By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The No.17 ranked Charles Page High School slow-pitch softball team (2-3) started in the hole against 5A No.6 Jay (18-3) Tuesday afternoon at the Jenks Festival, but took the lead in the bottom of the second and never looked back. The girls are far behind the rest of the state after an already late-starting season was further postponed due to several cancellations by opponents. The lack of slow-pitch experience caused them to drop a few upsets to start the season, but the dominating performance against the highly ranked Lady Bulldogs has demonstrated the true potential of this team.
Senior Northeastern State University-signee Jessica Schuler (2-0) got the win on the mound, giving up four hits and six walks, but striking out one and only allowing three earned runs.
The game was a slugging fest from the get-go. Haley Dry reached on an error to start and Marissa Lokey and Jade Creekkiller were walked to load the bases. Caitlin Taylor batted in Dry, Cayla Williams scored Lokey on an error, and Jade Frazier singled in Taylor for a 3-0 advantage to start.
The Lady Sandites retaliated in the bottom of the inning, however, as freshman Kimi Presnall tripled and came in on a single by Oklahoma State--commit Sydney Pennington. Schuler doubled in Pennington and Madelyn Blair doubled in Schuler to tie the game up.
The Sandites fielded an impressive three-pitch three-out inning in the second and took the lead on a Rachel Blair sacrifice to score Cameron Clemons.
In the bottom of the third they expanded on their lead as Mid-American Christian University-signee Stella Millican hit a 3RBI triple to score Schuler, Jessica Collins, and Madelyn Blair, then scored on an error.
The Lady Bulldogs sought to get back on the board in the top of the fourth after Shanny Smith drew a walk, but Sandites outed her at second in a double play for another three-batter inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Pennington doubled and came in on a double by Schuler. Madelyn Blair singled in Schuler. Clemons singled in Collins and Blair, then came in on a single by Kennedy "Goose" Salyers for a 13-3 lead.
The Lady Dogs fended off the fifth-inning run rule by scoring three. Dry tripled in Mataya Tanner. Lokey singled in Dry, then came home on a throw to make it 13-6. Sand Springs responded with back-to-back-to-back doubles by Schuler, Collins, and Madelyn Blair for a 15-6 advantage, then pitched a no-hitter in the top of the sixth. Jacie Taber and Salyers both singled in the bottom of the inning and Pennington smacked the 2RBI double to end the game.