The Charles Page High School baseball team (5-6) traveled to Arizona for Spring Break and dropped their first three games at the Best of the West tournament before snapping the streak with a 12-2 run-rule victory.
The Sandites fell 13-3 to Thunderbird High School and 7-1 to Sunnyslope High School, both from Phoenix, then 3-1 to Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria before topping Flagstaff's Coconino High School in six innings.
Kameron Adcock hits home run in 13-3 loss at Thunderbird
THS 13 CPHS 3
Hits: THS 15, CPHS 6.
Walks: THS 6, CPHS 6.
Strikeouts: THS 2, CPHS 5.
Stolen Bases: CPHS 1.
Left on Base: THS 3, CPHS 7.
Errors: THS 1.
Double Plays: THS 1, CPHS 1.
Saturday, March 17 - The Sandites loaded the bases with two singles and an error in the first inning against Thunderbird (6-2). A strikeout and a double-play brought an end to their hopes for a fast start, and instead it was the Chiefs who hit four singles and scored a run for the first lead of the game.
Kameron Adcock hit a lead-off home run to start the second inning, but Sergio Hoyos hit a solo homer in the bottom of the inning to regain the Thunderbird advantage. Sasha Sneider singled in Jonathan Buhl and Haydn McGeary in the third, then Hoyos scored on a single from Michol Pavlik in the fourth.
D'Angelo Bacchus walked five in the fifth inning and gave Ty Steelman and Cal Watkins free runs and cut the deficit to 5-3, but the Chiefs brought the rain in the bottom of the inning with four singles, two doubles, and five walks for a double-digit lead to secure the win by run-rule.
Brock Youngblood (0-3, 6-11) got the loss on the mound, pitching twelve hits, nine runs, two strikeouts, and four walks. Riley Rutledge (0-0) pitched three hits, four runs, and three walks in the final inning.
Sunnyslope outpitches Sandites in 7-1 loss
SHS 7 CPHS 1
Hits: SHS 9, CPHS 6.
Walks: SHS 6.
Strikeouts: SHS 3, CPHS 7.
Stolen Bases: SHS 2, CPHS 2.
Left on Base: CPHS 6, SHS 7.
Errors: SHS 1, CPHS 1.
Double Plays: CPHS 1.
Monday, March 19 - Sand Springs went through four pitchers and never could find a groove, while Tommy Bonetto got down with six strikeouts and no walks for the Vikings (5-9).
Drew Bond singled to start the morning, made second on the throw, then scored on a single from Casey Markham. Bonetto struck out two in the first inning and the Vikings came right back in for more damage. Ben Wallace doubled to score Spencer Hochstein, Bond scored one, and Markham scored Wallace to make it 4-0. Hochstein scored again in the fourth, then Larry Cohen scored Casey Carlton on a home run in the fifth for the 7-0 lead. Braden Askew scored Watkins with a single in the sixth to avert the shutout.
Tyler Ash (0-1) got the loss on the mound, pitching eight hits, one strikeout, and three walks over four innings. John Miller (1-0) pitched one strikeout, Seth Villines (0-0) pitched two walks, and Cale Savage (0-0, 1-1) pitched one hit, one strikeout, and one walk.
Sandites go down swinging at Sunrise Mountain
SMHS 3 CPHS 1
Hits: SMHS 7, CPHS 7.
Walks: CPHS 2.
Strikeouts: SMHS 4, CPHS 6.
Stolen Bases: CPHS 3.
Left on Base: SMHS 3, CPHS 8.
Errors: SMHS 1.
Double Plays: CPHS 1, SMHS 1.
Monday, March 19 - Askew (1-2, 4-4) had a solid outing against Sunrise Mountain High School (13-3), pitching four strikeouts with no walks in his six innings on the mound, but the Mustangs landed seven hits for the 3-1 victory.
The Sandites loaded the bases in the first inning with a walk, an error, and a single from Ash, but a double-play and fly out stranded three runners. Tyler Pruitt doubled and scored on a fly out to take the lead once and for all in the bottom of the first. Pruitt scored again on a ground out from Ethan Snodgrass in the third.
Sand Springs went on a run in the fourth with singles from Askew, Rutledge, Adcock, and Kyler Copeland, but stranded loaded bases once again. Andy Moreno scored the final run of the game on a single in the fifth inning.
Sand Springs hammers Coconino with eighteen hits
CPHS 12 CHS 2
Hits: CPHS 18, CHS 5.
Walks: CPHS 3, CHS 2.
Strikeouts: CHS 2, CPHS 4.
Stolen Bases: CPHS 5, CHS 1.
Left on Base: CPHS 6, CHS 4.
Errors: CPHS 1, CHS 3.
Double Plays: CHS 2, CPHS 2.
Tuesday, March 20 - Watkins singled in the top of the first, stole second, then scored on an error to give the Sandites the first lead of the game. The Panthers (5-7) retaliated immediately with a double, a single, and two walks for their only lead of the game, then the Sandites put the game away in the third inning.
Steelman hit a single, stole second, and scored on a single from Ash to tie it up. Ash scored on a single from Askew, then Adcock doubled to bring in Askew and Rutledge. Copeland scored Adcock and Miller doubled to bring in Copeland for a 7-2 advantage.
Watkins scored on an error in the fourth, then Askew scored on a single from Rutledge to make it 9-2. Ash batted in Garrett McCallie and scored on a single from Savage in the fifth, then Miller singled in Rutledge in the sixth for a double digit lead. The Panthers hit fly balls to Ash, Youngblood, and Steelman to bring the game to a close.
Conner Dennis (2-0, 3-0) got the win on the mound, pitching five hits, two strikeouts, and two walks.
The Sandites will return to action Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. against Greenway High School (2-7) in Phoenix in the last game of the tournament.