By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (1-3 overall, 0-2 district) is off to a rocky start in the 2017 season, dropping their third-straight game Tuesday night at Enid High School (2-2, 2-2).
Following a Monday night 4-0 loss at home to the Plainsmen, Sand Springs traveled to Enid's home field for 5-1 district defeat that saw only one Sandite reach base before the seventh inning.
The Plainsmen jumped on the Sandites fast and early, retiring the side in order, then scoring three runs in the first inning. Ambrien Votiek drew a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Mason Skrimager. Connor Gore sent Votiek to third with a groundball single, then Kros Bay brought him home with an RBI single to center field. Brett Russel was hit by pitch to load the bases, then both Gore and Bay scored on a single from Colby Jarnagin.
Treyce Tolbert got on base for the Sandites in the top of the second with an error by the shortstop, but was left stranded after Skrimager struck out Hunter Greathouse, Braden Cook, and Cale Savage.
Skrimager reached first on an error in the bottom of the third, then stole second before being caught going for third by catcher Kameron Adcock.
CJ Arndt added a fourth run for the Plainsmen in the fourth inning, reaching on a double and scoring on a single from Braden Pierce. Votiek walked in the fifth inning, stole second and third, then scored on a wild pitch for the fifth and final run.
Skrimager continued his impressive pitching in the top of the sixth, striking out the side in order, then the Plainsmen landed another hit on a groundball single from Russel. Arndt grounded into a double play from Greathouse at third to Ty Steelman at second, then to Savage at first to end the inning and give the Sandites one last shot.
Cal Watkins flied out into foul territory. Josh Taber sent a line drive into left field for a single, then took second on a wild pitch. Greathouse grounded out, but Taber took third on the throw, then scored on a single from Tolbert. It would be the lone run of the game for the Sandites as Cook grounded out to short on the next play.
Braden Askew (0-1) got the start and the loss on the mound with six hits, five runs, two strikeouts, and three walks. Mack Thompson relieved him in the final inning and gave up one hit.
Sand Springs will return to action this weekend at the Best of the West tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. They will play out-of-state teams Chaparral High School, Sunnyslope High School, Liberty High School, and Sunrise Mountain High School over the course of the Spring Break tournament.