Sand Springs qualifies two for Golf State Championship

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School golf teams failed to qualify for the State Championship as a whole, but two boys placed high enough as individuals to earn their ticket to Stillwater. Not just two boys, but two brothers. 

The 6A East Regional was held at Ponca City this year and Carson and Garrett Griggs were among the seven players to qualify as individuals. Carson had the best round of the seven, scoring rounds of 81 and 73. Garrett came in third with rounds of 77 and 82. 

Sand Springs has never had a State Champion in Golf, so if one of the Griggs brothers pull it off, they'll notch a special place in the history book.

Carson qualified as a freshman (he's a sophomore now) and placed 30th of 73 last year, coming in right in the middle of the pack with a total score of 161, fourteen strokes behind the Champion.

Weather permitting, the State Tournament will be held at Karsten Creek in Stillwater May 9-10. The girls team did not qualify anyone this year.

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

Union wins two of three in Regional Series against Sand Springs

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The No.14 ranked Charles Page High School slow pitch softball team (12-7) scored a pair of upsets at 9-2 and 9-3 over No.10 Elk City (23-15) and No.4 Union (24-6) respectively, before falling 1-0 in their second game against the Redskins. The Thursday afternoon Regional playoff was a double-elimination bracket, and Union rebounded from their first loss to the Sandites with a low-scoring game that saw only five total hits from the two teams. 

Game two against Union was far different from the first game which had twenty hits between the two teams. Senior Northeastern State University-signee Jessica Schuler (8-4) got the loss on the mound, despite giving up zero earned runs, and only two hits and two walks. 

The lone run of the game came on a sacrifice fly from Mackenzie Addis to score Jackie Self, who reached on an error in left field. The Lady Sandites stranded a total of four runners over the course of the game in their only shutout loss of the season. 

With each team holding a 2-1 tournament record, the Redskins avenged their earlier loss with a 16-2 payback for the Regional Title and a ticket to State. 

The host team took a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first as Sammy Ibison and Lexy Dobson each singled, then scored on an error in left field that allowed Addis to reach second. Another error on the same play, this time at third base, allowed Addis to reach third. She soon after came home on a throw. Toni Weese doubled to bring in Paige Boyle, who also doubled.

Sydney Pennington hit her second homer of the day to get the Sandites on the board, but it would be the last run the girls scored till the bottom of the fourth.

Union added two more in the top of the fifth as Britton Clark doubled in Dobson and Brylee Dickinson sacrificed to bring in Addis. 

The top of the fourth is where the Redskins effectively put the win out of reach for the Sandites, racking up another six runs with four coming on errors. Kimi Presnell drew a walk for the Sandites and came in on a double by Madelyn Blair, but Union caked on three more runs in the top of the fifth. The Lady Sandites failed to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth and Union won it by mercy rule to end the season for the Sandites. 

Schuler got the loss on the mound in game two, with Stella Millican (4-3) pitching the final inning.

Photo galleries from Regionals and the rest of the season can be found at https://sanditepride.smugmug.com/2016-Slow-Pitch-Softball

Sydney Pennington scores 2 runs, 6 RBI, and a homer in 9-3 playoff victory over Union

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The No.14 ranked Charles Page High School slow pitch softball team (12-5) traveled to Union Intermediate High School Thursday for the Regional Championship and won their first game 9-2 over No.10 Elk City (23-14), then dominated the host team 9-3. Senior Northeastern State University signee Jessica Schuler (7-3) pitched both wins, giving up seven hits and five walks in the win over Union.

The No.4 Redskins (22-6) started off with a 2-0 advantage in the first inning. Sammy Ibison reached base on an error at short stop to start the game, but Oklahoma State University-commit Sydney Pennington made up for it on the next play, outing the runner at second in a double play to clear the bases. Mackenzie Addis reached base on balls and was batted in on a double by Aaliyah Villalobos, who in turn scored on a single by Paige Boyle.

Sand Springs evened things up in the bottom of the inning as Kennedy "Goose" Salyers singled and came in on a home run by Pennington, her tenth this season. Union reclaimed the lead in the top of the second with a sacrifice fly by Jackie Self to score Toni Weese, and held it till the bottom of the fifth when the Sandites put the game in the bag.

Freshman Jacie Taber reached on an error, Salyers and Kimi Presnell singled to load the bases, and Pennington brought the lot home with a three-run go-ahead single. Madelyn Blair scored Pennington on a double to make it 6-3.

