The Pawhuska Huskies baseball team beat Barnsdall 7-0 in a Monday game defined by dominant PHS pitching.
Pawhuska ace Randsom Jones started the game and set the tone for what the Barnsdall Panthers could expect Monday afternoon — a big goose egg.
Jones was perfect for four innings, facing the minimum 12 batters. He struck out 11. His control was masterful, as he changed speeds and whiffed a normally productive Barnsdall offense. Jones finished the game at first base, where he made the final put out of the afternoon on a ground ball.
Big Gabe Letzkus came on in relief of Jones and promptly hit his first batter, Barnsdall’s Wes Yarber, with a pitch. The Huskies got Gabe off the hook with a smartly turned double play — with Jones stretching out over at first to snag the relay — and Letzkus never really looked back. He turned in three scoreless innings to seal the deal for the Huskies.
“Gabe pitched really well. He’s coming along,” PHS coach Chris Rumsey said. He also had kind words for his starter.
“(Randsom) is a very smart pitcher. He just has a gift for it,” Rumsey said. The coach allowed as how he went ahead and pulled Jones off the mound because Pawhuska has its conference tournament coming up Thursday through Saturday at Woodland (Fairfax). The Huskies’ initial game in the tournament is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday versus Newkirk, Rumsey said.
With the win Monday, Pawhuska improved to 4-6 on the season with three straight wins. PHS defeated Dewey on March 25 by a score of 9-0 in a game where Randsom Jones tossed a one-hitter. Pawhuska then defeated Newkirk on March 26.
The way things worked out Monday, the Jones brothers joined forces to get things going for Pawhuska. Ryan Jones, who is Randsom’s brother, scored the first Pawhuska run in the bottom of the opening inning, coming home on a grounder to second by Easton Kirk. Ryan Jones began his circuit around the bases with a single to right, took second in spite of a good throw, and took third on a ball that got away from the Barnsdall catcher.
Coach Rumsey said the Huskies’ recent success is a big relief to him.
“It’s frustrating when you know what kind of talent you have,” he said.