Charles Page High School junior Aliyah Taff (7-4, 11-10) pitched a no-hitter Tuesday afternoon against Ponca City (6-16, 1-8), helping her team to a 10-0 district victory. Taff was only one walk away from a perfect game, and struck out five batters in the Sandites’ first no-hitter since 2016.
Sand Springs (14-7, 6-1) picked up their eighth-straight win and fifth shutout of the season with seven hits, four walks, no errors, and five stolen bases. Of the team’s seven hits, five were for extra bases, including three doubles, a triple from Felicity Horn, and Sabrina Usher’s tenth home run of the season.
Taff and Makenna Skaggs both walked and scored on an error in the bottom of the second, then Taff hit a double in the third to bring in Usher.
Things really fell apart for the Wildcats in the fifth inning. Madison Lee reached third on an error and stole home to score. Jolee McNally walked, stole second, and scored on a double from Usher, then Usher stole home. Horn doubled in Skaggs and scored on an error for the 8-0 lead.
Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, Lee hit a single and came in on Usher’s walkoff home run for the run-rule win.
Sand Springs softball will return to action with a crucial district road game Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. when they take on Owasso (11-5, 5-0), the defending District and Regional Champions. Ponca will host Stillwater (7-10) in a non-district meeting Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
District 6A-3 Standings
5-0 Owasso (11-5)
7-1 Jenks (12-4)
6-1 Sand Springs (14-7)
4-6 Muskogee (4-8)
2-3 Shawnee (7-15)
1-8 Ponca City (6-16)
1-8 Sapulpa (4-13)
District 6A-3 Schedule
9.12 Sand Springs @ Owasso.
9.12 Muskogee @ Shawnee.
9.12 Sapulpa @ Bixby.
9.14 Owasso @ Shawnee (Double Header).
9.17 Sand Springs @ Muskogee.
9.17 Sapulpa @ Jenks.