The Lady Sandites iced the cake in the bottom of the sixth as Rachel Blair doubled in Kellie Johnson and scored on a sacrifice by Taber. Salyers hit a single and scored on yet another single from Pennington for the 9-3 lead.

The Sand Springs vs Union photo gallery can be found at https://sanditepride.smugmug.com/2016-Slow-Pitch-Softball/42816-Sand-Springs-vs-Union/

Lady Sandite Basketball advances in playoffs with 46-43 win over Booker T Washington

Story and photo by: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The No.11 ranked Charles Page High School girls' basketball team (17-8) is still alive in their playoff run after a close 46-43 win over No. 13 Booker T Washington (16-10) Thursday night in Catoosa. 

The girls won their first Regional game against Union last week, guaranteeing their advancement to Area, but lost in the Regional Championship to No.4 Sapulpa (22-3), 48-40, meaning they have to take the long way to State by winning two straight at Area. Their win over Booker T puts them halfway there, now they just need to defeat No. 9 Owasso (19-7) Saturday at 1:30 PM.

Junior Sydney Pennington led the scoring effort for the Sandites with 14 points, followed by sophomore Gloria Mutiri who had a double-double with ten points and twelve rebounds. 

The Lady Sandites took an early 11-3 lead before trailing off defensively toward the end of the first quarter, at one point allowing the Hornets to snag six straight offensive rebounds, and their opponent took a 17-13 lead early in the second. 

Pennington tied things back up with a pair of layups and it was a back and forth affair from there. Rhys Anderson hit a two to take the lead back for Booker T. Sandite freshman Destiny Johnson missed a two but Mutiri rebounded and tied things up at 19-19. Anderson sank another shot, followed by Mutiri, then freshman Holly Kersgieter snatched a half court steal and hit the layup with five seconds left in the half to take the lead back for the Sandites.

Kambri Davis hit a three, followed by Taylor Sells with a two and it was the Hornets with a 26-23 lead to start the second half. Pennington, Kersgieter, and Mutiri went on a 6 point run for Sand Springs to take back the lead for a while, but the Hornets found 5 points of their own to carry a 33-31 advantage into the final stanza.

The lead exchanged hands five times in the fourth period, but Sand Springs emerged to a definitive lead off a run from Johnson who sank a field goal and three free throws to give her team a 44-39 advantage. Sells hit a two and added a free throw and it continued to come down to the wire as both teams were in the double bonus with 1:16 to play. 

Aiya El-Hassan had a chance to tie things up from the charity stripe, but missed her second shot and senior Cierra Scott was fouled on the rebound and sent to the line to score the final points of the night.

If the girls can overcome Owasso on Saturday, they'll advance to the State Championship tournament for the first time in half a decade. It won't be easy. The girls defeated the Lady Rams 51-48 earlier this season, but the last time the two teams met it was Owasso with a 53-48 victory.

Come out and support your girls Saturday afternoon at 1:30 at Catoosa High School, right up the road from the Hard Rock Casino! It's been an incredible year of State Championship appearances from Sand Springs, let's rally around our incredible athletes and send another team to the top!

9 Sandites remain at State, only slightly behind Broken Arrow and Choctaw

image.jpg

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The remaining Sandites have about an hour long break before the next round begins at the 6A State Championship in Oklahoma City. 

Charles Page wrestling qualified eleven for the tournament with seven Regional Champions, more than either Broken Arrow or the Dual State Champions from Choctaw. Unfortunately 220 pound junior and Regional Champion Delvin Jordan was unable to participate dropping the number to nine. 

106 freshman Riley Weir (20-12) came in third at Regionals and was pitted against Choctaw's Colt Newton (40-3) in the first round and was pinned in 0:41. From there he was majored 14-4 by Yukon's Braden Fowler and eliminated. 

113 Regional Champion Michael Ritchey (22-16) was defeated in round one by Westmoore's Wes Hardin (31-11) by a narrow 5-2 decision but managed to hold the lead in the next match for a 5-3 victory over Spencer Schickram (14-9) of Ponca City. 

120 Regional Champion Blake Sargent (36-10) went into overtime with Zackery Bibb (24-5) of Capitol Hill and lost 4-2 in the tie breaker round. He fell in an early hole to Justin Gundlach (29-11) of Moore and trailed 3-2 going into the final period, but rallied for a takedown and pin at 5:14 to stay alive in the consolation bracket. 

