The foe is going to be familiar, but the field will have changed, when Pawhuska Huskies host the Lincoln Christian Bulldogs for a Class 3A high school baseball district series Thursday.
First game in the districts is set to begin at 2 p.m. at the PHS field on 15th Street. Winner of the best-of-three-games series will advance to a regional tournament.
The Huskies improved their 2013 mark to 15-10 on the year Monday by rallying for a 7-6 home triumph over the red-hot Oklahoma Union Cougars.
A final regular-season game that Pawhuska was scheduled to play Tuesday at Newkirk was cancelled. It represented the third rainout in less than a week for PHS.
Lincoln Christian had a 9-13 record prior to Tuesday, when it had a final home contest slated against Oklahoma Union.
Although the Bulldogs and Huskies have faced each other numerous times on the gridiron in recent years, there have been relatively few encounters on the diamond.
The only baseball matchup listed between the two schools in the past five years was the game earlier this season in the Bulldogs Baseball Tournament at Lincoln Christian. In that March 16 contest, the Huskies held the lead before falling to the Tulsa private school, 8-4.
Defensive lapses played a big factor in the loss to Lincoln Christian (as they have in most of the PHS defeats). But, that was then and there.
The upcoming district showdown will take place in Pawhuska and continuation of the baseball season will be at stake.
"We’re a much better-fielding team than we’ve shown at times this year," Huskie head coach Brian Edwards said. "If we play up to that potential, we should be in for a good run, because we’ve been hitting the ball a lot better."
PHS 7, Oklahoma Union 6
In what turned out to be the regular-season finale Monday, the Huskies posted a 7-6 home triumph over the Oklahoma Union Cougars.
The come-from-behind victory — on "PHS Senior Night" — snapped a six-game Cougar win streak and avenged a Pawhuska loss two weeks ago in the semifinals of the Cougars Baseball Invitational.
The specially-designated contest had a fitting end when PHS senior Eddie Oyster slid home with the with the winning run. Kendall Oller, a junior, was the winning pitcher in relief for the Huskies.
Other seniors on the Pawhuska roster this season included starting players Trent Hollister, Dallas McCarty and Zak Wilson, as well as Cade Redeagle, Ladd Free and Kyle Moore.
By rallying back from an early 3-0 deficit to claim the Monday victory over Oklahoma Union, the Huskies matched a feat the Cougars accomplished two weeks ago in the semifinals of their tournament at South Coffeyville.
Pawhuska held a 3-0 advantage in the previous contest before Huskie errors allowed Oklahoma Union to score all of its runs and claim a 5-4 decision. Oller was in command on the mound when the defensive collapse occurred.
Following their loss Monday, the Cougars still sported an impressive 17-6 record. Oklahoma Union is scheduled to host the Hominy Bucks (12-8) for its Class 2A district matchup. The best-of-three series in South Coffeyville also is to get under way Thursday.
Other game recaps
In the PHS game played April 15 at Shidler, the Huskies won their first Monday game of the season (after four losses) with an 8-6 victory over Osage County’s formidable small-class Tigers.
In that road game, junior hurler Kylar Moody pitched the last 1 2/3 innings for the Huskies, taking over on the mound and holding on to the lead for winning starter Zak Wilson.
Shidler (with a 16-5 mark) was slated to host a three-team Class B District playoff with Prue and Bluejacket.
Another previously unreported PHS contest was an April 9 contest with Newkirk in which the Huskies fell behind those visiting Tigers, 3-0, in a troubled opening inning.
Pawhuska took the lead with a five-run explosion in the third enroute to a 5-4 home triumph. The big offensive inning started with a two-out double by Kendall Oller and included singles off the bats of Trent Hollister, Zalin Edwards, Dallas McCarty and Tyler Culver.
Edwards survived the first to pitch five strong innings as the starter. Closing out the victory on the hill was Culver.