By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
After a surprising 5-0 upset by the Plainsmen (6-9) in the first game of a double-header Saturday evening, the Charles Page High School baseball team (15-5) doubled down in round two and edged out the home team 8-7.
Joey Montgomery (1-2) got the win on the mound for the Sandites, pitching 3 1/2 innings, while Rhett Rutledge (1-0) got the save, pitching the remainder and giving up only 3 hits, no runs, no walks, and striking out five.
Initially, it looked like the Sandites were in for back-to-back losses, as the Plainsmen took an early and aggressive lead. On the second pitch of the game, Johny Chavez smacked a home run grounder to left field to draw first blood. The Sandites tied things up in the bottom of the first, however, as Treyce Tolbert and Rutledge were walked and Jake Ward singled to score Tolbert.
Gavin Chambers got on base with a walk, took second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a single by Mason Skrimmager, and scored on a balk to reclaim the lead in the second. In the third, Bobby Russell sacrificed to score Tanner Lingenfelter.
Sand Springs finally took the lead in the bottom of the third. Josh Taber singled in Rutledge, Montgomery singled in Ward, McCallie walked in Hunter Greathouse, Ty Fain walked in Taber, Treyce Tolbert walked in Malachi Walton, Rutledge singled in McCallie, and Ward sacrificed to score Mack Thompson for an 8-3 lead.
The Plainsmen responded immediately, however, as Austin Whitehead singled in Chambers. Rutledge replaced Montgomery on the mound with loaded bases and a single out. Rutledge struck out his first two batters, but not before Skrimmager and Devin Pratt each stole home, and Chavez came home on a throw to make it 8-7.
From there it was a game of fielding more than slugging as the teams put only five runners on base, total, over the next three innings and neither team scored.