Sand Springs Little League team ranked #1 in USA, places fourth at World Series

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By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Oklahoma Thunder has proven themselves to be one of the best teams in the world. No, not the Oklahoma City basketball team. I'm talking about the Sand Springs-based Little League baseball team. The six-and-under squad has spent the last four months winning tournament after tournament and wrapped up the season with a State Championship and World Series appearance. 

Luke Barnes, Jayden Bussell, Drake Charles, Jessie Hubanks, Hayden Luce, Hilkyah Sampson, Cason Sharp, Colton Stevens, Keiton Thompson, Caleb Thompson, Caleb Torkelson, Randell Vickrey, Carter Wood, Wesley Woody, and Kayden Worthington comprise Oklahoma Thunder, which is currently ranked number one in the nation by the United States Specialty Sports Association. 

The dominating team trounced their opponents by an average of 13 to 5 over the course of the season and won six tournaments.

The Thunder went undefeated in the Sand Springs Youth Preseason Tournament, the Broken Arrow Striking Out Cancer Tournament, the World Qualifier in Bixby, and the State Qualifier in Sand Springs. They also placed first at the Bixby Annual Rings Tournament with a 17-11 payback win over Vinita's Dirty Dawgs who defeated the Thunder in the pool play. 

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In June the Thunder competed at the Oklahoma State Championship at Tulsa Hilti Park and stampeded through the competition without losing a single game in the double-elimination tournament. All three of their opponents went down by double digits. 

Last weekend the Thunder set out for Arlington to compete in the USSSA World Series as one of only two Oklahoma teams to make the tournament. The Broken Arrow Razorbacks also qualified for the series.

On day one the Thunder handily won their first game 12-1 over the Keller, Texas Outlaws, but tied 4-4 in the next game against the Texas Free Agents Elite. On Saturday they concluded pool play with an 18-5 rout of the Texas Reds to finish third in the pool. 

On Sunday the Thunder suffered a close 9-6 defeat at the hands of Team Citius Reyes and moved to the consolation bracket where they immediately began putting in work.

The Calallen, Texas Sandcrabs put up a tough fight before going down 4-1. Next to fall was the Keller, Texas Gold Spikes who had just eliminated the Razorbacks. After that 12-4 win, the Thunder had to fend off another neck-and-neck attempt from the Free Agents Elite and prevailed 11-10.

The Thunder season finally came to an end at the hands of the eventual World Series Runners-Up, the Spitfire Baseball team from Cleburne, Texas, in a 19-5 battle for third place. The Thunder may not have won the series, but fourth place is far from a disappointing finish. Needless to say, the local coaches will have their eyes on these boys for years to come. 

Sandite Baseball season comes to a close at the hands of Broken Arrow

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School baseball team (22-16) came out on the losing side of a well-fought shootout in Owasso Thursday evening and was eliminated from the Regional Tournament. 

The Sandites took an early lead in the top of the first as Joey Montgomery singled in Rhett Rutledge to draw first blood. The Broken Arrow Tigers (23-16) quickly tied things up, however, as Mack Chambers scored on a double by Colton Croft.

Ty Fain advanced to home on a throw for the Sandites in the second inning to retake the lead, but the Tigers would retaliate with four runs in the bottom of the inning for the advantage.

Jake Ward (4-3) got the start on the mound for the Sandites, but was replaced by Brock Youngblood after loading the bases in the second and giving up two singles and three walks, and two runs. 

Youngblood (4-2) pulled out the inning without allowing too much damage. He walked in Brady Bean for one run, and Drew Lowe batted in Devon Johnson, but Croft was put out at second on a fielder's choice and Tucker Dunlap flied out to Josh Taber to bring the inning to a close at 5-2.

The Sandites quickly made up for the last inning with five runs in the top of the third to reclaim the lead. Ward sacrificed to score Treyce Tolbert, Fain doubled to score Hunter Greathouse, and Trevor Tolbert reached on sacrifice bunt to score Tyler McCallie and tie the game up. Rutledge doubled in Fain and Taber sacrificed to score Trevor Tolbert before the inning came to a close. 

Broken Arrow put in work as well in the third with Bean reaching on a fielder's choice to score Landon Hulet and Chambers hitting a double to bring in Bean for the 8-7 advantage.

The back-and-forth continued in the top of the fourth as the Sandites took their fourth lead of the game. Treyce Tolbert and Greathouse singled and Ward smacked a double to bring in Tolbert. Fain grounded out to short to score Greathouse and once again the boys were back on top.

The scoring frenzy finally took a break till the bottom of the sixth. Sand Springs put up an impressive effort in the top of the inning with a double from Treyce Tolbert and a single from Greathouse, but both runners were caught stealing and Ward flied out.

The Tigers came out big in the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back doubles from Chambers and Croft to tie things up. Lowe singled and scored on a double by Dunlap, Hulet was hit by pitch, and the Sandites sent their third pitcher of the night to the mound.

Montgomery caught CJ Ivy stealing at third, but Connor Dennis (1-0) walked one batter and struck another to load the bases. Hulet scored on a passed ball, Bean hit a sacrifice, and Johnson scored one on a dropped third strike. Josh Cordell (2-3) became the fourth Sandite to go to the mound and only pitched at one batter, who flied out to right field to bring the inning to a close.

It was down to the top of the seventh for the Sandites, and they went down swinging. McCallie reached on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly from Trevor Tolbert, but Rutledge struck out swinging to bring the game (and the season) to a close 14-10.

Down but not out: Sandites fall 4-0 to Owasso, but could get rematch Thursday

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team got off to a great start at Regionals Wednesday when they handed the Broken Arrow Tigers a 6-3 defeat at Stigall Field in Owasso. The Rams would prove to be too much for the Sandites in round three, however, and the host team shut out their foe 4-0.

The Regional Tournament is double-elimination, so despite the loss the boys could still earn their ticket to State if they can win three more games. The Sandites will face the winner of the Broken Arrow vs Sapulpa game Thursday at 5:00 PM, and if they win that match they'll get to play Owasso again Thursday at 7:30. Because Owasso is undefeated, the Sandites will have to beat them twice to win the Regional. 

It may sound improbable, but the Lady Sandite Fast Pitch Softball team accomplished that feat last fall when they battled their way through the consolation bracket to win the Regional Tournament and ultimately lost the State Championship by a single run.

University of Oklahoma committed junior Jake Terry (5-4) pitched all six innings for the Sandites, giving up seven hits, six walks, and four earned runs against three strikeouts. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College-signee Shane Lang got the win for the Rams, allowing just six hits and one walk against six strikeouts and zero runs in seven innings. 

The game was a slow starter with neither team getting on the board till the bottom of the third when Lang hit a sacrifice fly to score Connor Beichler. The score held at 1-0 till the bottom of the fifth when the Rams finally began to put in work at the plate. 

