It’s official —the Roadrunners are a Pawhuska home team.
After several other scheduled home games were rained out, the Roadrunners baseball team made its first local appearance Friday at the Pawhuska High School baseball field.
In the second contest of a doubleheader, the 17-and-under Pawhuska squad banged out 11 hits to take a 6-1 triumph over Cleveland. That gained the Roadrunners a split with the visiting Tigers, who held on for a 6-3 win in the opener.
Hayden Henley earned the pitching victory for the Pawhuskans. He gave up just one hit (a leadoff blooped single) in three innings, while striking out four batters and walking none. Logan Trammel finished up on the mound for the Roadrunners, who now have three wins in six season outings.
The team (which is coached by Duane Dagenais and Danny Chronister) will find its schedule heating up in the next few weeks as it heads toward another first-ever appearance — in the Oklahoma American Legion AAA state tournament.
"We’re one of only a few AAA teams in the state," said Floyd Brown, co-manager (with Danny Mooney) of the squad, which is sponsored by Harold Bigheart Smalley American Legion Post 198.
Brown said state officials moved the Pawhuska entry up to the high triple-A level before the season began in order to fill out the year-end bracket.
"They (AL officials) have already told me we should play for the championship," Brown said.
The Roadrunners are still putting together their opening-year schedule, which should be heating up with the weather.
"This is a young team that’s just going to keep getting better and better," said Mooney. "We’re working on building them a field at the new sports complex.
"Hopefully, that’s where we’ll be playing next season."
Assistance is needed to help with construction of the new complex, which will be located at the Osage County Fairgrounds. Tax-deductible financial donations can be mailed to: Osage County Sports Fund, c/o Tulsa Community Foundation, 7030 S. Yale Suite 600, Tulsa, OK 74136.
For more information about the year-old project, interested persons may visit the www.OsageCountySports.com website or call Jerry Mosley at either 918-287-9999 or 918-607-3045, or Beth Reed at 918-607-9861.