By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The Charles Page High School Varsity Baseball team (9-7 overall, 2-4 district) picked up their second district win of the season Tuesday night, 6-5 over the Bixby Spartans (6-10, 2-3). The teams split wins with Bixby beating Sand Springs 3-1 the night before.
The Spartans took a significant lead early in the game, but the Sandites battled right back before Treyce Tolbert switched the score with a 2RBI home run in the bottom of the fifth.
Josh Taber made the first hit of the game in the bottom of the first but was left stranded, then Bixby put the Sandites on their toes in the top of the second. Senior pitcher Hunter Greathouse (2-2) hit the first two batters with the pitch, then gave up a single to Matthew Henderson to load the bases with no outs. He made up for it right away, however, striking out Jake Bennett and Coby Tillman. Tre Waggnor grounded out on the next play and the Sandites saved the inning.
They wouldn't be as fortunate the next time around, however.
Bixby started the third inning with three-straight walks, then Cole Parker and Tucker Pawley scored on an error at shortstop. Nic Swanson scored on a sacrifice by Jeremy Goodwin, then Henderson hit a double.
Brock Youngblood (1-2) took over on the mound and gave up a single to Bennett to score Justin Smith, then struck out Tillman and caught a pop up from Waggnor to bring an end to the melee.
Next, it was the Sandites' turn to wreak havoc at the plate.
Ty Steelman walked, took second on a sacrifice from Kameron Adcock, then scored on a single from Taber. Mack Thompson brought in Taber with a double, then Tolbert scored Thompson with a double. Youngblood made his first plate appearance of the season and hit a single to score Tolbert to cut the deficit to 5-4.
It was a no-hitter for both teams in the fourth inning, but in the fifth Thompson drew a walk and scored on Tolbert's home run for the lead.
Youngblood got the win on the mound, giving up only two hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
The Sandites will return to action Friday with a Highway 97 Rivalry game against Sapulpa (9-5) at 4:30 p.m. Sapulpa previously defeated the Sandites 1-0 in their season-opener.