Story and photo by: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The Charles Page High School baseball team (14-5) has been having a dominating year thus far, but even the best slip up from time-to-time. The Sandites slipped up Saturday evening in Enid, and it wasn't pretty. The team managed only three hits in a 5-0 upset loss to the Plainsmen (6-8) in the first round of a double header.
Jake Ward (5-1) got his first loss on the mound this season, giving up six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Brock Youngblood (1-0) struck out one and gave up a single hit but was unable to pull out the save. Johny Chavez got the win for the Plainsmen, striking out eight batters.
The game was tied up with no runs till the bottom of the fourth when Mason Skrimmager batted one in on a single. Gavin Chambers came home on a throw and Skrimmager scored on a single by Johny Chavez for a 3-0 lead.
Ward and Josh Taber were the only two Sandites to get on base in the first five innings, and they were walked.
Enid went at it again in the bottom of the fifth, scoring one on an error at second base that allowed Chambers to reach. Chambers took second on defensive indifference and stole third before scoring on a single by Skrimmager.
With one out on the board and one on base, Youngblood was sent in to relieve Ward. Gage McNeill grounded to Rhett Rutledge at short stop and was outed in a double play to Trevor Tolbert on second to Taber at first.
The Sandites finally put their bats to work in the top of the sixth as Rutledge and Treyce Tolbert each singled but were stranded as Youngblood grounded out to third. The Plainsmen stranded two in the bottom of the inning, one by single and one hit by pitch, but Sand Springs failed to capitalize as Trevor Tolbert was stranded after a single and the host team secured the win.