Few complaints were heard coming out of Lady Huskieland following Friday’s release of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association’s District pairings for fastpich softball.
Pawhuska High School’s Lady Huskies will play the Caney Valley Lady Trojans in Class 2A’s District 18 Tournament. The best-of-three-game tournament series is scheduled Sept. 29-30.
After getting consecutive home victories Tuesday and Friday (with a rained-out road game falling in between), the Lady Huskies literally threw away the chance of beating their Osage County rivals, the Barnsdall Panthers, in Monday’s regular-season home finale.
“We always seem to do just enough,” Pawhuska High School head softball coach Brian Edwards said. “Sometimes, it’s just enough to win.”
In the “Senior Night” contest, the Lady Huskies came up one run short, 3-2, against the Class A Lady Panthers. The loss dropped the PHS team’s record to 9-12. (Caney Valley, meanwhile, notched a 9-7 home win against Welch on Monday and improved to 10-12 overall.)
For the second time in a month, Pawhuska pitcher Ashley Henley lost a low-scoring decision to Barnsdall’s veteran hurler, Mariah Hatfield. The Lady Panther senior limited the Huskies to just one hit when she claimed a 1-0 victory at Barnsdall on Aug. 22. Hatfield scored the only run of the contest, as well.
In their latest meeting, the Lady Huskies outhit the visitors, six to five, although the final outcome was much the same as before. Barnsdall put single runs on the board in the second and third inning before PHS cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third. Darienne Frye beat out an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a single by Tatyana Curry and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Kyleigh Riebel.
Pawhuska tied the game at 2-2 by adding another run in the fifth. An infield single put Alyssa Reynolds aboard and the freshman worked her way around to third by stealing second and then advancing on a wild pitch. With two outs, Curry smacked an 0-2 pitch to the wall in left-center field for an RBI triple that tied the game, 2-2.
Hatfield’s one-out single in the sixth ended up providing the go-ahead run when she stole second, moved to third on an overthrow and scored on a second errant toss.
With 10 days remaining in the high school regular season, coach Brian Edwards’ Lady Huskies are to open play Thursday in the Oklahoma Union Tournament. Pawhuska is scheduled for games at 1:30 p.m., 2:45 and 5:30 p.m. — against Nowata, South Coffeyville and Victory Christian. The tourney continues through Saturday.