The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (18-8, 4-4) won fourteen games in a row before their incredible streak came to a close this week.
After defeating Jenks High School 5-1 en route to a Spartan/Tiger Turf War championship last weekend, the Sandites dropped a pair of district games against the Trojans (14-12, 6-2) Monday and Tuesday evenings.
4/16/2018 - JHS 7 CPHS 3
Hits: JHS 14 CPHS 5.
Walks: JHS 5, CPHS 5.
Strikeouts: JHS 5, CPHS 8.
Steals: JHS 1, CPHS 1.
Errors: JHS 3.
Left-on-Base: CPHS 8, JHS 11.
Both teams stranded a pair of runners each in the first inning of Monday's game, but the Trojans took the lead in the second as Jack Harding scored Josh Baker on a single. Torre Alavanja and Bryce Osmond scored in the second inning for a 3-0 lead before the Sandites made their way onto the board.
Tyler Ash was hit by pitch in the bottom of the third, reached third base on an error, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Riley Rutledge, then Braden Askew singled to score Cal Watkins to keep the game close.
The Trojans made a statement in the fourth inning with two doubles and a single for a 5-2 lead, then Baker hit a single to bring in Alavanja and Osmond in the top of the sixth.
Ty Steelman drew a walk in the seventh inning, took second on an error, and scored on a single from Watkins for the final run of the game. With two runners on base, Chris Spry took over on the mound and pitched three-straight strikeouts to secure the victory.
Tanner Lawrence got the win for Jenks with four hits, five strikeouts, and five walks in six innings. Braden Askew (3-3, 6-5) got the loss, giving up ten hits and three walks with three strikeouts over five innings.
4/17/2018 - JHS 2 CPHS 1
Hits: JHS 6, CPHS 3.
Walks: JHS 5, CPHS 1.
Strikeouts: JHS 5, CPHS 10.
Steals: CPHS 1.
Errors: CPHS 2.
Double Plays: CPHS 1, JHS 1.
Left-on-Base: CPHS 1, JHS 6.
Tuesday's matchup was far closer and went into extra innings before the Trojans got the walkoff.
Sand Springs took the initial lead as Rutledge drew a walk in the top of the first, stole second, and scored on a single from Askew.
Jenks responded in the bottom of the first as Alavanja reached on an error, advanced on a single from Osmond, and scored on a single from Geo Blackshaw.
The game was mostly uneventful from there till the bottom of the seventh when Jenks loaded the bases with two walks and a single. Watkins made a double play to Kyler Copeland to force extra innings.
Jenks put it away in the bottom of the eighth with an error, a double, and a walk to load the bases. A strikeout and a force at home gave Sand Springs two outs, but Josh King drew four balls for the victory.
Osmond, an Oklahoma State University-commit, pitched all eight innings for Jenks, giving up only three hits and one walk, while pitching ten strikeouts. Conner Dennis (3-1, 4-1) took the first loss of his career, throwing four hits, three walks, and four strikeouts.
Sand Springs will host a doubleheader Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. when they resume a 14-0 third-inning lead in a rain-delayed district game against Muskogee (3-23, 1-9), followed by a full game. Jenks will play Southmoore (7-18, 2-6) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
District 6A-3 Standings
10-0 Enid (22-4)
6-2 Jenks (14-12)
6-4 Broken Arrow (13-13)
4-4 Sand Springs (18-8)
3-7 Ponca City (7-19)
2-6 Southmoore (7-18)
1-9 Muskogee (3-23)