126 two-time undefeated State Champion Daton Fix (44-0) pinned Bobby Robinson (30-13) of Deer Creek in 1:37.

132 Regional Champion Jack Karstetter (38-7) breezed through his first match with a 17-2 tech fall over Norman's Jeffrey Adams (23-12) in 5:42.  

138 Regional Champion Beau Bratcher (40-6) pinned Choctaw's Jeff Speer (23-10) in 4:48. 

145 Regional Champion Payton Scott (18-4) pinned Westmoore's Trey Painter (32-10) in 3:52.  

160 Regional Runner-Up Zane Basma (32-11) scored an 8-3 decision over Sam Hensley (31-13) of Edmond Memorial.  

170 Trace Fleischman (10-4) placed fourth at Regionals but rebounded big time at State with a 3-1 upset of West Regional Champion Jacob Schimmels (23-6) of Edmond. 

The top three teams are as close now as they have been all season with Broken Arrow at 25.5, Choctaw at 25, and Sand Springs at 23.5.  

The semi finals will begin at 7:15.  

Sandite Wrestling wins first Regional Championship in 19 years

Story and photography by: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

By an 18 point margin, the Sand Springs Sandites overcame Broken Arrow at Tiger Field House for their first Regional Championship since 1997. The Dual State Runners-Up finished the East Regional Tournament with 10 State Qualifiers, 13 Regional Placers, and 7 Regional Champions, meaning that despite the Dual State upset by Choctaw, Sand Springs could still bring home gold at the State Tournament.

113 Michael Ritchey (21-15), 120 Blake Sargent (35-9), 126 Daton Fix (43-0), 132 Jack Karstetter (37-7), 138 Beau Bratcher (39-6), 152 Payton Scott (17-4), and 220 Delvin Jordan (17-6) all won their brackets for first place finishes.

106 Riley Weir (20-10) placed third, 160 Zane Basma (31-11) placed second, and 170 Trace Fleischman (9-4) placed third, all qualifying for State.

145 Cody Mathis (18-14) placed 5th, 195 Zach Sims (25-22) placed fifth, and 285 Gage Fain (13-21) placed sixth. Only the top four immediately qualify for State, but should any of the top four be unable to wrestle due to injury or ineligibility, the fifth and sixth place wrestlers may fill the spot. Though it is a rarity, it's still possible that Sand Springs could qualify Mathis, Sims, or Fain should unusual circumstances prevent the qualifiers from traveling to Oklahoma City next weekend.

Check back tomorrow for full individual results and photo galleries!

 

Sand Springs leading Regional Tournament after Day 1 with 8 in finals

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Wrestling season is far from over and despite the upset loss at Dual State, Sand Springs still has a chance for a State Championship in the regular State Tournament. 

The first two rounds took place Friday and the Sandites finished with a slight lead over Broken Arrow. The finals matches won't be wrestled until tonight at 6:00 p.m. and Sand Springs has eight athletes wrestling for first place.

113 Michael Ritchey, 120 Blake Sargent, 126 Daton Fix, 132 Jack Karstetter, 138 Beau Bratcher, 152 Payton Scott, 160 Zane Basma, and 220 Delvin Jordan are all wrestling for first place and are guaranteed State Qualifiers.

106 Riley Weir, 145 Cody Mathis, 170 Trace Fleischman, 195 Zach Sims, and 285 Gage Fain all have a single loss each, but if they can beat their next opponents they'll qualify for State and get to wrestle for third place in the Regional. 

Grand Slam Schuler seals Sandites' ticket to State

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

It was a hell of a day for the Sand Springs Lady Sandite softball team.

After a 25-7 regular season and a 13-1 district record, it came down to Regionals for Charles Page High School and they got to host their own tournament at the Sandite Sporting Complex in Prattville. By all expectations, the only team that should have given the Sandites any trouble was Union, who had beaten them 5-2 early in the season.

It was a complete surprise when they found themselves with a 2-1 loss in the opening game to a team with a losing record. Claremore moved forward, while the top-seeded Sandites fell to the loser’s bracket. It would be an uphill climb from there. They narrowly fended off Ponca City 4-3, whom they had shut-out run-ruled twice earlier in the season. The Sandites had lost their swag.

