By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The No. 14 ranked Charles Page High School Slow Pitch Softball team (7-9) has been playing a tough schedule lately, and their record has reflected it. With four top-ten teams in a row, the Lady Sandites have suffered four losses straight, despite solid hitting efforts in each.
BAHS 12 CPHS 2
(Hits: BAHS 13, CPHS 5. Errors: BAHS 2, CPHS 2. LOB: BAHS 6, CPHS 4).
The Lady Sandites traveled to Jenks last Tuesday for a festival double-header against the No. 3 Broken Arrow Tigers (23-5) and the No. 1 Southmoore Sabercats (20-4).
The Lady Tigers took an early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, then added five more in the third. Cameron Clemons outran an infield hit to centerfield for an in-the-park home run in the top of the fourth, but Broken Arrow tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the inning.
Sabrina Usher tripled in the fifth inning, then scored on a single from Mackenzie Bechtold, but the Tigers added one more score in the bottom of the inning for the walk-off run-rule victory.
Southmoore 5 CPHS 2
(Hits: Southmoore 13, CPHS 7. Errors: CPHS 1, Southmoore 0. LOB: Southmoore 7, CPHS 4).
The top-ranked Sabercats jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second and third innings before the Lady Sandites cut into the deficit.
Usher hit yet another triple, this time to score Elizabeth Luttrell, then came in on a single from Jensen Arnold. Those would be the only Sandite scores of the game, however. Southmoore tacked on one last run in the bottom of the sixth and held on for the 5-2 win.
Union 15 CPHS 3
The Lady Sandites traveled to No. 8 Union (20-12) for a double header Tuesday and suffered a run-rule loss to the home team. They scored the opening run in the top of the first, but Union retaliated with three in the bottom of the first, three in the second, and never relinquished their lead.
Usher and Kimi Presnell scored on an error in the third inning to cut the deficit to 6-3, but the Redskins just added three more when it was their turn to bat.
The host team added six runs in the fourth for the double-digit lead, then held the Sandites scoreless in the top of the fifth for the run-rule victory.
Mustang 8 CPHS 2
(Hits: Mustang 8, CPHS 6. Errors: CPHS 4, Mustang 0. LOB: CPHS 6, Mustang 6).
The Lady Sandites put up a valiant effort against No. 9 Mustang (20-4) and went the distance, but it was the Lady Broncos' night to shine. They defeated the Sandites 8-2, then rolled over the home team 13-4.
Mustang jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Luttrell scored in the bottom of the fourth on a hit from Usher. Usher scored two plays later on a double from Jacie Taber.
The Broncos added two more runs in the sixth inning, then scored the final point in the seventh. Sand Springs tried to make a comeback with a single from Usher and a walk from Arnold, but the next three batters went down swinging.
The Lady Sandites will return to action Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in a rematch with No. 3 Broken Arrow, who they are 0-3 against this season so far. The game will be played at No. 12 Jenks (16-14), who the Sandites will take on at 5:15.