Beichler walked, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a sacrifice by Tyler Brown. All-American Parker Dunn singled, Lang walked, and Nick Keim hit a sacrifice fly to score Dunn. Kyle Petty brought in pinch runner Sam Thompson on a single for the 4-0 lead.

It was down to the wire for the Sandites. Trevor Tolbert reached on an error and Joey Montgomery was hit by pitch in the top of the sixth, but both were stranded. Terry pitched a no-hitter in the bottom of the inning with one strikeout, and the Sandites had one shot left to tie or take the lead.

Hunter Greathouse grounded out to short. Jake Ward hit a line drive single into left field and was replaced on base by Kameron Adcock. Mack Thompson flied out in foul territory. Ty Fain picked up a single, but the two runners were left stranded as Tolbert grounded out to second to end the game.

Rhett Rutledge leads Sandites to 6-3 playoff win over Broken Arrow

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School baseball team (22-14) got off to a great start in the Regional Tournament at Owasso's Stigall Field Thursday afternoon, taking a quick lead over the Broken Arrow Tigers (21-15) that propelled them to a 6-3 victory.

Rhett Rutledge (3-1) got the start and win on the mound while Colton Croft came out with the loss.

The first two innings were scoreless for both teams, but Joey Montgomery broke the game open with a single scoring Rutledge. Hunter Greathouse doubled to bring in Josh Taber and Mack Thompson hit a sacrifice fly to score Malachi Walton.

Broken Arrow nearly got in a bind in the top of the fourth as the Sandites loaded the bases with their top batter at the plate, but Croft pulled off the impressive strikeout to save the inning. The bottom of the fourth belonged to the Tigers as well, as Devon Johnson scored on a double by Mack Chambers to get the team on the board.

A series of mistakes handed the Sandites another run in the top of the sixth. Rutledge hit a hard double to the centerfield fence, advanced to third on a balk, and scored on an error in left field for the 4-1 advantage.

The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the sixth as Johnson singled, Tucker Dunlap drew a walk, and Chambers reached on an error to load the bases with a single out. Drew Lowe hit a sacrifice fly to score Johnson. Kade Goines walked to reload the bases and Evan Fulps drew the full count walk to score pinch runner Declan Spurlock. Landon Hulet was next to the plate and hit a grounder to short stop for the force at second to end the inning with Sandites riding a close 4-3 lead.

Treyce Tolbert reached base on balls to start the seventh, Greathouse hit a single, and Jake Ward was hit by pitch to load the bases. Keaton Stamp went to the mound for the Tigers, but was unable to prevent runs as Mack Thompson sacrificed to bring in Tolbert and Ty Fain sacrificed to score Greathouse for a 6-3 advantage.

It came down to the bottom of the seventh for the Tigers. Brady Bean flied out to center field and Croft grounded out to short stop. Johnson got on base with a bunt to third but Dunlap hit a pop fly to end the game.

The Sandites will get only a brief rest before taking on the Owasso Rams (27-6) in round three. The Rams defeated Sapulpa in the first round of the Regional, and have two wins over the Sandites this season. Just last week the Sandites threatened to upset the top-seeded team in a close 11-10 home field loss, but were handily defeated 11-2 the following day in Owasso. If the Sandites defeat Owasso in this game, they'll have a rematch Thursday at 7:30 PM. If they lose to Owasso, they'll play either Sapulpa or Broken Arrow Thursday at 5:00 PM.

 

Sandites will travel to Owasso for Regionals and battle Broken Arrow in Round One

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association released the 6A Regional baseball brackets Monday afternoon. The Charles Page High School team (21-14) will travel to Owasso Wednesday at 2:30 PM for their first round game against Broken Arrow (21-14). 

The Sandites and Tigers have neck-and-neck records, each winning 21 games and losing 14, and each having one win over the other. In the Sand Springs/Broken Arrow Wooden Bat Tournament the Tigers got the 6-4 win, but the Sandites retaliated with a 10-3 victory of their own less than a week later. 

The tournament is double-elimination, and from there the Sandites will take on either Sapulpa (6-21) or Owasso (25-6). Sapulpa shouldn't pose much difficulty, as the Sandites have already defeated their Highway 97 rivals three times this season by a combined score of 26-7.

Owasso will be the biggest obstacle in the way of the Sandites' ticket to State. The Rams are the top team in the district and have already defeated Sand Springs twice, just last week. The games were far from blowouts, however, and the Sandites nearly overtook Owasso in the first game. losing by a close 11-10.

PITCHING

Conner Dennis (1-0) has an earned run average of 0.00, having faced 23 batters over 7 innings. He's given up 1 hit, 3 walks, 0 runs, and 0 earned runs while pitching 64% strikes for 4 strikeouts and a .643 WHIP.

Rhett Rutledge (2-1) has an earned run average of 2.07, having faced 125 batters over 27 innings. He's given up 25 hits, 21 walks, 13 runs, and 8 earned runs while pitching 56% strikes for 23 strikeouts and a .561 WHIP. He also has 2 saves and 0 blown saves.

Brock Youngblood (4-1) has an earned run average of 2.57, having faced 136 batters over 33 innings. He's given up 33 hits, 14 walks, 18 runs, and 12 earned runs while pitching 64% strikes for 13 strikeouts and a 1.317 WHIP.

Hunter Greathouse (2-0) has an earned run average of 3.73, having faced 66 batters over 15 innings. He's given up 8 hits, 12 walks, 10 runs, and 8 earned runs while pitching 61% strikes for 32 strikeouts and a 1.200 WHIP. He also has 1 save and 0 blown saves.

University of Oklahoma-commit Jake Terry has an earned run average of 3.77, having faced 211 batters over 42.66 innings. He's given up 45 hits, 42 walks, 29 runs, and 23 earned runs while pitching 58% strikes for 51 strikeouts and a 1.946 WHIP. 

Jake Ward (4-3) has an earned run average of 3.91, having faced 227 batters over 48 innings. He's given up 49 hits, 34 walks, 33 runs, and 27 earned runs while pitching 57% strikes for 49 strikeouts and a 1.635 WHIP.

Josh Cordell (2-3) has an earned run average of 3.95, having faced 164 batters over 34 innings. He's given up 40 hits, 41 walks, 31 runs, and 19 earned runs while pitching 42% strikes for 26 strikeouts and a 1.753 WHIP.

Joey Montgomery (1-2) has an earned run average of 6.64, having faced 96 batters over 19 innings. He's given up 23 hits, 12 walks, 22 runs, and 18 earned runs while pitching 55% strikes for 10 strikeouts and a 1.632 WHIP.

 

BATTING

Cody Motes holds a .500 batting average, .500 slugging average, and .500 OBP with 3 runs, 1 RBI, 1 single, and 3 stolen bases.