It would take either a miracle, or more perseverance than most students will ever muster to overcome the odds stacked against them. The Lady Sandites threw the odds out the window.

After Union dealt Claremore a 6-2 loss the day before, the Lady Sandites had to replay the Lady Zebras to move forward. It was a slow start, but the Sandites found their feet in the top of the third.

Goose Salyers, the pitcher, hit a line drive double into the fence and was soon joined by Stella Millican who drew a walk. Sydney Pennington followed Salyers’s lead with a left field double to score Salyers, but Millican was put out on third by Loren Shockley. With two outs, Jessica Schuler stepped up to the plate and sent Pennington home on a single into right field for a 2-0 lead.

The next inning was even more impressive. Jessica Collins and Caley Thompson both hit singles and Kimi Presnell sacrificed herself to advance them to second and third. Then, Madelyn Blair stepped up with a 2RBI double and was eventually brought home on a single by Salyers.

In the final inning Schuler was hit by a pitch and was replaced on first base by courtesy-runner Carsidy Perdue. Kalli Mallory hit a double to advance Perdue to third, and she was eventually scored on a bunt single by Collins for a final score of 6-0.

The Lady Sandites got the win, but they still had a long road ahead of them. Union was undefeated in a double-elimination tournament, and the Sandites would have to beat them twice in a double-header to win the Regional.

Senior Stella Millican started off the scoring for the Sandites, bunting for a single, and was brought home on a sacrifice fly by Schuler. Next up was Collins with a left field double, batted in by Rachel Blair with a bunt single.

In the fifth inning Salyers and Millican were both put out and it came down to Pennington to get Sand Springs back on track. A left field single put her on base and Schuler followed her with a walk. Catcher Kalli Mallory brought home Pennington with a single and the Sandites won 3-0.

Salyers got the win on the mound against Union. 

It was do-or-die in game three. Jessica Shuler and Madelyn Blair elected to “do.”

Schuler and Mallory hit singles and Mallory was replaced by Thompson as a curtesy-runner. Presnell drew a walk to load the bases. With two outs and one strike, Madelyn Blair brought home everyone but herself on a 3RBI Triple into the centerfield fence. Salyers was next up with a double to score Blair and just like that, the Sandites had scored more runs in one inning than they did in the entire first game.

The score remained unchanged until the bottom of the fifth when Pennington hit the first home run of the night over the left field fence. Collins was not far behind her with her own homerun to take things to 6-0.

Union threatened in the top of the sixth as Sammi Dutton hit a single and Lexi Dobson hit a double. After a brief timeout, the Sandites found their motivation and didn’t allow another base hit.

It was clear who the victor would be, but Schuler wanted to put a good measure on Union just to prove to anyone who might doubt that the Sandites are still not a team to mess with. Cameron Clemons hit a single, Salyers hit a single on a full count, and Millican was walked to load the bases. Pennington brought home Clemons on a single for a 7-0 lead and then it was Schuler’s time to shine with a 4RBI Grand Slam to win the game an inning early by run-rule.

Pennington got the start and win on the mound.

From the brink of elimination to the indisputable regional champions, the Lady Sandites improved to a 29-8 record and earned their ticket to the State Championship. This marks their thirteenth regional championship.

 Detailed write-ups on each game, including stats and photos, will be up this weekend. Thanks for reading and be sure to tell your friends and family about www.SanditePride.com!

 

*This article has been corrected to reflect Salyers as the pitcher in the first game against Union and Pennington as the pitcher in game 2.

**This article has been corrected to include a run by Carsidy Perdue in the 7th inning against Claremore for a final score of 6-0.

The Path to State, Part 1: Lady Sandite Softball is upset 2-1 by Claremore at Regionals

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Sand Springs Lady Sandite softball team had a rough start to Regionals Tuesday, losing 2-1 in the first round to Claremore.

Sand Springs Schools gave students an excused absence if their parents called them out to attend the home regionals and it resulted in a packed house. Unfortunately, having a large home crowd wasn’t enough to turn the tide in their favor.

It’s been a long road to State for Sand Springs, going 25-7 overall in the regular season. The girls were undefeated 13-0 in district play up until the final game when they lost 4-0 to Yukon, a team they had beat 7-6 earlier in the season, and lost their district title in the process.

