Lady Huskies draw Ponies

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Pawhuska softball coach Olivia Chronister seems more than satisfied about the Lady Huskies drawing Kellyville as their Class 3A District opponent.

“I think it will be perfect for us,” said Chronister, whose PHS squad have been close in nearly every game its played this season. “We should match up well against them.”

The coach added that former local principal Rod Pitts is now at Kellyville. (His daughter, she added, is the Lady Huskies’ scorekeeper.)

Pawhuska will travel 50 miles south to the Lady Ponies’ home corral for its best-of-three district series. The matchup is expected to start with a pair of games on Thursday, Sept. 25, and must be concluded by Sept. 27. District-winning teams advance to Regional competitions Oct. 2-3 in hopes of reaching the 3A state tournament set for Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 9-11.

Road games should be no problem for the Lady Huskies, who played just their fourth home game of the season Monday in an unscheduled contest with the Barnsdall. Coach Joe Gilbert’s Lady Panthers slipped away with a 10-4 triumph.

Pawhuska is now 5-21 for the season, although many of the Lady Huskie losses have been by three runs or less. PHS was to play Tuesday at Tonkawa before hosting Perry in a 5 p.m. Friday game. A Saturday game in Tulsa against Lincoln Christian is to be followed by a Monday three-teamer at Pawnee (including Cushing). A final home game Tuesday (versus Sperry, with 4:30 p.m. start) will wrap up the PHS regular season,

Against Barnsdall, freshman Ashley Henley had a perfect day at bat for the Lady Huskies with three hits in three plate appearances. She singled in the fifth inning and smacked doubles in both the second and seventh.

Breanna RedEagle continued to shine in losing efforts as the PHS pitcher. The crafty junior allowed one earned run over 4 1/3 innings and gave up six hits, while walking three and striking out two.

The Lady Panthers took a four-run lead in the second inning on two doubles and an RBI single. Pawhuska got one run back in the home half of the second when Henley doubled home Tanaya Thomas, who had smashed a triple earlier in the inning.

Trailing 9-1, the Lady Huskies added a pair of tallies in the fifth off an RBI single by Kyleigh Riebel and a groundout by Sarah Phillippi. Pawhuska pushed across one final run in the seventh. Keylee Kirk picked up a pair of hits for the Lady Huskies.

Five girls had multiple-hit games for Barnsdall. Three for No. 4 and two each for Nos. 7, 14, 9 and 21.

Last Thursday, for the second time in a week, the Lady Huskies battled Caney Valley until the final pitch before the Lady Trojans claimed a one-run victory (6-5).

Caney Valley’s shortstop snagged a high, floating liner for the final out just as the tying run was about to cross the plate for the Lady Huskies. The catch thwarted a seventh-inning rally for Pawhuska girls, who left the bases loaded after scoring twice to pull within a run of the Lady Trojans.

The Lady Huskies grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Sydney Sellers lined a two-out double to center that drove in Sarah Phillippi, who had reached on an error. Caney Valley took over the lead by plating three runs in the third inning.

Pawhuska added a pair of runs that evened the contest in the fifth. A single by Tanaya Thomas (her second of the game) started the inning and, after Keylee Kirk was hit by a pitch, Keileigh Riebel doubled home Thomas. Phillippi followed with a single before Kirk scored the tying run on a Star Sweeden ground out.

The Lady Trojans regained the advantage, 5-3, by getting a pair of sixth-inning tallies. A bonus run that the visitors tagged on in the seventh wound up being the game-winner.

Singles by Riebel and Phillippi got the Lady Huskie rolling in the seventh. Sellers then lined a 2-run single to center that made it a 6-5 contest. One out later, a hit by Breanna RedEagle moved Sellers to third with the tying run. A strikeout followed and a walk to Ashley Henley loaded the bases before the final out — which snatched another PHS defeat from the jaws of victory.

RedEagle was strapped with Pawhuska’s pitching loss despite yielding only three earned runs, while striking out two and walking one.

The loss put the Lady Huskies’ record 5-20 while Caney Valley improved to 7-11 with the win. It marked the fourth and (probably) final meeting of the year between the two squads. Pawhuska had claimed its first triumph of the season with a 17-3 triumph at Ramona.

Before beating the Lady Huskies on the PHS field, the Lady Trojans had also won tournament meetings at Barnsdall and Dewey.

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Lady Huskies lost a 9-1 road decision to the Cleveland Lady Tigers. Pawhuska held a 1-0 lead midway through the contest before the Lady Tigers roared back behind a 16-hit attack and claimed a 9-1 victory.

PHS freshman Kyleigh Riebel went 3-for-3 at the plate. Her singles in the first, third and sixth innings accounted for half of the Lady Huskie hit total.

Logan Ratzlaff had two hits and scored Pawhuska’s lone run in the third inning. After bunting her way on base, Ratzlaff advanced to second on a groundout, took third on a Riebel hit and was delivered home by Sarah Phillippi — who knocked a two-out single up the middle.

The Cleveland girls moved ahead by one with a two-run double in the home half of the fourth. In the fifth, the Lady Tigers extended their lead to 5-1 and they added four more runs in the sixth.

Lady Huskie starter Breanna RedEagle gave up nine hits over five innings, but only allowed two earned runs. She walked two batters and struck out none. Lauren Garrett finished the game as the PHS pitcher.

While the Lady Tigers were flawless in the field, the Pawhuska team committed three costly errors .

Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Cleveland

Pawhuska: 0 0 1 0 0 0 — 1 run on 6 hits with 3 errors

Cleveland : 0 0 0 2 3 4 — 9 runs on 16 hits and 0 errors