Hunter Greathouse has a .390 batting average, a .470 slugging average, and a .483 OBP. He's scored 23 runs and 15 RBI with 29 singles, 8 doubles, 2 triples, and 8 sacrifices. He's also stolen 11 bases this season.

Jake Ward has batted .381 this season with a .488 slugging average and .563 OBP. He's scored 20 runs and 16 RBI with 25 singles, 6 doubles, 1 home run, 4 sacrifices, and 4 stolen bases.

Josh Taber has batted .366 this season with a .387 slugging average and a .491 OBP. He's scored 30 runs and 19 RBI with 32 singles, 2 doubles, 6 sacrifices, and 23 stolen bases.

Joey Montgomery is batting .351 with a .443 slugging average and a .457 OBP. He's scored 3 runs and 21 RBI with 27 singles, 6 doubles, 1 home run, 1 sacrifice, and 2 stolen bases.

Tyler McCallie is sitting at .339 batting, and .542 slugging, with a .473 OBP. He's scored 20 runs and 11 RBI with 13 singles, 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 2 sacrifices, and 9 stolen bases.

Rhett Rutledge has batted .339 this season with a .523 slugging average and .471 OBP. He's scored 34 runs and 20 RBI with 24 singles, 8 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, 7 sacrifices, and 20 stolen bases.

Riley Rutledge has batted .333 this season with a .333 slugging average and .600 OBP. He's scored 2 runs and 1 RBI with 1 single.

Treyce Tolbert holds a .314 batting average, .392 slugging average, and .462 OBP He's scored 25 runs and 21 RBI with 26 singles, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 5 sacrifices, and 10 stolen bases.

Ty Fain holds a .282 batting average, a .308 slugging average, and a .451 OBP. He's scored 10 runs and 8 RBI with 9 singles, 2 doubles, 2 stole bases, and 4 sacrifices.

Jake Terry has batted .276 this season with a .483 slugging average and .408 OBP. He's scored 9 runs and 10 RBI on 8 singles, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 2 sacrifices, and 5 stolen bases.

Southwestern Christian University-signee Trevor Tolbert has batted .244 this season for a .308 slugging average and .366 OBP. He's scored 10 runs and 17 RBI on 15 singles, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 5 sacrifices, and 1 stolen base.

Mack Thompson holds a .237 batting average, .395 slugging average, and .396 OBP. He's scored 16 runs and 4 RBI with 5 singles, 3 doubles, 1 home run, and 5 stolen bases.

Brock Youngblood has a .200 batting average, a .200 slugging average, and a .200 OBP. He has scored 1 runs and 2 RBI on 1 single.

Malachi Walton has batted .167 with a .167 slugging average and a .375 OBP. He's scored 17 runs and 2 RBI with 1 single and 5 stolen bases.

Kameron Adcock has racked up a .167 batting average, a .167 slugging average, and a .286 on-base percentage. He's scored 3 runs, hit 1 single, and stolen 1 base this season.

Rhett Rutledge leads Sandites to run-rule victory over Bartlesville

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (21-14) won their regular season finale with an 11-1 run-rule payback victory over Bartlesville (11-21). The Bruins had previously scored a pair of one-run upsets over the Sandites earlier this month while the Sand Springs team was in a bit of a slump.

The boys went 13-4 in March and at one point racked up a six-game win streak. This past month has been tougher for the Sandites, who won only eight of eighteen games and dropped five in a row before the Bartlesville win. The dry spell appears to be over for the Sandites, and just in time, as they nearly upset the top team in the district in a nail-bitter 11-10 loss to Owasso (24-6) on Monday and notched a significant moral victory in the Bartlesville win, setting themselves up well in district standings at fourth.

Rhett Rutledge (2-1) got it done on the mound and at the plate, pitching all six innings for the win, giving up only three hits and six walks against three strikeouts. He picked up two runs and batted in two runners on two singles. 

Bartlesville took the initial lead in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Doyle to score Garrett Meidl, but it would be their only run of the game.

The Sandites tied it up quickly in the bottom of the first as Rutledge picked up his first run of the game on a sacrifice by Joey Montgomery.

The big go-ahead inning came in the bottom of the second as Senior Southwestern Christian University signee Trevor Tolbert singled in Hunter Greathouse, who doubled. Rutledge reached on an error to bring in Jake Ward and Tolbert, and Tyler McCallie scored on a passed ball for the 5-1 advantage.

In the third inning Greathouse was hit by pitch and advanced to third on a double by Ward before coming home on a throw. Ward scored on a sacrifice grounder by Tolbert to push the edge to 7-1.

In the sixth inning, Malachi Walton was hit by pitch, Tolbert reached on error, and Ty Fain singled to load the bases. Walton came home on a single by Rutledge, Tolbert and Fain both scored on a double by Josh Taber, and Rutledge scored the mercy-rule run on a sacrifice fly by Montgomery.

The Regional Tournament will be held sometime next week, with Regional assignments to be issued on Monday. Photo galleries from this season can be found at https://sanditepride.smugmug.com/2016-Baseball

Owasso soundly defeats Sand Springs for district title

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School baseball team (20-14, 6-7) was out of the conversation for the district championship, but still had the opportunity to spoil it for top-seeded Owasso (24-5, 11-1) if they could win Wednesday afternoon. Of course, that would give Bixby the chance to win it, and the Spartan-Sandite Rivalry is quickly catching up with the Highway 97 Rivalry in terms of intensity. 

While Sand Springs has been on a bit of a slump as of late, they managed to put up one of their most impressive performances of the season earlier this week in a home game against the Rams, hitting three home runs in an 11-10 loss that came down to the wire. The Sandites hoped to build on that performance Wednesday and took a 2-0 lead early on, but the home team rallied with nine runs in the bottom of the third that proved to be more than enough for the win.

Sand Springs went through three pitchers, each throwing two innings, with the loss going to Jake Ward (4-3) who got the start. Ward gave up five hits, seven walks, and seven earned runs in his time on the mound. Kyle Petty got the win for Owasso, pitching six hits against seven strikeouts in six innings.

Sand Springs started out solidly as Josh Taber singled and survived four pickoff attempts before stealing second, and advancing to third on an error by Jake Enzbrenner. Treyce Tolbert hit a line drive double into right field to bring Taber home, but was left stranded as Petty got his second strikeout of the inning. 

Ward gave up a single and two walks in the bottom of the first, but managed to strand loaded bases as Hunter Greathouse forced out a runner at third. Petty added two more strikeouts in the top of the second, but gave up a double to Tyler McCallie that scored Mack Thompson, who also doubled.

Finally the Rams got on the board with five hits and five walks in the bottom of the third for the go-ahead. Brock Youngblood (4-1) relieved Ward as the boys trailed 5-2, but was unable to stem the Owasso tide. In his two innings on the mound he gave up only three hits, one walk, and two earned runs.

