It took more than a little rain to keep the Pawhuska Huskies from chasing after their third baseball victory of the high school season.
Playing through a steady drizzle on the home diamond, the Huskies held a three-run lead — 6-3 — over rival Barnsdall when Mother Nature forced a delay of Monday’s game. The PHS squad had won twice Thursday in its season debut at Fairfax and was pre-empted by a power outage in Friday’s scheduled home opener.
"Overall, we’ve got a young team — but we’re still going to be competitive," said the head coach of the Huskies, Brian Edwards.
The return of last year’s top two pitchers — senior Gage Dagenais and junior Caleb Bruce — gives Pawhuska a pair of quality starters. Added to that mix will be lefthanded freshman dynamo Randsom Jones and towering senior righty Hayden Henley.
In Thursday’s twin-bill sweep of Cherokee and Woodland, ace Dagenais shackled the Chiefs over the first four innings as the Huskies were racking up a 9-0 advantage. Dagenais struck out eight batters and walked none while allowing just one earned run. Bruce went to the mound to record the final outs of a PHS win, 13-1.
The Huskies rapped out 11 hits in the opener. They scored three runs in the top of the first inning, once in the second, twice in the third and three times in the fourth. PHS brought the contest to an early conclusion by adding four more tallies at the start of the fifth.
Dagenais helped his pitching cause with three hits — including a two RBI double in the second inning. Brycen Swan scored three times and knocked home two with a double. Also registering two-hit performances versus Cherokee was sophomore Braydon Wilson (who drove in three runs) and freshman Nick Edwards (who knocked home two). Bruce also had a pair of runs batted-in, while PHS senior Taylor Walker walked three times and scored three runs.
Bruce started game two on the hill, before Jones took over in the third inning. They combined for a two-hit shutout over host Woodland.
Henley gave PHS the lead on a first-inning double and finished with three RBIs. A four-run explosion in the fifth pushed the Huskies over the limit in the 7-0 win. In addition to Dagenais, the Pawhuska runs were knocked in by freshmen Price Perrier, Jones and Edwards.
In Monday’s abbreviated contest versus Barnsdall, Huskie runs were sent plateward by Dagenais, Henley, Walker (2) and Swan. Perrier, the Huskies’ catcher, also stole two bases. The visiting Panthers jumped out to a three-run lead in the top of the first before Pawhuska rallied back by scoring four times in the home half of the inning. After Dagenais struck out the side in the second, PHS added two more runs before the game had to be called due to the playing conditions.
Huskie runs were scored by Bruce, Perrier, Jones, Dagenais, Henley and Edwards. Barnsdall got its runs on hits by Colton Auschuitz (who also stole two bases) and RBIs by James Cole and Payton McCarty.
The PHS varsity is scheduled to play Thursday through Saturday in the Caney Valley Tournament at Ramona. Following next week’s Spring Break, the Huskies will return to action with the following schedule:
Monday, March 21 — at Newkirk, 4:30 p.m. V/JV.
Tuesday, March 22 — at Dewey, 4:30 p.m. V/JV.
Thursday, March 24 — at Sperry, 4:30 p.m. V/JV.
Monday, March 28 — HOME vs. Shidler, 4:30 p.m. V/JV.
Thursday thru Saturday, March 31-April 2 — Pawhuska High School Tournament.
The Pawhuska Junior High Baseball Tournament is slated March 24-26.
Jersey numbers for the varsity Huskies’ include: 3 - Hayden Henley; 5 - Gage Dagenais; 6 - Brycen Swan; 7 - Dalton Lough; 9 - William Walls; 10 - Taylor Walker; 11 - Caleb Bruce; 13 - Braydon Wilson; 14 - Gaige Reynolds; 15 - Nick Edwards; 19 - Colton Hindman; 21 - Bre Redeagle; 24 - Price Perrier; 25 - Randsom Jones. Assistant coach for the Huskies is Danny Chronister.