By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The No. 10 ranked Charles Page High School Slow-Pitch Softball team (4-2) saw their undefeated start to the season come to an end at the hands of undefeated No. 3 Broken Arrow High School (10-0) in a double-header last Thursday.
Both losses were close with solid batting performances and five home runs for the Sandites. Broken Arrow won the first game 14-13 and the second game 14-9.
The Lady Sandites took an early lead in game one with a solo home run from Jensen Arnold in the top of the second, followed by back-to-back doubles from Madelyn Blair and Sabrina Usher. Makenna Skaggs brought in Usher with a single for the 3-0 lead.
The home team hit a pair of home runs in the bottom of the inning and recorded four hits for a 5-3 lead. Blair took the lead right back in the top of the third with a double to score Felicity Horn, Kimi Presnell, and Jacie Taber.
The back and forth affair continued with the Lady Sandites working up a 13-11 lead before the home team took the edge in the bottom of the sixth. Arnold and Blair singled in the top of the seventh, but the next three batters were put out and the Tigers secured the win.
In the second game the Lady Sandites were once again the driving force for most of the game before the home team pulled it out in the end.
Horn singled, Presnell doubled, and Taber brought them home with a home run. Brook Mason scored two in the bottom of the inning with a triple to center field.
Taber's next at bat resulted in a single, and this time it was Arnold with her second home run of the evening. Usher had the next dinger and the Sandites led 6-2.
The home team took their first lead in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with a pair of singles and a walk. Lauren Feeler singled in Brooklyn Reeves and Kailee Reese, McKenzie Carney singled in Makayla Schmidt, and Mary Collins hit a homer to score Feeler and Carney for the 8-6 lead.
Taber knocked another ball out of the park to start the fifth inning, then Usher sacrificed to score CJ Norton. Blair scored the go-ahead run on a fly ball from Skaggs. It would be the last run of the game for the Sandites, however.
Three Lady Tigers walked in the bottom of the sixth to load the bases. Abby Parks singled in Carney, Mason singled in Grace Jarvis, and Reeves hit a grand slam for the final runs of the game.
Arnold (4-2) pitched both games and was credited with the losses.