Josh Cordell (2-3) got his turn at pitching in the bottom of the fifth and gave up three walks and a double to expand the deficit to 11-2. Jake Terry managed a double in the top of the sixth but was left stranded. Cordell walked two and struck out one in the bottom of the sixth, but the Sandites were held scoreless in the top of the seventh and the Rams held on for the win. 

The Sandites will return to action Friday at 5:00 for Senior Night. Photo galleries from this season can be found at https://sanditepride.smugmug.com/

Sandites go down 11-10 to Owasso despite 7th inning homers from Thompson and Rutledge

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The top-seeded Owasso Rams (23-5, 10-1) traveled to Sand Springs (20-13, 6-6) Monday night for what will likely be one of the most memorable games of the season. The seven inning game lasted for three and a half hours as the two teams each reached double digits in hitting and went through a total of five pitchers. Three Sandites hit home runs, including two in the final stretch that nearly propelled the Sandites past their opponent. Sand Springs never once led, but it was easily one of the most hotly contested games of the year. 

Owasso's Lance Christenberry got the start and the win on the mound, giving up two earned runs and four hits over two innings. Shane Lang got the win, pitching over four innings and allowing three earned runs and six hits against four strikeouts. University of Oklahoma-commit Jake Terry (5-4) got the start and loss for the Sandites and allowed six walks, seven hits, and seven earned runs against six strikeouts over four innings. Rhett Rutledge (1-1) pitched relief and gave up three walks, three hits, and three earned runs over three innings.

Owasso started off the scoring early as Athanie Leeviraphan doubled and came in on a hit by Parker Dunn in the top of the first. The home team retaliated quickly, however, as Joey Montgomery walked and reached home on an error.  

The Rams had an explosive second inning with four base hits and a walk for a 5-1 lead. Nick Keim singled, Jake Enzbrenner walked, and Caleb Denny brought in Keim on a single. Connor Beichler hit a two run double to score Denny and Jordan Lytle, and Tyler Brown singled in Beichler. 

Terry was first to the plate in the bottom of the second and hit his second home run of the season. Josh Taber singled in Rutledge to narrow it to 5-3 and despite a pair of walks in the top of the third, the Sandites managed to hold Owasso to their first runless inning. 

Brayden Lloyd replaced Christenberry on the mound in the bottom of the third and gave up a single to Montgomery and walked Hunter Greathouse. Tyler McCallie ran courtesy for Montgomery and advanced to third on a fielder's choice before scoring on an error to cut the gap to 5-4.  

The Rams more than made up for their prior gaffs in the top of the fourth, however, as Leeviraphan and Beichler drew walks. Dunn scored Leeviraphan on a double into the top of the right field fence and Lang reached on a dropped third strike that allowed Beichler to score. Enzbrenner hit a sacrifice to score Dunn for the 8-4 advantage before Dodger Turner foul tipped out to bring in the Sandites. 

The fourth continued to be the wildest inning of the game as Mack Thompson, Taber, and Jake Ward singled to load the bases. The Umpire took a pitch to the head with Ward at bat and went down for a solid five minutes before getting back on his feet and valiantly continuing the game. Taber started for third on Ward's hit and doubled back and was nearly picked off but was saved by an error that allowed Thompson to come home. Montgomery struck out, but Treyce Tolbert tripled to score Taber and Ward and cut the score down to 8-7. 

Rutledge went to the mound in the top of the fifth. Leeviraphan and Sam Thompson grounded out to start but Brown and Beichler both drew walks and came in on a three run homer by Dunn to make it 11-7. 

The bottom of the fifth was a no hitter and while the Rams came close to scoring in the sixth, Enzbrenner was put out at home to bring the Sandites in. Rutledge drew a walk and Ward was hit by pitch, but neither scored in the first runless inning of the game. 

The Sandites set themselves up well for a rally as they stranded two Owasso base-runners in the top of the seventh and didn't allow any more runs. Greathouse reached on an error to start the offense off, but was put out at second on a fielder's choice. Mack Thompson hit his first home run of the year to score McCallie, and Rutledge followed it up his second homer of the year to cut the gap to a single run. Unfortunately Taber went down swinging and the Rams walked away with the win. 

The Sandites will get a rematch Tuesday at 4:30 in Owasso, assuming the weather stays away till then. The season is rapidly coming to a close with only three games left till Regionals. The boys have a district makeup game Thursday against Bartlesville (10-19) and the season finale will by Friday against Tulsa Memorial (9-16).

The photo gallery from this event can be found at https://sanditepride.smugmug.com/2016-Baseball/42516-Sand-Springs-vs-Owasso/

Great pitching from Rhett Rutledge not enough to hold off Fayetteville

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (20-12) has been on a bit of a downward slope these last few weeks. After going 13-4 in the first month of the season, the boys seem to have lost some steam as they moved into April. After beating Muskogee by a combined 43-1 over three games, it appeared that the Sandites were on top of the world. Since then, they've gone 2-7, and were most recently dropped 4-2 by Bentonville (14-7) and 8-1 by Fayetteville (16-9). 

Fayetteville jumped on their Oklahoma adversaries early on in their weekend game, running up a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Josh Cordell (2-3) got the start and the loss on the mound. Thomas Broyles hit a home run to score Garrett Owens and Robbie Briggs scored on an error at short stop. 

The top of the second was a no-hitter for the Sandites, and the Purple Bulldogs loaded the bases with two singles and two walks to score DeShawn McCoard. Cody Smith scored on a passed ball and Broyles walked to load the bases once more. Cordell was relieved by Rhett Rutledge (1-1). 

Rutledge immediately went to work on improving the situation, striking out Braden Jordan, but Briggs hit a sacrifice fly to score Joey Savin. Hayes Cox singled to score Owens for the 7-0 advantage before Rutledge struck out McCoard to bring the melee to an end. 

The game evened out from there, but the Sand Springs boys were battling from a deep hole, and despite improving on their fielding and pitching, they still couldn't get many hits off the impressive Bulldog pitchers. 

Fayetteville put four on the mound over the course of the game. Savin, Cox, and Chase Arnold pitched an inning each, while Joey Davenport got the start and win, allowing just two hits over four innings. 

Trevor Tolbert landed a single in the top of the third, but was left stranded. The next inning and a half were no-hitters for both teams as Rutledge picked up a trio of strikeouts and Davenport got one as well. 

The Sandites finally found their way onto the scoreboard in the top of the fifth as Savin came out of the bullpen and gave up a single to Hunter Greathouse, a double to Jake Terry, and a sacrifice fly to Ty Fain that brought in Greathouse to make it 7-1. 

