CPHS Softball: Sandites run-rule Jenks 11-1, Usher hits home run against Jay


The Charles Page High School fast pitch softball team (17-10, 8-3) went 2-1 this past weekend, splitting games at the Tahlequah Tournament on Friday before winning an 11-1 district game against Jenks (17-9, 8-3) on Saturday. The payback win over the Trojans positioned the Sandites to potentially take second in the district.

Jenks previously beat Sand Springs 9-6 in August, but the Sandites outhit the Trojans 8-4 and benefited from three Jenks errors and eight walks for the lopsided run-rule win. Aliyah Taff (9-5, 13-11) got the win in the pitcher’s circle with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings. Jordyn Pipkin took the loss for the Trojans with seven hits, two strikeouts, and three walks.

The Trojans took their first and only lead in the top of the third with a solo home run from Pipkin, but Sand Springs loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and took the lead with a pair of Trojan mistakes. Sabrina Usher was hit by pitch to walk in Makenna Skaggs, and Reagan Rector scored on an error.

Sand Springs blew the game wide open in the fifth. Taff hit a 2RBI single to score Rector and Madison Lee and Jolee McNally scored on an error. Drew Hawkins hit an RBI single to score Brooklyn Harper, Rector hit a 2RBI single to score Avery Tanner and Hawkins, and Skaggs scored on a wild pitch for the 9-1 lead.

In the sixth inning Taff hit a double and courtesy runner Harper scored on a wild pitch. Tanner received a walk, stole second base, took third on the wild pitch, and scored the game winner on a bunt from Hawkins.

Jenks and Sand Springs are tied 8-3 in district action with one game left, and Sand Springs has the edge on run differential. The two teams are vying for the right to host a Regional Tournament, and it’ll come down to their Monday evening games. If both teams win, or both teams lose, Sand Springs will host. If Jenks can hold off Shawnee (12-17, 6-5) at 6:00 p.m. and Sand Springs falls to Owasso (21-10, 10-1) at 5:00 p.m., then the Trojans will get the home playoff. Sand Springs has hosted and won four-straight Regional Tournaments.

On Friday the Sandites played two games at the festival-style Tahlequah Tournament. They won 9-1 against Jay (6-19) in game one, but fell 7-0 to Moore (20-8). The games ran on a timer and only lasted four innings apiece.

Taff got the win against Jay with three hits, one strikeout, and one walk in four innings. Marsis Foreman took the loss with seven hits, one strikeout, and eight walks in three innings.

Jay scored their lone run in the top of the first as Foreman singled and stole home. Usher hit her 11th home run of the season to bring in Lee and McNally in the bottom of the inning, and Felicity Horn hit an RBI single to bring in Skaggs.

Sand Springs loaded the bases in the second and Taff hit a 2RBI single to score Lee and McNally. Usher scored on a ground ball from Horn. Hawkins scored on a single from Rector in the third inning, and Rector scored the final run of the game on a ground ball from McNally.

Mackenzie Bechtold (5-3, 9-3) took the loss against Moore, throwing eight hits, one strikeout, and one walk in four innings. Morgan Max got the win with one hit, five strikeouts, and three walks in three innings. Ashlynn Haley pitched two hits and a strikeout in one inning.

Horn, Tanner and Hawkins were the only Sandites to notch hits against the Lions, and Horn and Hawkins had doubles.

Tahlequah Tournament Results
Silo 5-4 Moore
Silo 3-2 Piedmont
Silo 3-2 Tuttle
Silo 10-2 Poteau
Silo 11-1 Inola
Moore 7-0 Sand Springs
Moore 6-5 Tahlequah
Moore 10-1 Sallisaw
Tuttle 9-2 Muskogee
Tuttle 9-2 Coweta
Tuttle 4-3 Glenpool
Checotah 8-1 Tahlequah
Checotah 4-2 Beggs
Piedmont 2-1 Muskogee
Piedmont 9-3 Glenpool
Hilldale 8-5 Henryetta
Hilldale 3-0 Piedmont
Sand Springs 9-1 Jay
Inola 8-1 Jay
Poteau 10-4 Tahlequah
Coweta 2-1 Union
Union 7-6 Sallisaw
Beggs 2-1 Ft. Gibson
Ft. Gibson 1-0 Henryetta

District 6A-3 Standings
10-1 Owasso (21-10)
8-3 Sand Springs (17-10)
8-3 Jenks (17-9)
6-5 Shawnee (12-17)
5-7 Muskogee (8-14)
2-10 Sapulpa (7-17)
1-11 Ponca City (8-21)