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Fernando Saldana sparks Sandites in district soccer opener

Fernando Saldana sparks Sandites in district soccer opener

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Fernando Saldana scored twice and Xander Quiroga had five saves to lift Sand Springs to a 3-2 win over visiting Edmond Memorial in a District 6A-3 soccer opener Friday.

Jack Bratcher also had a goal for the Sandites. Bratcher leads the Sandites with nine goals and Saldana has eight.

The Lady Sandites lost 1-0 to Edmond Memorial in the district opener, snapping a four-match winning streak.

Both teams will visit Union on Friday for a district match. The girls will play at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 8 p.m.

Track and fieldThe Sand Springs boys and girls track teams both placed sixth at the Broken Arrow Track Classic on Saturday.

Joseph Mattison was the star of the show, running the 200-meter dash in 22.18 seconds for third place. He also jumped 20 feet-6 1/2 inches for third place in the long jump.

BaseballSandites baseball went 2-2 last week, capped by a 13-1 run-rule victory against visiting Midwest City. Keaton Campbell went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, two runs, and four RBIs, while Kayden Campbell got the win on the mound with six strikeouts and only one hit.

Sand Springs opened the week with a 7-3 district win March 29 at Broken Arrow. The Sandites recorded 11 hits with four doubles, and got it done on the mound as well. Jabe Schlehuber tossed five strikeouts for the win and Eli Buxton recorded the save. Broken Arrow won the next day’s rematch, 8-7. Sand Springs’ Dom Ornelas hit a three-run homer for the 6-3 lead in the third, but the Tigers rallied with four runs in the fifth.

The Sandites headed to Jenks for a non-district game Friday and lost 2-1 on a walk-off error. Sand Springs ended the week 10-10 overall and 4-4 in District 6A-4 play. They will play at Bixby at 6 p.m. Friday and at noon Saturday at Union.

Slow Pitch SoftballSand Springs (6-5) won a rivalry double-header against Sapulpa in dominant fashion on March 29, beating the Chieftains 28-5 and 23-0, but hit a rough patch later in the week.

Raegan Rector hit two home runs in the first game, scoring three runs and producing six RBIs. Lauren Hammock got the win, only giving up two hits with one strikeout in the three-inning game.

Rector hit a triple in the second game, and scored two runs and had five RBIs. Kaden Barnes pitched the three-inning shutout, allowing one hit with one strikeout and no walks.

On Tuesday, Rector hit two homers with six RBIs in a 21-13 loss to Berryhill. Taylor Skipper also had a homer and went 3-for-3 at the plate. They also fell 20-3 to Broken Arrow despite another homer from Rector.

On Thursday they went 2-3 at the Haskell Tournament, beating Fort Gibson 9-4 and Bristow 9-1, but they fell 17-5 to Haskell, 13-2 to Oktaha and 7-6 to Bixby.

The Sandites will play Jenks and Owasso at 5 p.m. Thursday at Jenks.

WrestlingThe Keystone Kids hosted an OK USA tournament Saturday at Clyde Boyd Middle School and seven Sand Springs wrestlers won their brackets. Colton Lambert, Kason Wolfe, Ethan Norton, and Parker Ingram placed first in freestyle, Jesse Moore won in Greco, and Samuel Moore won his bracket in both styles.


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