The girls apparently haven’t gotten over that disappointment, as their mojo’s been off ever since. The next game they barely beat Skiatook 4-3 in extra innings, and now in Regionals they lose to Claremore. Both teams have mediocre records and should have been easy wins for a team that won eight games by ten or more points and had five shutouts.

The Sandite offense had a better batting average, slugging average, and on base percentage than the Lady Zebras, but something just wasn’t quite clicking and the runs weren’t coming in. The Zebras scored two runners on only six hits, but Sand Springs had ten base-hits and could only bring one runner home.

Sydney Pennington got the loss on the mound for the Sandites, allowing one earned run and striking out six batters with a .452 strike percentage. Kiley Lawson got the win on the mound with one earned run, three strikeouts, and a .383 strike percentage.

The Lady Sandites started off well in the first inning, allowing only one hit, and putting out two runners on a double play as Pennington scooped up a groundball hit by McKenzie Thomas and sent it to second base to put out Kenzie Johnson, then Kimi Presnell put out Thomas with a fast pass to Jessica Schuler on first. The home team was put to a stop offensively, however, and left Jessica Collins stranded on third.

Claremore was first to light up the scoreboard as Kassidee Flowers was batted in on a left field single by Abbey Mayfield in the third inning. In the bottom of the inning Salyers tried to even things out with a groundball into right field for a single, but was left stranded on the next play.

In the fourth inning Kali Mallory took advantage of an error to take first base but was also left stranded on the next play.

In inning five, the Red Zebras furthered their lead as Holland Rader was hit by a pitch and went on to score on a single by Mayfield.

Cody Cheatham and Presnell were left stranded in the fifth and in the sixth Schuler hit a single and Mallory hit a double just for both to be left hanging as Rachel Blair was put out at first.

It came down to seventh inning. Pennington allowed no hits to start the inning. Presnell and Madelyn Blair both hit singles and Salyers was walked to load the bases. Up walked Pennington to home plate and it looked like the setting for a storybook grand slam to end the game. The first pitch was a ball. The second pitch sounded like thunder as it connected with Pennington’s bat and moments later connected with the fence. Presnell crossed home plate. Blair was fast, but the Zebra defense was faster and she was put out at third to end the game.

The Lady Sandites fell to 25-8 for the season as Claremore broke their losing record and improved to 15-15.

In a stunning upset, the home team found themselves headed to the losers’ bracket. 

Click to Enlarge

Lady Sandites defeat Skiatook 4-3 to end regular season 25-7

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Click here to view the photo gallery from this event.

The Charles Page high school varsity softball team ended the regular season with a 4-3 extra-inning win over Skiatook Thursday evening at the Sandite Sporting Complex.

Senior Goose Salyers got the win on the mound for the Lady Sandites. Taylor Rogers started for the Lady Bulldogs but was replaced by Linzie Hopkins in the bottom of the third.

Skiatook took the lead early in the second inning. Mikayla Shulanberger and Maci Willingham each hit singles, then stole bases on a catching error by Kali Mallory. Sara Griffin brought home Shulanberger on a sacrifice bunt and Chloe Cooper scored Willingham on a bunt single.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Sand Springs scored a pair of runs of their own in the bottom of the third.

Salyers was walked and Jessica Collins hit a single, then the both of them stole bases on an error by Skiatook catcher Morgan Worley. Jessica Schuler was walked to load the bases then Mallory brought home Salyers on a sacrifice fly.

Rachel Blair was next up to the box and hit her second of three doubles for the night to score Collins. Stella Millican was walked next and the bases were loaded once again. That’s when Hopkins was brought in and the inning came to a close with a line drive from Cheatham to Willingham.

Worley, Shulanberger, and Willingham loaded the bases for Skiatook in the fifth inning, but short-stop Kimi Presnell put a stop to the Bulldogs, scooping up a groundball from Guardiola and tagging second base to bring the Sandites in to bat.

Oklahoma State University-commit Sydney Pennington hit a homerun over the left field fence to give the Sandites the 3-2 lead.

The sixth inning went scoreless and it looked like the Sandites would get the win as Worley and Tayler Andersen both got put out on flyballs in the top of the seventh. Then, Shulanberger was walked and stole second while Willingham was at bat. Willingham hit an RBI Triple into the fence and the home team failed to get on base. The game was forced into extra innings.

Salyers struck out Griffin, but Cooper was walked. Mikael Bunn tried to bunt but was put out at first on a pass from Salyers to Schuler. Next up was Taylor Anglen with a line drive into left field. Cooper got caught in a rundown between third base and home plate and was finally tagged out by Pennington.

