Getting a lot of water off the field was the first challenge Brian Edwards overcame so the Pawhuska High School Baseball Tournament could be a success.
Once he accomplished that — and the rain finally quit falling — it was smooth sailing for coach Edwards and the Huskies.
In a dominating tourney performance,the PHS team cruised to three straight run-rule victories — winning by scores of 16-1, 11-1 and 8-0.
“Our pitchers threw well and we were hitting the ball,” Edwards said of his squad, which improved its season record to 8-4. “We just played well all the way around.”
In two contests Thursday, the Pawhuska squad scored 27 runs in eight inings. Huskie batters banged out 15 hits and made the base paths their personal expressways.
PHS started the three-game sweep by taking down the Pawnee Black Bears, 16-1. Sophomore Nick Edwards collected three hits, including a pair of doubles, while freshman Easton Kirk drove in four runs with two hits and scored three times. Another freshman, Cade McNeil, doubled at the plate and also pitched the game’s last two innings. McNeil gave up only one hit, while striking out four and walking one.
Pawhuska rolled over Newkirk, 11-1, in Thursday’s second game, when the local offense was a little slow to bloom. The Tigers took a one-run lead in the top of the third before the Huskies scored three runs in the bottom of the inning. PHS freshman Hunter Reed drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on a single by Payton McCarty and stole home — tying the contest at one run each.
Kirk scored the go-ahead run for PHS on a sacrifice fly by Colton Hindman. Braydon Wilson’s two-out RBI single drove in McCarty with the third. The Huskies scored eight more times in the fourth to earn the run-rule triumph. Hindman finished with a single, a double and two runs batted in.
PHS completed the home tourney torching with an 8-0 Friday shutout of Shidler. Braden Wilson pitched the first four innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out five. He also threw first-pitch strikes to 13 of the 16 batters he faced. Ryan Jones gave up only one hit over the final two frames.
“We were able to save some arms, which is always good,” Edwards said. “It shows we’re adding some depth in our pitching staff.”
The Huskies put the first run on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Colton Hindman drew a leadoff walk, advanced on a wild pitch and groundout and scored on Nick Edwards’ sacrifice fly. PHS plated five in its third fat-bat and added lone tallies in fourth and sixth.
The rested pitchers may come in handy for the Huskies at this week’s Oklahoma Union Tournament. PHS is expected to play its first game Thursday in the three-day tourney on Thursday. All games will be on the OK. U. Cougars’ home diamond located in the South Coffeyville-Wann-Lenapah metroplex.