Victory over Lady Doggers fourth this season for PHS

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Victory over Lady Doggers fourth this season for PHS

DEWEY — Coach Olivia Chronister and the Pawhuska High School softball team celebrated Kyleigh Rieibel’s birthday Friday with a seventh-inning party.

The Lady Huskies trailed, 2-1, when their final at-bat began against the Dewey Lady Bulldoggers. But, PHS loaded the bases for Riebel and the freshman tied the score with a single. Then, the party really got going, as her Pawhuska teammates unwrapped six more runs en route to an 8-4 triumph and their fourth victory of the season.

Sarah Phillippi lined the first pitch she saw up the middle, putting the Lady Huskies in front, 3-2. On the very next delivery, Sydney Sellers broke the game open by driving a bases-clearing triple into right-center field. Following a walk to Brittney Summers, a double down the left-field line by Mary Jo Upchurch provided Pawhuska with a six-run cushion, at 8-2.

Those extra runs came in handy, as Dewey did not go down quietly in the last half of the seventh. With one out, back-to-back singles kept Dogger hopes alive. The PHS lead was cut to five and then a two-out hit made it a four-run margin.

But, Pawhuska pitcher Breanna Red Eagle caught a pop up to bring the contest to an end. It was the second put-out of the inning for the Lady Huskie hurler, who also recorded an assist. RedEagle struck out two in six innings after relieving starter Lauren Garrett, who had two strikeouts in the first two innings.

The Lady Huskies grabbed a one-run lead in their initial at-bat when Keylee Kirk smacked a lead-off double, was moved forward on a bunt single by Riebel and came home on Phillippi’s RBI single. Dewey tied the score, 1-1, in the bottom of the first and took a 2-1 advantage in the home half of the fifth.

Pawhuska’s seventh-inning rally started with RedEagle drawing a base on balls. Next up, Ashley Henley looped an opposite-field single to right. Star Sweeden then ripped a single to the left side that loaded the bases and set the stage for “birthday girl” Riebel’s infield hit. Courtesy-runner Logan Ratzlaff scored the PHS run that tied the game on Riebel’s safety and pinch-runner Hailey Towell crossed the plate with the go-ahead run on the hit by Phillippi.

Although Pawhuska committed the game’s only error, Kirk had an exceptional at shortstop — fielding six assists and making three put-outs for all the outs in the fourth inning. Phillippi singled three times for the Lady Huskies, who banged out 13 hits compared to a dozen for Dewey. Riebel and Henley added two hits each.

This season, Phillippi leads the team with 19 runs batted-in and Sellers is next, with 13 RBI. (Pawhuska has scored a total of 50 runs.) Kirk tops the squad in batting average at .439. Next is Riebel, who is hitting for a .383 clip, followed by Phillippi (.370) and Sellers (.302). Three players — Sellers, Phillippi and Kirk — have appeared in every Lady Huskie game.

The Lady Bulldoggers are now 3-10 on the year and will host the Dewey Tournament this Thursday through Saturday. Pawhuska (4-13) will play Tuesday at Tonkawa before participating in the Dewey tourney.

When a long-abandoned gas well was removed from beneath the PHS field earlier this summer, it caused some scheduling complications for the Lady Huskies. Finally, though, the Pawhuska girls are going to be able to open their home season next Monday, Sept. 8, with a three-way series that will involve the visiting Lady Doggers from Dewey and the Newkirk Lady Tigers.

PANTHERS RALLY TO WIN

BARNSDALL — Eleven runs were scored by the Barnsdall Lady Panthers last Thursday in their softball victory over the Lady Huskies, who put up four runs while committing a dozen costly errors.

The Lady Panthers notched the game’s initial run in the bottom of the first, but Pawhuska took over the lead with a four-run outburst in the third inning. A one-out walk to Star Sweeden and bunt singles by Keylee Kirk and Kyleigh Riebel loaded the bases for Sarah Phillippi, who lined a single to right field that brought home three.

An infield error (the only one of the contest for Barnsdall) made the score 4-1. But, the home team did not trail for long. Coach Joe Gilbert’s Lady Panthers regained the lead by plating four runs in the bottom of the third — in spite of getting just one hit in their turn at-bat. Fielding errors on three straight batters helped push the hosts ahead, 5-4.

It remained a one-run game until the last of the sixth inning when the Lady Panthers put the victory on ice by scoring a half dozen more times. A Lady Huskie error got the inning going and three more later in the frame further doomed the visitors.

Mariah Hatfield earned her second pitching win over the Lady Huskies in six days by pitching seven strong innings in which she struck out seven, walked two and gave up just five singles. She recorded first-pitch strikes against 20 of the 30 batters she faced.

Kirk had half Pawhuska’s six base hits. Other Lady Huskies who batted their way on were Riebel, Phillippi and Sydney Sellers.

Breanna Redeagle pitched well in defeat, giving up only one earned run in 5 1/3 innings while striking out four walking one and hitting one. Lauren Garrett yielded one hit, walked one and hit one as she recorded the last two outs for the Lady Huskies.

PHS SPLITS AT PERRY

PERRY — Pawhuska freshman Ashley Henley shut out Chisholm on four hits as the Lady Huskies defeated the Lady Longhorns, 8-0, on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Sarah Phillippi ripped a double and drove home three runs and Kyleigh Riebel knocked in two for the PHS girls, who won their third game of the season.

The Lady Huskies were victims of a no hitter in the late game as the host Lady Maroon rolled to a 12-0 triumph. (Perry had topped Chisholm, 10-6, in game one of Tuesday’s three-teamer. Chisholm was unbeaten in six season games before suffering the back-to-back setbacks.)

Pawhuska’s four-hit total in the opener was Hamburger Helpered by the erratic Lady Longhorn hurlers, who issued nine bases on balls and hit two batters. A bases-loaded double by Phillippi put the Lady Huskies ahead, 2-0, in the top of the third inning. Three pitches later, Riebel scored on a passed ball to make it, 3-0. Keylee Kirk walked three times and scored three runs, including one in the fifth when she started the inning by singling and eventually was driven home by Phillippi to put PHS up by four.

The Lady Huskies established the eight-run advantage when they put four on the board in the sixth. Beth Horn scored twice and Riebel, Brianna Redeagle and Star Sweeden each crossed the plate once. Also for Pawhuska, Mary Jo Upchurch smacked a double and Riebel had a single.

Henley, the Lady Huskie hurler, closed out her second win of the year by retiring three straight in the sixth. She struck out two batters and walked four during a 75-pitch effort.

PHS racked up five stolen bases, with Horn swiping two and Riebel, Phillippi and Kirk adding one apiece. Chisholm stole a pair of bases and both squads had one runner thrown out attempting to steal. Five runners were left on base by each team.

In the late matchup, Perry (10-7) scored five runs in the first and piled on seven more runs in the bottom of the third to claim the shutout win. Lady Maroon senior hurler Makayla Patton struck out nine and walked one in recording her five-inning, no-hit gem.

Upchurch, a sophomore, drew a full-count walk with two out in the fifth to break up the perfect game for Pawhuska. The next batter struck out on three pitches to ended the contest. Starting pitcher for the Lady Huskies was Redeagle, a junior, and freshman Lauren Garrett took over in the third.