Just a few hours after Saturday’s strongest earthquake in Oklahoma history, the Pawhuska Lady Huskies’ softball team took the field in Fairfax, just a few miles from the quake’s epicenter.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Huskies created their own seismic activity when they knocked out 20 hits to win a 19-12 home slugfest with the Oklahoma Union Lady Cougars.
The PHS girls won Saturday’s opener in their doubleheader with Woodland, 6-5, as freshman Tatyana Curry went three for three, scored twice and drove in a run. Curry tripled in the fourth inning and rapped singles in the third and sixth innings. Kyleigh Riebel and Kiki Taylor added two hits apiece as the Lady Huskies rallied from behind three times before claiming the one-run triumph.
Sierra Sellers knocked in Taylor with the Lady Huskies’ winning run in seventh inning.Woodland had taken a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second before Pawhuska went ahead by scoring twice in the third and fourth innings. In the third, a Curry led off with a lsingle by Curry and scored on a triple by Riebel. With one out, Sydney Sellers singled home Riebel.
Frye got things started with a one-out single in the fourth. She scored when curry lined a triple to right field and Curry scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball. The Lady Cougars regained the advantage, 5-4, with two runs in the fourth, but PHS battled back to tie the game in the fifth. Ashley Henley reached second on an error and courtesy runner Jordan Kitchel was sent home on Alyssa Reynolds’ two-out single to center.
Pawhuska failed to break tie in sixth despite a single by Curry followed by a Reibel two-bagger. In seventh, Taylor led off with single, stole second, moved to third on a Reynolds’ sacrifice and scored the game-winner on Sierra Sellers’ single through the left side.
Henley pitched well down the stretch as she retired nine of the last 10 Lady Cougar batters. After giving up a two-out double in the seventh that put the tying run at second base, the PHS junior recorded a strikeout to end the game. Henley scattered 10 hits, struck out four and walked one.
Woodland won the second game of the twin bill, 8-4, as the Lady Cougars outhit the visiting Huskies, 14 to eight.
Curry picked up two more hits. She started the game with a single before stealing second and scoring on a groundout, with Sydney Sellers getting the RBI. The hosts wasted little time evening the score with a double and single in the bottom of the first.
Woodland put up five runs in the second inning off a walk, a two-run homer and five singles. Pawhuska continued to make a game of it, though, plating three runs in the top of the third to pull back within two, at 6-4. Curry doubled and was driven home by Riebel, who was then knocked in by Mary Jo Upchurch. An RBI single by Henley concluded the rally. The Cougars added single runs in the third and fourth to insure the victory and gain the split.
Reynolds, a freshman, had two Lady Huskie hits and Riebel stroked a double. Stealing bases for PHS were Taylor, Curry and Reynolds.
The loss dropped Pawhuska to 8-14 for the year while Woodland, a Class A squad, improved to 8-9.
Pawhuska was to host Mannford and Newkirk on Tuesday and will play Thursday at Oklahoma Union. The Lady Huskies have split two previous games with the Lady Cougars.
On Monday, Sept. 12, Barnsdall will visit Pawhuska for the Lady Huskies’ 2016 home finale. Another trip to South Coffeyville awaits the local team next week as the PHS girls are entered in the Oklahoma Union Tournament on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15-16.
Pawhuska’s junior high fastpitch squad is to open play in Oklahoma Union’s Jr. High Tournament this week. The younger Lady Huskies are facing three games Friday at South Coffeyville — versus Copan at 11:15 a.m., followed by a 1:45 p.m. contest against Welch and 4:15 p.m.showdown with Salina. All three will be on the east field at OKU, where the tourney is to continue Saturday.
The bats definitely were a major factor Tuesday in Pawhuska when the Lady Huskies and Oklahoma Union combined to score 31 runs. PHS and the visiting Lady Cougars were equally inept in the field as they produced 14 errors — six for the Lady Huskies and eight for OK U. When the dust settled, it was the Huskie hostesses who were holding the victory.
Of the 29 hits in the contest, 15 were for extra bases. The power-swinging Pawhuskans smacked 10 doubles and a triple.
PHS junior Ashley Henley — in addition to being the game’s winning pitcher — knocked in eight runs with a single, double and triple. (She was hit by a pitch in her other at-bat.)
Sierra Sellers collected three two-baggers and Alyssa Reynolds doubled twice. The other Lady Huskie doubles were by Kiki Taylor, Dee Frye, Sydney Sellers and Mary Jo Upchurch.
Pawhuska scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the second. The visitors came back to cut the lead to one run before the Lady Huskies scored seven times in the fourth to take a seemingly-insurmountable 13-5 advantage. However, Oklahoma Union added five runs in the fifth to cut the deficit to three, 13-10.
Although the Lady Huskies put another run up in the bottom of the fifth, the Cougars tagged two more on the board in the sixth, which reduced the margin to two — 14-12. The PHS team eased the strain by scoring five in the home half of the sixth, as Taylor and Sydney Sellers ripped run-producing doubles. Sierra Sellers collected three RBI, second best to Henley for the day.
From the circle, Henley struck out six, walked two and hit a batter (opposing hurler Lundy) while giving up just three earned runs. Henley threw a herculean 103 pitches en route to her fifth season victory, while Lundy delivered 113 in her six innings of work — which was one fewer than winner Henley.
Six of Pawhuska’s runs were earned. The Lady Huskies left nine runners on base and the Lady Cougars stranded two. Upchurch scored four times, while Riebel, Sydney Sellers and Jordan Kitchel (the courtesy runner for Henley) all crossed the plate three times.
The Lady Huskies never gave up the lead following a three-run triple by Henley in first. Her triple came with two outs and drove in Riebel and Sydney Sellers, who had both reached on singles.