Lady Huskies at Kellyville for 3A District softball test

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Lady Huskies at Kellyville for 3A District softball test

Pawhuska High School’s Lady Huskies softball team will travel to Kellyville for its Class 3A District playoff series Thursday.

Opening game is to start at 3 p.m. in the best-of-three series with the host Lady Ponies. Game two will begin around 5 p.m. A decisive third contest, if needed, would be played Friday afternoon.

Pawhuska’s season record was 6-26 going into Tuesday’s home finale against the Sperry Lady Pirates. Coach Olivia Chronister’s squad had lost five straight prior to the Sperry matchup.

“Senior Night” was being observed at the local field Tuesday. This year’s Lady Huskie team includes two seniors — Sadie Sellers and Tanaya Thomas. Both are four-year members of the PHS varsity.

Pawhuska opened the last week of its regular season with a 7-3 win Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Tonkawa. Keylee Kirk and Darienn Frye both had three hits and Sarah Phillippi added two as the Lady Huskies collected a total of 11.

Nine stolen bases propelled the locals as Kirk, Sydney Sellers and Star Sweeden stole two apiece and Phillippi, Kyleigh Riebel and Frye swiped one each.

Ashley Henley was the PHS starting pitcher. She left after three innings with the Lady Huskies trailing by a score of 3-1. Breanna RedEagle collected the win by scattering three hits and giving up no earned runs over the final four frames while striking out four.

The Lady Huskies drew within a run by scoring one in the fifth. They took the lead, 5-3, with a three-run sixth. RedEagle and Frye both ripped RBI doubles during the inning.

Pawhuska added two more runs in the seventh, when Phillippi and Sweeden both hit safely.

Kellyville will be bringing a 7-17 record into the district series. The Lady Ponies wrapped up their regular slate Monday with a 12-2 home loss to Class 2A foe Mounds.

While dropping four of its last five games, Kellyville managed just four runs, total, in the four defeats. The district hosts’ last victory was by a 17-9 score versus another 3A squad, Eufaula. The Huskies and Ponies have had no common opponents.

Leading hitters for Pawhuska have been leadoff batter Kirk, the junior shortstop; freshman outfielder Riebel; junior centerfielder Phillippi, the RBI leader; freshman catcher Sweeden and sophomore third baseman Sellers.

RedEagle, a junior, has pitched nearly 100 innings for the Lady Huskies this year. Freshman Henley is next, with around 50 innings worked.