Huskies draw Tulsa Metro

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Huskies draw Tulsa Metro

The Pawhuska Huskies could have drawn tougher opponents than the Tulsa Metro Christian for their Class 3A district baseball series next week — but only a few, as the private-school Patriots are No. 5 in the latest rankings of Oklahoma 3A’s 61 high school teams.

At 15-3, Metro’s season record is the reverse image of the Huskies’ current mark following a Monday night doubleheader loss at Ramona in which Pawhuska managed just one run and one base hit over nine innings versus the Barnsdall Panthers and Caney Valley Trojans, who scored 24 times on the locals.

Injury was added to insult in the finale when PHS freshman starter Braydon Wilson was hit on the hand with a fastball delivered by the Caney Valley hurler. The (hopefully) temporary loss of the steady second baseman from the local lineup required four Pawhuska players to switch positions — which created additional defensive problems for the Huskies and hastened their demise in a 13-0 defeat.

Before travelling to Tulsa for the best-of-three game district series next Friday (May 1), Pawhuska was to play at home versus Shidler on Tuesday before returning to Ramona for a 4:30 p.m. matchup Thursday with the Trojans. Pawnee is the scheduled foe for final regular-season contest in Pawhuska at 10 a.m. this Saturday.

The season-long excellent pitching of junior righthander Gage Dagenais kept PHS in contention to the final out in last Thursday’s home loss, 5-1, to the Newkirk Tigers. The Huskies brought the tying run to the plate after loading the bases in the seventh before a strikeout ended the game.

Last season, Metro Christian finished 29-7 after making it to the Class 4A state baseball tournament. Defending 3A champion Verdigris is currently ranked No. 1, while Sperry in No. 6.