The Dogs retaliated in the bottom of the inning, however, as Cox tripled and came in on a single by McCoard for the final score of 8-1. Greathouse also saw pitching action in the sixth inning and picked up three strikeouts against one hit.

The boys are currently sitting fourth in their district with a 6-5 record and only three games left in the regular season. Top-seeded Owasso (21-5, 9-1) will travel to Sand Springs Monday evening at 7:00, then Sand Springs will visit the Rams' diamond on Tuesday for the district finale. 

Photo galleries from the 2016 Sandite Baseball season can be found at https://sanditepride.smugmug.com/2016-Baseball

Bentonville blows out Sand Springs from the mound

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (20-11) was absolutely hammered at the plate Friday evening in Fayetteville as the Bentonville Tigers (14-7) dealt the Sandites their worst batting performance of the season. 

Carter Brown got the win on the mound, pitching nine strikeouts and only giving up two hits while holding the Sandites to a .080 team batting average. Brock Youngblood (4-1) took his first loss this season, giving up ten hits and two walks, but only allowing two earned runs.

Bentonville set the tone for the game from the very first inning, striking out two and coming in quickly to bat where Tyler Johnson doubled to score Nathan Lyons. The second inning saw Joey Montgomery reach on an error for the Sandites, but once more it was the Tigers who scored the lone run of the inning as Matt Bratspies singled in Justin Hines. 

The third inning was a no hitter for both teams, and Sand Springs tried to turn things around in the top of the fourth. Rhett Rutledge reached on an error and Josh Taber singled to start the inning. Rutledge was put out at third on a fielder's choice, but Taber scored on an error to get the boys on the board.

Bentonville took the definitive lead in the bottom of the fifth, however, as Kam'Ron Mays Hunt singled and Bratspies doubled. Lyons reached on an error by Rutledge at short stop that allowed Bratspies to score, and eventually made his way home on a throw for the 4-1 advantage. 

Mack Thompson drew a walk in the top of the sixth but the next three batters were struck out. Poole drew a walk in the bottom of the inning and Kyle Knight hit a single, but neither scored. 

It came down to the top of the seventh for the Sandites, and they put forth their biggest inning of the game. Hunter Greathouse reached on a fielder's choice, Tyler McCallie was hit by pitch, and Trevor Tolbert singled to bring in Greathouse. Unfortunately, Thompson hit a grounder to third and McCallie was forced out to bring the game to a close. 

Jake Ward's gem undone in 7th inning rally by Bartlesville

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (20-10) traveled to Bartlesville (9-18) Thursday evening and gave up a 5-4 loss despite leading till the seventh inning and dominating the entirety of the game. 

Jake Ward (4-2) was a machine on the mound, pitching six innings and giving up only three hits, three walks, and one run, while throwing 52% strikes for eight strikeouts. Trevor Doyle got the win on the mound for Bartlesville, giving up only two hits and no runs, while Jake Terry (5-3) got the loss for the Sandites after relieving Ward in the seventh inning and giving up four hits, two walks, and four runs in a third of an inning.

Zach Snow started the game for the Bruins, striking out Rhett Rutledge, but giving up a double to Ward, walking Joey Montgomery, and a single to Treyce Tolbert. Courtesy runner Mack Thompson advanced to home on a throw to draw first blood.

Ward struck out two in his first inning on the mound, but walked AJ Archambo and allowed him to score on a double by Zac Boyes to tie it up. The second inning was a no-hitter for both teams and Ward struck out the side in order.

Rutledge singled in the top of the third but was put out on a fielders choice and Thompson was caught stealing. Garrett Meidl reached on an error at short stop and stole second before being stranded as Archambo struck out swinging.

Hunter Greathouse singled in the fourth but was left stranded. Boyes struck out in the bottom of the fourth as Ward pitched yet another no-hitter inning.

Sand Springs finally took the lead back in the top of the fifth as Terry singled and came in on a Rutledge double. Rutledge scored on an error and Josh Taber scored on a single by Montgomery for a 4-1 advantage.

Ward walked two in the bottom of the fifth and gave up a single to load the bases, but saved the inning with another Archambo strike out. Both teams put a single runner each on base in the sixth and Trevor Tolbert was stranded after singling in the top of the seventh. 

With the game seemingly all wrapped up, Terry went to the mound and started off well with a strikeout of Derek Hill. Then, Bartlesville went to work. 

Logan McNeill singled in Hunter Stoops, and Boyes singled in Meidl and Brady Sewell to tie it up. With two on base, and only one out on the board, things became dire for the Sandites. Doyle stepped to the plate and took one strike, then fired off a line drive single into left field to score Archambo for the win. 

This is the second time this season the Sandites have been upset in the seventh inning by Bruins. 

Sand Springs returns to action Friday in Fayetteville as they take on Bentonville (13-7) at 4:30 and Fayetteville (14-9) at 7:00. The Bruins will travel to Tulsa Friday at 4:30 to battle the Booker T Washington Hornets (3-25).

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Youngblood undefeated on the mound; Rutledge scores big hits in 10-3 domination of Broken Arrow

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (20-9) got vengeance on Broken Arrow (20-10) for a championship round defeat at the Wooden Bat Tournament last week, dominating the Tigers 10-3 on their own turf Friday night.

Brock Youngblood (4-0) got the win on the mound with seven hits, two strike outs, and one walk before being relieved by Jake Terry in the seventh inning. Terry pitched two strikeouts and no hits or walks. The Tigers went through six different pitchers over the course of the game. The loss went to Landon Hulet who gave up one hit, one run, and one walk over two innings. 

The home team drew first blood as CJ Ivy scored on a single by Tucker Dunlap in the bottom of the first. The Sandites quickly responded with a sacrifice by Tyler McCallie that scored Treyce Tolbert in the top of the second.

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Sand Springs scored the go-ahead run in the top of the third as Rhett Rutledge doubled and came in on a single by Jake Ward. In the fourth inning Hunter Greathouse doubled and scored on a hit by Ty Fain. Rutledge doubled once again in the fifth and scored on a double by Josh Taber, then Joey Montgomery singled in Taber to make it 5-1. 

In the top of the sixth Rutledge scored once again, singling in Fain, then coming home on a single by Ward. Broken Arrow finally found home plate again in the bottom of the sixth as Dunlap singled in Mack Chambers and Devon Johnson sacrificed to score Colton Croft. 

The top of the seventh saw Greathouse triple to score Tolbert. Mack Thompson singled in Greathouse, then Rutledge doubled in Thompson for the 10-3 advantage. Terry went to the mound in the bottom of the inning and pitched a no-hitter to secure the victory.

Sand Springs will take a week off before returning to the mound on the 25th against Owasso (18-5).

Union Baseball trumps Sandites 6-3

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

For the second night in a row, the Charles Page High School baseball team (19-9) was bested by the Union Redskins (14-9), marking their fourth-straight loss overall. The Sandites sought to use their home field advantage to find payback against Union for a 5-3 loss Monday night in Tulsa, but after giving up the lead in the third inning, they were unable to find another run for the duration of the game.

