In their best offensive showing of the season thus far, the Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (3-3) rolled to a 10-1 victory over the Tulsa Memorial Chargers (1-4) Saturday afternoon, securing the win via run rule after five innings.
The Sandites recorded eight hits, three sacrifices, and six stolen bases with only one strikeout, while picking up seven walks from the pitching-challenged Chargers, who went through four players on the mound. Conner Dennis (1-0, 2-0) handled the pitching for Sand Springs, throwing five strikeouts while only surrendering one hit.
The visitors wasted no time in taking the lead as Tyler Ash doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Cale Savage, who made his season-debut after a State Tournament basketball appearance just two days prior. Cal Watkins drew a walk, then scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 first inning lead.
The host team scored their only run in the bottom of the first as Trent Wilkerson reached on a fielder's choice, took second on an error, then scored on a single from Zane Carter.
Sand Springs loaded the bases in the top of the third with walks from Savage and Lucas Adcock and a double from Braden Askew. Senior pitcher Matthew Erz walked in Savage for a free run, then Kameron Adcock hit a sacrifice fly to score Askew for the 4-1 lead.
Most of the damage came in the top of the fifth as Askew, Lucas Adcock, Malachi Burks, Watkins, and Savage all hit singles. Errors, wild pitches, and a sacrifice fly from Seth Villines contributed to the melee, and the Chargers had one last shot to make a comeback.
Erz drew a walk, but Eli Harp flied out and Noah Tow grounded into a double play as Villines made a pass to Watkins at second who found John Miller at first to bring the game to a close.
The Sandites will return to action Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. when they host the Bixby Spartans (4-1). Memorial will take on Skiatook (1-4) in a district home game Monday at 4:30 p.m.
CPHS 10 MHS 1
Hits: CPHS 8, MHS 1.
Walks: CPHS 7, MHS 3.
Strikeouts: CPHS 1, MHS 5.
Stolen Bases: CPHS 6.
Errors: MHS 1, CPHS 3.
Double Plays: CPHS 1.