Baseball players between the ages of 14 to 17 are still being sought for a Pawhuska-area team that is scheduled to compete this summer in the Oklahoma American Legion Baseball program.
Team organizer Floyd Brown said the squad is looking to fill out its roster as soon as possible, since games are being scheduled for July. He encouraged interested players to call him at 918-287-1714.
Brown said the team is recruiting prospects from throughout Osage County. He specifically mentioned a desire to find players in the outlying communities of Shidler, Fairfax, Wynona, Bowring and Burbank.
Duane Dagenais will manage the squad, which is being sponsored by Bartlesville American Legion Post 198, according to Brown.
Although Pawhuska has not fielded an American Legion baseball club in a quite a few years, Brown expressed confidence that there are more than enough players in the area to start up a competitive squad.
"When this new sports complex gets up and running, we think there will be a great deal of interest in a local team," said Brown.
The spokesman for the fledgling Pawhuska squad was referring to plans being advanced that call for the construction of a multi-field facility on county-owned property located at the south end of town.
"We intend to already have a team going by the time it opens up," Brown said.
He added that the American Legion Class AA district in which the team will compete is comprised of squads from Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Louisiana. He said the local club is expected to play games against teams representing each of those states.
During the last two months, county officials have been considering the proposed sports complex, which is reported to have a considerable amount of private monetary support. The plan advanced despite some concerns about its location — which is near the Osage County Fairgrounds and adjacent to the Osage County Jail.
Brown said players who participate in baseball leagues earlier in the summer should still be eligible to join the local American Legion-affiliated club.
"They just need to call me," he added.