By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (13-13 overall, 3-6 district) had a rough time last week, dropping three straight games, two by a single run. They fell 9-2 and 8-7 to district-foe Union (21-6, 8-2), then were defeated 9-8 by Broken Arrow (23-5).
They will return to action Monday evening in Bartlesville (8-11, 3-5), then will host the Bruins Tuesday evening.
Union 9 CPHS 2
(Hits: Union 7, CPHS 5. Errors: CPHS 5, Union 1. LOB: Union 8, CPHS 5).
Union hosted the Sandites Monday evening and came back from a 2-0 first inning deficit to win 9-2 thanks to a series of Sandite errors.
Mack Thompson was the first to cross home plate, reaching on a double and scoring on a double from Treyce Tolbert. Tolbert came in on the next play thanks to an error at shortstop. Those would be the only runs of the game for Sand Springs.
Cowley County Community College-signed senior Hunter Greathouse (3-5) got the start and loss on the mound, despite not giving up a single earned run in his five innings. Union tied it up in the top of the second, then took a 5-2 lead in the third. Greathouse struck out six batters and walked six before being relieved by Braden Millican (2-0).
Union 8 CPHS 7
(Hits: Union 11, CPHS 7. Errors: Union 1, CPHS 0. LOB: CPHS 6, Union 5).
The Sandites cleaned up their defense big time in their Tuesday night home game, but even without committing any errors, they were still trumped by the Redskins.
Union was first on the board this time, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. Sand Springs cut into that deficit in the top of the fourth with a double from Braden Askew to score Greathouse. Askew came in on a grounder from Cal Watkins, then Millican walked and scored on a single from Ty Steelman.
The Redskins had an equally successful time at the plate in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with two walks and a single before scoring four runs with back-to-back doubles.
Sand Springs tried to battle back in the top of the fifth as Thompson scored on a Greathouse single, Tolbert scored on a passed ball, then Greathouse scored on yet another double from Askew. Askew came home soon after on a hit from Watkins, but it would be the last run of the game.
Josh Cordell (3-2) got the start and the loss on the mound, pitching four strikeouts, three walks, and nine hits over four innings. Brock Youngblood (2-3) pitched relief and gave up two hits against four strikeouts.
BAHS 9 CPHS 8
(Hits: CPHS 10, BAHS 10. Errors: CPHS 2, BAHS 1. LOB: CPHS 7, BAHS 7).
Broken Arrow and Sand Springs were as close as two teams can be without tying. Both had ten hits, both stranded seven runners, but the Tigers got the walk off win in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI double.
Thompson scored on a Tolbert double to start the game off, but Broken Arrow took advantage of an error and a passed ball to take the lead in the bottom of the first, then added an RBI single in the second to make it 3-1.
Sand Springs tied it up in the top of the third as Greathouse singled in Thompson and scored on a single from Watkins.
Thompson and Kyler Copeland singled and Taber walked to load the bases in the top of the fourth, then Taber and courtesy runner Garrett McCallie scored on hits from Greathouse and McCallie, respectively.
The Tigers added a run in the bottom of the fifth, but Greathouse hit a 3RBI double in the sixth for the 8-4 advantage.
Broken Arrow added two more runs in the sixth, then tied it up with a two-run homer in the seventh before getting the walkoff run on a double.
Askew (0-2) got the start on the mound, giving up five walks, seven hits, and four earned runs in five innings. Three other pitchers also saw action, and Greathouse was stuck with the loss after giving up three earned runs in the seventh.