Pawhuska’s baseball Huskies smacked Blackwell, 15-0, in a run-ruled Senior Day game Thursday that lasted just three innings. Pawhuska scored three runs in the bottom of the first, 10 more in the second and the final two in the bottom of the third.
It was a windblown, somewhat cold afternoon and at least some of the PHS players were wearing extra layers of clothing to stay warm. Pawhuska’s ace and only senior player, Randsom Jones, got the start and went three scoreless innings for the win. He is a four-year participant in Pawhuska’s high school baseball program.
Jones entered the contest with sparkling numbers for the season. He had started six games, pitched 29 innings, faced 109 batters, struck out 66, walked just 7 and given up exactly two earned runs. His earned run average was a microscopic 0.472.
In three innings Thursday, his control seemed a bit off — he walked a runner in the first inning, another in the second and nearly walked a batter in the third. It wasn’t clear if the wind might have been throwing him off a bit; however, an overmatched Blackwell team didn’t score. Perhaps Jones’ most spectacular contribution to fan enjoyment of the game Thursday had nothing to do with his pitching, though.
As a baserunner in the bottom of the second inning, Jones got caught in a rundown between first and second bases. He didn’t get flustered about it, though, and he led Blackwell defenders on an extended back-and-forth chase before finally escaping back to first base, untagged.
Thursday was also another productive day on the diamond for infielder Easton Kirk, who has been a key contributor to the Huskies’ offense this season. Kirk entered the Blackwell game hitting .429, with two homers and 12 RBI. His on-base percentage was .583 and he had scored 15 runs. He continued his steady production, going 3-3 against Blackwell. He had a triple to the left field corner in the first, followed by a double on which he took third because of defensive problems and then a single.
The win over Blackwell raised Pawhuska’s season record to 8-7. The Huskies won on the road Friday against Dewey, 8-6, but dropped a Monday road game to Sperry, 7-2, leaving their season record at 9-8 as they headed into a Tuesday road game against Nowata.
The Huskies are to be on the road this weekend in the Salina Tournament and have received their assignment for the district tournament on April 25. PHS will play at Morrison.
Pawhuska Coach Chris Rumsey said Kirk, a junior, has brought hustle and vocal encouragement to the team this season.
“No matter what the score is, he’s always hustling, always trying to beat out a throw to first,” Rumsey said.