Pawhuska squads shine at OkU baseball tourney

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Pawhuska squads shine at OkU baseball tourney

SOUTH COFFEYVILLE — Pawhuska Huskie baseball teams made an impressive showing at last week’s Oklahoma Union Invitational Tournament.

The seventh- and eighth-grade Huskies obliterated the competition with four straight run-rule victories to claim an undisputed championship in the event’s junior high/middle school division.

Pawhuska High School’s Huskies barely missed reaching the finals of the tourney’s senior division. The Huskie varsity improved to 5-11 this season after posting a 4-2 win over Oaks-Mission and defeating the Bartlesville Bruins junior varsity, 7-2, on Thursday. PHS was knocked out of the tourney by a 15-14 loss to Barnsdall late Saturday afternoon.

A dozen high school teams and 16 junior-high squads participated in the three-day event at the OKU baseball complex. Oklahoma Union won the high school title with a 7-3 triumph over Barnsdall.

The Junior Huskies finished off their title quest by whipping Chelsea, 11-0. Other victims of Pawhuska in the tournament were Oklahoma Union, Quapaw and Chouteau. The local team is coached by Mike Stroud and Monty Brewster.

In their tourney opener at South Coffeyville, the high school Huskies trailed Oaks by a run after the first inning before taking the lead by scoring three times in the second. Scoring runs for the Huskies were Logan Trammel, Braydon Wilson and Jonathan Moody. Colton Hindman had an RBI single, while Moody, Brycen Swan and Caleb Bruce collected the other PHS hits.

Junior lefthander Chanler Collins, the Huskies’ starting pitcher, struck out three and allowed just four hits over five innings. Gage Dagenais took over on the mound to record the final three outs and got two of those via strikeout. Dagenais was the winning hurler versus the Bartlesville JV. On Saturday, coach Brian Edwards’ Huskies fought back after falling behind Barnsdall, 6-0, in the early innings. The struggle ended with PHS on the short end of a 15-14 score.

Pawhuska was to play a double-header Tuesday at Barnsdall against the Panthers and Nowata. On Thursday, the Huskies are scheduled to play a 4 p.m. home game versus Newkirk. The local squad will go to Pawnee next Monday before facing Shidler at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Pawhuska. Later next week, PHS will have a road game at Caney Valley on Thursday, followed by the home finale against Pawnee is set to start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25.

Assignments should be announced next week for the Class 3A Baseball Districts, which are to be played May 1-2. Regional tournament action will follow May 7-9.