By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (13-10) had a trio of tough losses to start the Spartan/Tiger Showdown this weekend before finishing on a high note with a 10-0 shutout of Hilldale High School (11-9) to end the tournament. They lose their first three games 12-4 to Coweta (7-15), 9-8 to Booker T. Washington (6-16), and 4-3 to Broken Arrow (20-4).
CPHS 10 Hilldale 0
The final game of the tournament was a whole different story than the first three, as the Sandites absolutely hammered the Hilldale Hornets. Sand Springs broke .500 at the plate for the third time this season, landing twelve hits while only giving up one.
Sophomore Colt Savage (1-0) made his second career appearance on the mound and pitched his first win, giving up only one hit and one walk with four strikeouts over five innings.
Braden Millican scored the first two RBI of the game with a single to bring in Mack Thompson and Hunter Greathouse in the bottom of the first.
Next up was Josh Taber with a double to bring in Kameron Adcock. Taber then crossed home on a single from Treyce Tolbert. Savage got it done at the plate as well as the mound, singling to score Thompson and Tolbert. Courtesy runner Garrett McCallie crossed the plate with another single from Millican for a 7-0 advantage going into the third.
Greathouse singled in Taber and Savage singled in Thompson in the third, then Tolbert singled in Riley Rutledge in the fourth to make it 10-0. Savage struck out two in the top of the fifth to seal the run-rule victory.
The Sandites will return to action Monday with a 6:00 p.m. home game against Union (17-6 overall, 5-2 district). The Sandites are currently 3-4 in district play.
BAHS 4 CPHS 3
The Sandites and Tigers were all tied up till the bottom of the third when Brock Youngblood (2-3) got in trouble with loaded bases after walking two and giving up a single. He walked in a run from Drew Lowe, but the next batter grounded out to prevent any substantial damage.
Greathouse tied things up in the top of the fourth with a double and score on a sacrifice from Braden Askew. Taber singled in the fifth to score McCallie for the lead, but Broken Arrow tied it right back up with a sacrifice fly to score Austin Hulet.
Taber scored on yet another single in the top of the sixth, this time sending Ty Steelman home, but Matt Kaiser scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning and Hulet sacrificed to bring in Tucker Dunlap for the final run of the game.
Steelman (0-0) pitched one strikeout, one walk, and one hit in the final inning.
BTW 9 CPHS 8
The Sandites' loss to Booker T. Washington was a lot closer than their prior game. They held the lead for the first three innings before the Hornets took a 7-5 advantage. A pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh sent the game into an extra inning where the Hornets came out on top.
Taber singled in the bottom of the first, stole second, then scored on a single from Tolbert. The Sandites tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the second.
Steelman reached on error, Kyler Copeland walked, and Taber singled to load the bases. Thompson singled in Steelman and McCallie, then Tolbert doubled to score Taber and Thompson.
Aidan McCullough hit a solo home run in the top of the third, but the Hornets' biggest inning came in the fourth.
Drew Yamashita singled in Brysen Williams, then scored on an error along with Beau Phillips. Connor O'Malley homered to score McCullough and Ben Curry for 7-5 lead.
Askew (1-2) pitched the first four innings and gave up eight hits and one walk against four strikeouts. Josh Cordell (3-1) took over for the next three and pitched one hit and one walk with five strikeouts.
The Sandites tied it up in the bottom of the seventh as Tolbert doubled, Greathouse reached on an error, and both came home on a double from Savage.
Thompson (0-1) took over in the eighth and gave up two runs, four hits, two walks, and one strikeout. O'Malley singled on loaded bases to score Yamashita and McCullugh.
Millican scored on a single from Thompson in the bottom of the eighth, but the Hornets got the win.
Coweta 12 CPHS 4
Coweta hammered the Sandites with nine runs in the first two innings. Greathouse (3-3) got the start on the mound and gave up six runs, four earned runs, four hits, and three walks in the first two innings.
Rutledge (0-0) took over early in the second inning and pitched through the fifth, giving up five runs, seven hits, and five walks with five strikeouts.
The Sandites scored all four of their runs in the top of the fourth inning. Thompson, Tolbert, Millican, and Askew scored the runs, while Rutledge recorded an RBI double and Savage and Watkins hit RBI sacrifices.
Steelman (0-0) pitched relief in the seventh inning and gave up one run, two hits, and three walks.