Jake Ward (4-2) got the loss on the mound, giving up six hits and four walks against three strikeouts. Daniel Smith got the win for the Redskins, striking out five and allowing only three hits.

The first inning saw more runs than the rest of the game combined, with Union drawing first blood on a single by Ryan Farrell that scored Braden Merrill and Hector Carillo. Sand Springs came out on top, however, as Joey Montgomery singled to score Josh Taber and Rhett Rutledge. Hunter Greathouse sacrificed to score Ty Fain for the 3-2 lead.

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The second inning was a no-hitter and Union took the lead in the top of the third. Farrell sacrificed to score Merrill and Zack Doak sacrificed to score Carillo for the lead. Sand Springs failed to get on base in the third.

Union failed to get on base in the fourth while Sand Springs stranded one. The fifth was another no-hitter for the Redskins, who walked two but were able to end the inning on a fielder's choice that put out Taber at third. 

The visitors cushioned their lead in the top of the sixth as Daniel Scheid sacrificed to score Justin Comeau. Treyce Tolbert landed a single for the Sandites, but was stranded as Union came in to bat. Merrill iced the cake on his impressive evening with a home run to make it 6-3. 

Sand Springs tried to rally with singles from Jake Terry and Rutledge, but Taber and Terry were outed in a double play and Ward flied out to strand Rutledge and bring the evening to a close.

Sand Springs will return to action Friday night at Broken Arrow (20-9) who they just gave up a 6-4 loss to in the championship round at the Sand Springs/Broken Arrow Wooden Bat Tournament. 

Jake Terry's solid pitching undone by errors, Sandites edged out 5-3 by Union

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (19-8) took a third-straight loss Monday night at Union High School as the Redskins (14-9) took advantage of solid pitching from Senior Braden Merrill and the Sandites' third-poorest hitting record this season. 

University of Oklahoma-commit Jake Terry (5-2) got the loss on the mound, despite a statistically solid pitching effort. He gave up five hits and four walks for only two earned runs. Merrill got the win for the Redskins giving up only four hits and one walk. 

The game was a slow starter as neither team landed a base hit till Union's Zach Ponio connected for a single in the bottom of the third. Terry walked two in that inning to load the bases, but a force at home and a line out to Rhett Rutledge saved the inning. Rutledge reached on an error in the top of the fourth to be the first Sandite on base, but Jake Ward, Josh Taber, and Joey Montgomery all flied out to leave him stranded. 

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The Redskins finally drew first blood in the bottom of the fourth as Grady Davenport singled and Zack Doak reached on an error. Devin Layton doubled in Davenport and Kyle Simms singled in Doak and Layton for a 3-0 lead. A pair of errors in the top of the fifth allowed the Sandites to put two on base, but neither got the opportunity to score before Union was headed back in to do more damage.

Landen Wood singled, Merrill was hit by pitch, and Davenport reached on an error by Rutledge to score Wood. Ryan Farrell reached on a fielder's choice that outed Davenport at second but allowed Merrill to score for a 5-0 advantage.

Sand Springs finally began to rally in the top of the sixth as Terry and Taber singled and Montgomery doubled to score the both of them. Treyce Tolbert batted in courtesy runner Malachi Walton on a single to make it 5-3, but Tyler McCallie struck out to bring the offense to a close with two left on base.

Terry struck out Layton and Trent Robertson in the bottom of the sixth and Simms grounded out to Trevor Tolbert to give the Sandites one last shot in the top of the seventh. Union sent Robertson to the mound for the save. Trevor Tolbert flied out but Terry reached base on balls and Taber was hit by pitch. Rutledge flied out next but Ward walked to load the bases. Unfortunately for the Sandites, Montgomery struck out swinging to end the rally attempt.

Sand Springs will get their chance for payback Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm at home.

Mid-season Baseball Stats: 3 undefeated pitchers remain, Taber leads in scoring with 23 runs and 15 RBI

The 2016 Sandite baseball season is well under way and the boys have racked up an impressive 19-7 record and a first place trophy at the Bixby Tournament.

Hunter Greathouse (2-0) has played all 26 games this season and holds a .429 batting average, a .481 slugging average, and a .506 OBP. He's scored 17 runs and 13 RBI and is 5 of 6 stealing. He's hit 26 singles, 6 doubles, 1 triple, and 5 sacrifices. He's pitched 14 innings for a .571 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP. He's faced 61 batters and given up only 7 hits, 10 runs, and 8 earned runs. He's walked 11 and struck out 29 while throwing 60% strikes.

Jake Ward (4-1) has played all 26 games this season and holds a .435 batting average, a .548 slugging average, and a .611 OBP. He's scored 17 runs and 14 RBI and is 4 of 6 stealing. He's hit 21 singles, 5 doubles, 1 home run, and 4 sacrifices. He's pitched 33 innings for a .420 ERA and a 1.560 WHIP. He's faced 151 batters and given up 35 hits, 19 runs, and 14 earned runs. He's walked 20 and struck out 37 while throwing 59% strikes.

Joey Montgomery (1-2) has played all 26 games this season and holds a .406 batting average, a .522 slugging average, and a .418 OBP. He's scored 3 runs and 12 RBI and is 2 of 4 stealing. He's hit 22 singles, 5 doubles, and 1 home run. He's pitched 19 innings for a .948 ERA and a 1.632 WHIP. He's faced 96 batters and given up 23 hits, 22 runs, and 18 earned runs. He's walked 12 and struck out 10 while throwing 55% strikes. 

Rhett Rutledge (1-1) has played all 26 games this season and holds a .342 batting average, a .513 slugging average, and a .500 OBP. He's scored 24 runs and 14 RBI and is 17 of 19 stealing. He's hit 18 singles, 4 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run, and 7 sacrifices. He's pitched 14 innings for a .214 ERA and a .576 WHIP. He's faced 67 batters and given up 15 hits, 8 runs, and 3 earned runs. He's walked 9 and struck out 14 while throwing 58% strikes and has one save.

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Josh Taber has played all 26 games this season and holds a .377 batting average, a .377 slugging average, and a .525 OBP. He's scored 23 runs and 15 RBI and is 19 of 22 stealing. He's hit 23 singles and 5 sacrifices.

University of Oklahoma-commit Jake Terry (5-1) has played in 24 games this season and holds a .238 batting average, a .405 slugging average, and a .396 OBP. He's scored 6 runs and 9 RBI and is 4 of 5 stealing. He's hit 5 singles, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, and 2 sacrifices. He's pitched 31 innings for a .319 ERA and a 1.787 WHIP. He's faced 148 batters and allowed only 29 hits, 12 runs, and 10 earned runs. He's walked 27 and struck out 38 while throwing 57% strikes.

