases-loaded walk after advancing to third on an error and a passed ball. He then smacked a ground-ball double to left field in the second, plating Korbin Ballinger before scoring on a passed ball to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

Hushbeck doubled again in the third, scoring Ballinger and Landon Wine. He then scored on an error the following at-bat, making it a 10-0 spread.

He was hit by a pitch in the fourth, and he soon scored off a Boston Acosta single after stealing second base.

Hushbeck's efficiency made it an easy night for the Verdigris pitcher Luke Patterson, providing plenty of insurance.

Patterson pitched all five innings, tossing two strikeouts while allowing five hits and two walks on 74 pitches. The two runs surrendered came when he hit consecutive batters with the bases loaded in the fourth.

After garnering the 3-0 lead, the Cardinals (18-4, 6-1) scored nine runs in the third inning alone to put the game away.

Kamden Neal scored first when Mac West bunted into a fielder's choice, and West later scored on an error. Next came Wine's 2-RBI single and Hushbeck's 2-RBI double before the latter scored on an error, and Acosta and West closed that frame's scoring via a passed ball and an RBI line out.

Singles from Acosta, Wes McClanahan and West in the bottom of the fourth accounted for the remaining runs.

Zane Griggs led the Bulldoggers at the plate with two hits, including a double. Dewey's trio of pitchers managed only one strikeout combined on 129 pitches despite throwing strikes 51.9% of the time.