Finally, in the bottom of the eight, the Sandites found their batting game. Rachel Blair hit a leadoff double into the fence, then Jacie Taber entered the game as a pinch-hitter to hit a double into centerfield. Cameron Clemons was caught out, but Madelyn Blair pinch-hit a double to score her sister and end the game.

Four Sandites had perfect on-base percentages and three had perfect batting averages. Rachel Blair had a game-high seven total bases. Defensively, Schuler led the Sandites with 10 of their 24 putouts and Willingham led the Bulldogs with 6 of their 19 putouts. Both teams allowed a total of 11 base hits.

Skiatook (11-22) still has two games left in the regular season against Bartlesville and Sapulpa. Sand Springs (25-7, 13-1) will be sitting out the Bixby Festival they had originally planned to participate in and will next take on Claremore (13-15) in the first round of Regionals at home on October 8th at noon. They will also host Union and Ponca City.

Lady Sandite Softball splits district with Yukon

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Click here to view the photo gallery from this event.

The Charles Page High School softball team was inches away from securing the district title last Thursday as they traveled to Yukon. The Lady Sandites were undefeated all season in district play and the Yukon Millerettes had only one loss, 7-6 to the Sandites earlier in the season.

Had the Sandites trumped the home team it would have cinched the title. The Millers refused to go quietly, however, and handed the Sandites their first district loss of the season in a 4-0 shutout. This left both teams with a 13-1 record.

Breley Webb got the win on the mound for Yukon, allowing only five base hits. Sydney Pennington got the loss for Sand Springs.

Webb hit an RBI Single in the bottom of the first to score Holman. Hannah Franklin hit an RBI in the fourth inning to score Cheyenne Factor. Franklin secured her spot as the star of the show with a 2RBI Double in the bottom of the sixth.

The Millers needed to win by two runs to secure the number one seed, and they outdid themselves with four as the Sandites lost by a hair.  

Sand Springs will still get to host a regional tournament October 8-9 and will play Claremore on the 8th at noon. Union and Ponca City will also be at the tournament. The Sandites haven’t played Claremore or Ponca this year, but they were defeated 5-2 by Union in the second game of the season.

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Charles Page High School varsity softball team handily defeated the Bixby Lady Spartans Tuesday night 7-2 in their last home district game of the season. Senior Northeastern State University-commit Jessica Schuler was the star of the show, batting .750 for five RBIs and one homerun. Oklahoma State University-commit Syndey Pennington was right behind her batting .750 with a homerun of her own and three total runs.

It was a bit of a slow start for the Lady Sandites, scoring only one run in the first inning on single by Schuler that brought home Jessica Collins. Their defense also ran into some problem early on, as Kat Taylor was walked and Hayley Womack reached base on an error. Both were left stranded, however.

In the third inning Lady Spartan Teri Pogue reached second base on a line drive into centerfield and Taylor was walked once again, but both were stranded after Blair scooped up a groundball and threw out Sierra Skaggs at first.

The Lady Sandites finally took a commanding 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third as Goose Salyers hit a double into the fence, Pennington hit a single down the third baseline, and Schuler scored all three of them—hitting a homerun over the fence.

The Spartans got on the scoreboard for the first time in the fifth inning as Skaggs hit a single on loaded bases, scoring Taylor and Lillie Lavendusky. Stella Millican caught a fly ball from Sierra Kreiling that would have loaded the bases again, and Blair threw out Meredith Iden at first to bring the Spartan’s lone scoring inning to a close.

In the bottom of the fifth, Pennington found the third baseline again—this time for a double. Schuler brought her home on a centerfield single, then was replaced by designated runner Cameron Clemons who would score a few plays later on a single by third baseman Cody Cheatham for a 6-2 lead.

The final score of the game was a homerun over the fence from Pennington in the bottom of the sixth.

Pennington got the win on the mound for the Sandites with only 7 hits and 5 strikeouts, while Iden got the loss for Bixby with 15 hits and 1 strikeout. Schuler also led the game defensively with 10 putouts and 1 assist.

The Lady Sandites are 24-7 overall and 13-1 in district play. Recently, they went 1-1 at the Putnam City Tournament, losing 6-2 to Putnam City and defeating El Reno 10-1. A third game, against Duncan, was rained out.