PHS nine splits pair

Mike Erwin |
Journal Capital
Third-year varsity baseball starter Braydon Wilson raps out a hit for Pawhuska during a recent home game. Wilson is a versatile player who's been an infielder, outfielder, starting pitcher and reliever. The junior recently pitched the first four innings of a no-hitter before senior Colton Hindman took the mound to close it out. Wilson also is a dependable hitter in the Huskie lineup. Plus, he is one tough hombre. During a pitching appearance Friday, Wilson stayed in the game after taking a line-drive smash off his knee. He also is a valued member of PHS's varsity basketball squad.

Jack Buzbee/J-C correspondent

After coming within one out of getting back-to-back road victories over two of its toughest baseball rivals, the Pawhuska Huskies lost a thriller at Dewey, 13-12, on Friday.

A wet home field caused he Huskies to cancel a Monday game with Lincoln Christian, but there should be plenty of action on the local diamond later in the week. The Pawhuska High School Tournament opens Thursday and continues through Saturday. Teams in the tourney include Blackwell, Tonkawa, Shidler, Cleveland, Oklahoma Union and Lincoln Christian.

The host Huskies will carry a 5-4 record into their tourney. Next week, the PHS squad is to participate in the Oklahoma Union Tournament, in addition to having a Friday home game slated with the Sperry Pirates. (First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.)

Thursday, coach Brian Edwards’ Huskies battled back from an 11-1 deficit at Sperry and eventually prevailed, 15-13. PHS belted 13 hits, while committing nine errors. The Pirates collected nine hits and made seven miscues.

Caleb Bruce went 4-for-5 at the plate against Sperry. He had a triple double day — that is, he smacked two-baggers in the first, fourth and fifth innings, while adding a single in the seventh. Bruce drove home the game’s initial run in the first inning and scored its last run in the seventh. He also was the Huskies’ starting pitcher.

An eight-run uprising in the fourth put the Huskies back in the game. Bruce doubled home McCarty in the fifth to tie the score at 12-12, then scored the go-ahead run scored on a wild pitch.