By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (19-5) is on a roll after winning their last five games by a combined score of 59 to 10. Sophomore pitcher Brock Youngblood is 3-0 on the mound and has only allowed three earned runs total in games where he started.
The Sapulpa Chieftains (2-13) have dropped three games against their Highway 97 rivals this season. In week one the Sandites won 7-2, followed by an 11-3 victory last week.
Youngblood was a machine, pitching no-hitters in the first and second innings with strikeouts in each, before Sapulpa finally found base in the top of the third. Cale Collins singled to left field, advanced to second on an error, then came home on another for the 1-0 lead. Sand Springs had managed two walks and a single in the bottom of the second, but stranded all three. Jarrett Dilley scored a runner on a sacrifice to make it 2-0.
Sand Springs retaliated quickly, however, scoring seven runs on three walks and three hits in the bottom of the same inning. Jake Ward doubled to score Jacob Taber and Rhett Rutledge, then came home on a single by Treyce Tolbert that also scored Ty Fain. Trevor Tolbert batted in Hunter Greathouse and Treyce Tolbert and made it all the way to home on a series of errors.
The final run of the game came from Ward who doubled and was batted in by Greathouse.
In all, Youngblood threw 73% strikes for four strikeouts and only four hits. He gave up two runs, but both were unearned.
The Sandites will next play Bartlesville (5-17) in the third round of the Wooden Bat Tournament at 6:00 pm Friday evening. Saturday at noon they'll meet up with the Bixby Spartans (21-5) who they have a 2-2 record against this season, beating them once at home and once at the Spartans' own tournament, in the championship round.