For the first time in three seasons, the Pawhuska High School Huskies get to host a district playoffs’ baseball round later this month, according to Class 2A pairings released Friday by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association.
PHS’s opponent in that best-of-three elimination series will be the Pawnee Black Bears — the same team the Huskies are scheduled to play on the home diamond Thursday. First pitch in the regular-season matchup is set for 4:30 p.m.
Three weeks ago, the locals defeated the Black Bears, 16-1, in the Pawhuska Baseball Tournament. The PHS squad won all three of its games in that rain-drenched tourney.
The District 2A-30 series between Pawhuska and Pawnee is expected to start April 27, as the OSSAA requires that the playoff be completed no later than April 29.
Other 2A District pairings include: 6. Colcord at Ketchum; 7. Fairland at Wyandotte; 9. Liberty at Preston; 12. Fairview at Tonkawa; 13. Drumright at Stroud; 17. Choteau-Mazie at Haskell; 19. Rejoice Christian at Caney Valley; 20. Kiefer at Mounds; 29. Yale at Wellston; 31. Afton at Quapaw;, and 32. Oklahoma Union at Commerce.
Winners of the best-of-three-games’ district series will advance to Regional Tournaments set for May 4-6. The losing teams are eliminated from postseason competition.
PHS 10, Ironmen 1
The Huskies posted their ninth victory of the season Thursday by defeating Nowata, 10-1, on the Ironmen’s home field.
Braydon Wilson starred for Pawhuska on the mound, as well as at the plate. The junior righthander pitched a complete-game one-hitter, striking out eight and walking three.
Wilson also collected two hits and drove in a pair of runs, including the Huskies’ first in the opening inning. Caleb Bruce also had two hits and PHS sophomore Randsom Jones belted a two-run triple. Four different Huskies scored twice — leadoff batter Payton McCarty, Bruce, Wilson and Corbin McCarty.
Pawhuska finished with six hits and made only one error.
The Huskies scored twice in the top of the first and Nowata got its only run in the bottom of the inning when a Pawhuska infield error followed a two-out double (the Ironmen’s only hit).
PHS piled on four runs in the second frame, three in the third and one more in the fifth.