Treyce Tolbert has played in 26 games this season and holds a .342 batting average, a .395 slugging average, and a .500 OBP. He's scored 23 runs and 17 RBI and is 9 of 11 stealing. He's hit 23 singles, 2 doubles, 1 home run, and 3 sacrifices. 

Southwestern Christian University-signee Trevor Tolbert has played in 24 games this season and holds a .254 batting average, a .339 slugging average, and a .405 OBP. He's scored 8 runs and 14 RBI and is 1 of 3 stealing. He's hit 11 singles, 3  doubles, 1 triple, and 5 sacrifices. 

Ty Fain has played in 21 games this season and holds a .276 batting average, a .310 slugging average, and a .475 OBP. He's scored 7 runs and 7 RBI and is 11 of 12 stealing. He's hit 6 singles, 2 doubles, and 1 sacrifice.

Mack Thompson has played in 20 games this season and holds a .208 batting average, a .292 slugging average, and a .406 OBP. He's scored 11 runs and 1 RBI and is 4 of 6 stealing. He's hit 3 singles and 2 doubles. 

Tyler McCallie has played in 19 games this season and holds a .419 batting average, a .674 slugging average, and a .537 OBP. He's scored 17 runs and 9 RBI and is 9 of 10 stealing. He's hit 12 singles, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, and 1 sacrifice. 

Malachi Walton has played 11 games this season and holds a .167 batting average, a .167 slugging average, and a 286 OBP. He's scored 15 runs and 2 RBI, has stolen 5 bases and has hit 1 single.

Josh Cordell (2-2) has played in nine games this season and has pitched 31 innings for a .391 ERA and 1.566 WHIP. He's faced 141 batters and allowed only 35 hits, 22 runs, and 12 earned runs. He's walked 13 and struck out 25 while throwing 42% strikes.

Brock Youngblood (3-0) has played in eight games this season and holds a .250 batting average, a .250 slugging average, and a .250 OBP. He's scored 1 run and 2 RBI and has hit 1 single. He's pitched 19 innings for a .268 ERA and a 1.072 WHIP. He's faced 76 batters and allowed only 13 hits, 9 runs, and 5 earned runs. He's walked 10 and struck out 10 while throwing 62% strikes. 

Cody Motes has played six games this season and holds a .500 batting average, a .500 slugging average, and a .500 OBP. He's scored 6 runs and 1 RBI. He's stolen 4 bases and hit 1 single.

Kameron Adcock has played in four games this season and holds a .167 batting average, a .167 slugging average, and a .286 OBP with 3 runs and 1 single.

Riley Rutledge has played in three games this season and holds a .333 batting average, a .333 slugging average, and a .600 OBP. He's scored 2 runs and 1 RBI and has hit 1 single.

Conner Dennis (1-0) has played in two games this season and has pitched 7 innings for a .000 ERA and 0.643 WHIP. He's faced 23 batters and allowed only 1 hit and 0 runs. He's walked 2 and struck out 4 while throwing 64% strikes.

Sandites take second at Wooden Bat Tournament

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (19-7) made their way to the finals of the Sand Springs/Broken Arrow Wooden Bat Tournament with wins over Sapulpa and Muskogee, and drew first blood against Broken Arrow, but the Tigers (19-8) racked up a 6-1 lead by the bottom of the fourth and held on for the win. 

Josh Cordell (2-2) picked up the loss on the mound, giving up six hits and two walks for six runs and two earned runs. Conner Dennis (1-0) and Brock Youngblood (3-0) each took turns on the mound for one inning each and didn't give up any hits or runs, but were unable to sway the tide of the game in the Sandites' favor. 

Keaton Stamp pitched a no-hitter in the first inning for the Tigers. Brady Bean singled and survived four pickoff attempts before finally being caught stealing by Joey Montgomery to end the inning.

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Malachi Walton scored on a Hunter Greathouse sacrifice in the top of the second, but Treyce and Trevor Tolbert both flied out to center field to end the inning with Tyler McCallie stranded on third after a double. 

The bottom of the second is what did the Sandites in. Devon Johnson singled and the bases were loaded as Cordell walked Mack Chambers and Drew Lowe. Kade Goines reached third on an error by McCallie, allowing all three runners to score. Austin Hulet sacrificed to score Goines and the Tigers took a 4-1 lead.

Josh Taber reached on an error in the top of the third but was caught stealing. Bean scored for Broken Arrow in the bottom on a steal of home. The Tigers pitched a no hitter in the top of the fourth, then added to their lead on a Goines sacrifice that scored Chambers. 

Neither team managed a hit in the fifth, through Broken Arrow did strand a walker. Finally, the Sandites began to rally in the top of the sixth with singles from Taber and Rhett Rutledge. Jake Ward was hit by pitch to load the bases and Montgomery scored two on a double. Treyce Tolbert batted in Ward on a fielder's choice that outed Montgomery at third, and McCallie was outed at first on a dropped third strike to end the inning 6-4.

Youngblood pitched a no-hitter in the bottom of the sixth, but Jon Gilton retaliated with a no-hitter in the top of the seventh to secure the victory and the tournament championship. 

Sand Springs will return to action Monday at 6:00 pm at Union (11-9), whom they've already defeated once this season in a close 7-6 thriller at the Bixby Tournament. 

Fantastic performance from Rutledge not enough to hold off Bartlesville upset

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Bartlesville Bruins (5-17) dropped losses to Bixby and Broken Arrow on day one of the Sand Springs/Broken Arrow Wooden Bat Tournament, but pulled out a surprising come-from-behind upset over their hosts in Sand Springs.

The Sandites (19-6) claimed a two-run lead twice in the affair, and twice gave up four-run innings to their challenger. Rhett Rutledge (1-1) got his first loss on the mound this season, giving up four hits, four runs, and four walks, but struck out four and none of the runs were earned. Joey Montgomery (1-2) got the start on the mound and pitched into the fourth inning before being relieved with the game tied 2-2. Trevor Doyle got the win for Bartlesville, who went through four pitchers in the affair.

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Montgomery struck out one and pitched a no-hitter in the first and the Sandites took the lead as Rutledge tripled and scored on a balk. Montgomery only gave up one hit in the second and two in the third, but neither scored. Again, it was Rutledge with a run in the bottom in the third, singling and being brought in on a Tyler McCallie walk on loaded bases. 

In the top of the fourth, Bartlesville took their first lead as Zac Boyes and Tate Holman were each hit by pitch. Pierson Lavery sacrificed to bring in Boyes and Holman scored on a single by Derek Hill to tie it up. Montgomery walked one more and Rutledge took over on the mound. Garrett Meidl singled to score Hill and Zach Snow for the 4-2 advantage.

