By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The Charles Page High School softball team was inches away from securing the district title last Thursday as they traveled to Yukon. The Lady Sandites were undefeated all season in district play and the Yukon Millerettes had only one loss, 7-6 to the Sandites earlier in the season.
Had the Sandites trumped the home team it would have cinched the title. The Millers refused to go quietly, however, and handed the Sandites their first district loss of the season in a 4-0 shutout. This left both teams with a 13-1 record.
Breley Webb got the win on the mound for Yukon, allowing only five base hits. Sydney Pennington got the loss for Sand Springs.
Webb hit an RBI Single in the bottom of the first to score Holman. Hannah Franklin hit an RBI in the fourth inning to score Cheyenne Factor. Franklin secured her spot as the star of the show with a 2RBI Double in the bottom of the sixth.
The Millers needed to win by two runs to secure the number one seed, and they outdid themselves with four as the Sandites lost by a hair.
Sand Springs will still get to host a regional tournament October 8-9 and will play Claremore on the 8th at noon. Union and Ponca City will also be at the tournament. The Sandites haven’t played Claremore or Ponca this year, but they were defeated 5-2 by Union in the second game of the season.
The Charles Page High School varsity softball team handily defeated the Bixby Lady Spartans Tuesday night 7-2 in their last home district game of the season. Senior Northeastern State University-commit Jessica Schuler was the star of the show, batting .750 for five RBIs and one homerun. Oklahoma State University-commit Syndey Pennington was right behind her batting .750 with a homerun of her own and three total runs.
It was a bit of a slow start for the Lady Sandites, scoring only one run in the first inning on single by Schuler that brought home Jessica Collins. Their defense also ran into some problem early on, as Kat Taylor was walked and Hayley Womack reached base on an error. Both were left stranded, however.
In the third inning Lady Spartan Teri Pogue reached second base on a line drive into centerfield and Taylor was walked once again, but both were stranded after Blair scooped up a groundball and threw out Sierra Skaggs at first.
The Lady Sandites finally took a commanding 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third as Goose Salyers hit a double into the fence, Pennington hit a single down the third baseline, and Schuler scored all three of them—hitting a homerun over the fence.
The Spartans got on the scoreboard for the first time in the fifth inning as Skaggs hit a single on loaded bases, scoring Taylor and Lillie Lavendusky. Stella Millican caught a fly ball from Sierra Kreiling that would have loaded the bases again, and Blair threw out Meredith Iden at first to bring the Spartan’s lone scoring inning to a close.
In the bottom of the fifth, Pennington found the third baseline again—this time for a double. Schuler brought her home on a centerfield single, then was replaced by designated runner Cameron Clemons who would score a few plays later on a single by third baseman Cody Cheatham for a 6-2 lead.
The final score of the game was a homerun over the fence from Pennington in the bottom of the sixth.
Pennington got the win on the mound for the Sandites with only 7 hits and 5 strikeouts, while Iden got the loss for Bixby with 15 hits and 1 strikeout. Schuler also led the game defensively with 10 putouts and 1 assist.
The Lady Sandites are 24-7 overall and 13-1 in district play. Recently, they went 1-1 at the Putnam City Tournament, losing 6-2 to Putnam City and defeating El Reno 10-1. A third game, against Duncan, was rained out.