Huskies blast Cougars, 10-2

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Huskies blast Cougars, 10-2

Emerging from Spring Break with a vengeance, the Pawhuska High School Huskies baseball team posted a 10-2 victory over the Woodland Cougars in Monday home game.

Sophomore pitcher Caleb Bruce held Cougars scoreless in the top of the first inning — and three of the next four. Two Woodland batters reached base in the first.

The leadoff batter walked and stole second before being thrown out by PHS catcher Gage Dagenais as he attempted to swipe third. Dagenais’ peg to to third baseman Brycen Swan was well ahead of the runner and Swan chased down the Cougar as he retreated back to second.

Pawhuska scored five times in the bottom of the first. Hayden Javellas was hit by a pitch off his batting helmet, stole second and third base and scored on a line drive single to left field by Bruce.

Chanler Collins walked, stole second, advanced to third on Bruce’s hit and then came home with the second PHS run when Bruce drew a throw on a steal of second. Bruce eventually crossed the plate — as Dagenais and Trey Red Eagle, who both drew bases on balls.

Logan Trammel capped the Huskie rally by ripping a 2-run single into the gap in left-center. With a 5-0 lead, Bruce struck out two in setting Woodland down in order in the second.

Javellas led off Pawhuska’s second inning with an infield single before scoring his second run (following another walk by Collins) on an opposite-field single by Red Eagle. Trammel later picked up his third RBI of the contest and Javellas scored his third run for the hosts. Both of the Woodland runs came on a two-run homer over the left-field fence by Cougar senior Dylan Cox.

Monday’s victory came six days after the Huskies dropped their previous outing, 6-5, in last week’s finale of the rain-delayed Caney Valley Tournament in Ramona. Pawhuska (2-4) was to play at home game again on Tuesday, against the Sperry Pirates.

With Pawhuska’s three-day Junior High Baseball Tournament beginning here Thursday, the varsity Huskies is to have road games at Newkirk on Thursday and Dewey on Friday. Both of those games start at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, coach Brian Edwards’ PHS squad goes to Hominy for a three-team series with the host Bucks and visiting Drumright Tornadoes. First game is 11 a.m.