Bartlesville pitched their first no-hitter in the bottom of the fourth and continued to get on base in the top of the fifth with two walks and a single, but failed to score. University of Oklahoma-commit Jake Terry singled, stole second and third, then scored on an error to make it 4-3.

Rutledge had a great inning pitching in the sixth, striking out three and only giving up a single, and the Sandites capitalized on it, reclaiming their lead 6-3. Rutledge doubled to score Ty Fain and Josh Taber, then scored on a passed ball. 

The Bruins won it in the top of the seventh, however, as AJ Archambo walked and Boyes reached first on catcher's interference. Rutledge put out courtesy runner Lukas Rietfors at second on a fielder's choice that allowed Tate Holman to reach first. Doyle reached on a error at short stop to score Archambo. Lavery struck out, but Hill was intentionally walked to load the bases, then Snow walked to score Tate. Meidl singled to score Doyle and Hill advanced to home on a throw before the Sandites finally came in to bat.

Treyce Tolbert and McCallie were both put out, but Trevor Tolbert doubled, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on an error to make it 8-7. Ty Fain advanced as far as third and it looked like the Sandites would tie it, but Doyle struck out Taber to fend off the rally. 

Muskogee can't get away from Sand Springs, dropping three straight by a combined 43-1

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Muskogee Roughers (2-18) are probably wishing they were in a different district by this point. The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (18-5) warmed up Monday night at home with a 3-0 shutout of Muskogee, completely annihilated them 32-1 Tuesday night in Muskogee, then finished off the series with an 8-0 shutout Thursday afternoon at the Sand Springs/Broken Arrow Wooden Bat Tournament.

Sophomore Conner Dennis (1-0) made his first trip to the mound this season and made an excellent debut, throwing 67% strikes and giving up just a single hit, one walk, and four strikeouts. Josh Taber led the offense for the Sandites, scoring three runs on four plate appearances.

The lone hit of the night for Muskogee came on the second pitch of the game. Muskogee pitcher Ke'shawn Ballard, who got the loss on the mound, connected for a single into left field, but was ultimately stranded on second.

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Taber connected for a lead off single in the bottom of the first and scored on a passed ball along with Rhett Rutledge. Treyce Tolbert sacrificed to score Jake Ward and Malachi Walton scored on an error for a 4-0 lead.

Dennis struck out Corey Landrum in the second, Landrum and Karrington Ashley in the fifth, and Mathis Givens in the sixth. The lone walk was Riley Foster who was hit by pitch in the sixth.

Malachi Walton ran courtesy for Joey Montgomery in the bottom of the third, advanced to third on an error, and scored on a balk. Mack Thompson singled in the fourth, advanced to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a sacrifice by Rhett Rutledge, and scored on a passed ball with Ward at bat. Ward reached on an error to score Taber, who walked. 

Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, Taber walked yet again. He stole second, took third on a passed ball, and scored on a hit by Ward for the game-wining run-rule. This marked the fourth straight win for Sand Springs.

Sandite Baseball hammers Muskogee 32-1; Terry, Rutledge, and McCallie hit homers

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School baseball team (17-5) hammered the Muskogee Roughers (2-16) 32-1 in the highest-scoring game in years for the Sandites. Josh Cordell (2-1) got the win on the mound, striking out twelve, walking none, and allowing only one unearned run over five innings. 

Sand Springs scored 18 runs in the first inning alone, putting the game in the bag before a Rougher had even stepped on plate. The run-rule doesn't kick in till the fifth inning so there was nothing Muskogee could do to end the slaughter. 

Leading the scoring onslaught was Rhett Rutledge with 4 runs, 4RBI, and 3 hits.

Josh Taber and Rutledge scored first, each on passed balls. Jake Ward doubled and scored on a Treyce Tolbert single. Malachi Walton came home on a throw, Tyler McCallie singled in Hunter Greathouse, Jake Terry walked in Tolbert for a 6-0 lead and the Sandites rounded out the batting order before the Roughers managed their first out. 

Rutledge sacrificed to score McCallie, Ward singled in Tolbert, Terry score on a passed ball, Tolbert singled in Ward and Walton, and Greathouse scored on a passed ball. McCallie homered in Treyce Tolbert, Terry homered in Trevor Tolbert, and Rutledge homered in Taber for the 18-0 lead before the inning finally came to a close.

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Cordell struck out the side in the bottom of the first, and the Sandites were at it again, scoring three in the top of the second. McCallie singled in Greathouse, Terry doubled in Treyce Tolbert, and Taber sacrificed to score McCallie to make it 21-0.

The lone Rougher run of the game came in the bottom of the second. Cordell struck out Mathis Givens and Riley Foster, but gave up singles to Cale Hutchens and Corey Landrum. Karrington Ashley reached on an error to score Hutchens, but was put out at second on a fielders' choice on the next hit.

Ty Fain hit a sacrifice fly in the third to score Ward and Cordell struck out the side. Brock Youngblood batted in Riley Rutledge on a single in the fourth and Treyce Tolbert singled in Rhett Rutledge to make it 24-0. Cordell gave up two singles in the bottom of the fourth, but struck out two to strand the runners. 

The fifth inning was a well placed exclamation mark on an already incredible game. Youngblood singled in Mack Thompson, Montgomery walked in Kameron Adcock, Walton singled in Rhett Rutledge, Treyce Tolbert singled in Youngblood, Fain singled in Montgomery, Thompson walked in Walton, and Riley Rutledge rounded out the batting order and walked in Treyce Tolbert. Rhett Rutledge walked in Fain for the final run of the game to make it 32-1 and Cordell struck out two to bring the game to a close after five unbelievable innings. 

Sand Springs returns to the field Thursday at the Sand Springs Wooden Bat Tournament with two more games against the Roughers at 12:00 and 2:30, followed by Sapulpa at 5:00.

OU-commit Jake Terry pitches shutout win over Muskogee

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School baseball team (16-5) has more than its fair share of talented pitchers. University of Oklahoma-commit Jake Terry (5-1) is one of the best in the state. The junior has pitched 31 innings against 148 batters this season and has only given up 29 hits and 10 earned runs. That record improved Monday night when he gave up only two hits in a shutout win over Muskogee where he struck out nine over six innings. He currently leads the team in strikeouts and strikeouts per inning.

Offensively it was a low scoring game as the Sandites only scored three runs, all of which came in the bottom of the second. Joey Montgomery and Tyler McCallie were hit by pitch and Josh Taber reached base on balls. Courtesy runner Malachi Walton scored on a wild pitch and Terry batted in Taber and McCallie on a 2RBI single for the 3-0 advantage.

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Sand Springs only put twelve on base over the course of the game and only managed five base hits, but Terry's pitching coupled with talented fielding that gave up zero errors was enough to fend off the Roughers (2-16) for the duration.