Riverton too much for Marmaton Valley

Marmaton Valley High's baseball team had a tough task Monday when it hosted Class 3A squad Riverton. The Rams scored early and often in the doubleheader sweep.


March 26, 2024 - 1:40 PM

Marmaton Valley High's Garrett Morrison fields a ground ball Monday against Riverton. Photo by Halie Luken / MVHS

MORAN — Marmaton Valley High’s baseball team had a rough go of it to start the 2024 campaign.

The Wildcats had to scramble to find an opponent for its opener after Chetopa announced it would not field a team this season.

In its stead was Class 3A powerhouse Riverton, who rolled to wins of 23-1 and 16-2.

The Wildcats scored their only run in the opener in the bottom of the first inning after Mason Ferguson drew a bases-loaded walk.

Dominic Smith and Garrett Morrison had singles.

Morrison handled the pitching duties, striking out one over three innings, while scattering seven hits.

Marmaton Valley High’s Kele Michael fields the ball against Riverton Monday.Photo by Halie Luken / MVHS

TYLER LORD singled in the third and came around to score as part of a double-steal to open Marmaton Valley’s scoring in the nightcap.

Kele Michael walked with two outs in the fifth and scored on Morrison’s double for the second tally.

Marmaton Valley High’s Dominic Smith throws to first against Riverton Monday.Photo by Halie Luken / MVHS

Morrison had two hits, a double and single. Lord had the other hit.

Michael struck out eight batters over five innings. He surrendered 11 hits.