Even though it seems like we’ve been in summer mode for a long, long time, truth is the first official day of the season is still a week away.
But, the school year has been done now for two or three weeks and we’ve plowed well into the American Legion and BAAB seasons, as well as the Washington County softball and baseball leagues and summer soccer.
The Legion teams — both the Indians and the Braves — appeared to be stocked with talent, although the Braves are a tad young.
On another front, the Dewey passing league is proving why next autumn’s football campaigns in Washington County could produce a lot of smiles.
Although Bartlesville heads into the season without the “big” names of the past two or three seasons, the Bruins appear to be blessed with a lot of blue-collar, well-prepared, determined and focused athletes.
Depending on the production and leadership at quarterback, as well as finding the right fits for a couple of other positions, the Bruins might make some major impact this coming season in 6A-II.
I think the same can be said for Dewey, although it has to depend on some fresh starters to step up production in the fall.
Blast from the past
Following is an excerpt of an E-E article from 2002.
Clean-up slugger Matt Krebbs hit the ball so hard Wednesday it looked like his baseball bat had muscles.
The Pawhuska High School senior slammed a two-run homer, a run-scoring double and scored three runs to power the Huskies to victory in their varsity 2002 diamond debut.
The Huskies crumpled the host Rockets of Prue High, 14-7.
It could have been more lopsided.
“I’m disappointed our effort wasn’t better,” said Pawhuska head coach Blake Flewellen, who is fielding virtually an entire new starting lineup after graduating a horde of seniors off last year’s playoff club. “I was pleased was a couple of our seniors who did a good job.”
Another bright spot was the performance of players fresh off the wrestling team, he added, which included Johnny Deatherage (a single and run in the third inning), Colby Crawford ( a double, two singles, RBI and run), Jackie Buzbee (two-run single in the first inning, a single and run in the third) and Cameron Rumsey (two no-hit pitching innings with four strikeouts).
Flewellen, who led his team to the state championship game in 2000 and state semifinals last year, went all the way into his deep line-up to make sure everyone had a chance to contribute.
Just how inexperienced are these hearty Huskies?
Flewellen graduated 12 seniors off last year’s squad — all starters or top reserves off the bench.
In addition, a potential returnee, who would have been his catcher and one of his best pitchers, moved away to Texas.
Flewellen had new starters at all nine positions Tuesday.
In fact, Rumsey had only one inning of varsity pitching experience prior to Wednesday’s relief appearance.
“Some of these kids haven’t played baseball since the sixth grade,” Flewellen said. “I don’t think I have a starter besides Austin (Ballinger) and Rumsey who have played baseball since they’ve in high school.”
All that considered, Wednesday’s thunderous debut portended some promising potential for these plundering Pawhuskans.
The Huskies hammered out 13 hits — and also received more than a dozen free passes from Prue pitching.
Josh Pearson, who also handled the catching duties, drew four walks and scored twice for Pawhuska.
Ballinger was plunked with the ball once and walked two other times. He scored three tallies.
In addition to his pitching labors, Rumsey also smacked a two-run double in the third inning.
Justin Carr picked up the pitching victory, throwing the first three innings.
He gave up one earned run, walked one and struck out three.
Freshman Sonny Gilland pitched in middle relief, striking out two in two innings. Two unearned runs were scored during his mound stint.
Rumsey finished up the last two innings.