Softball squad heads to Dewey Tourney

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Softball squad heads to Dewey Tourney

The Pawhuska Lady Huskies were hoping to put the high school softball season back on the high road in a Tuesday afternoon contest with the Barnsdall Lady Panthers.

PHS headed into that contest with an 8-4 season mark following a tough road loss Monday and a string of rainout last weekend. The Lady Huskies were to play Thursday through Saturday in the Dewey Tournament. (First game on Thursday was tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m.)

On Monday, opposing pitcher Brittany Beaudet turned out the lights out on Lady Huskie batters at Morris. The Lady Eagles’ hurler threw a no-hitter — striking out five and walking two in a five-inning contest that ended with an 8-0 score.

Weekend’s rains forced cancellation of the Kellyville Festival on Friday and washed out Saturday’s final round of the Barnsdall Tournament.

Pawhuska’s girls hit well in all three of their tourney games last Thursday in Barnsdall. The Lady Huskies won the middle contest behind a two-hit shutout by sophomore Ashley Henley. PHS could not quite overcome a dozen fielding errors in a pair of one-run losses, however.

In its initial outing, the Lady Huskies took the lead five different times before falling, 8-7, to the Owasso JV team. The Lady Rams scored four in the bottom of the ninth inning to snatch the win.In their third contest of the day, the local girls overcame an early seven-run deficit to tied Caney Valley before the Lady Trojans regained the advantage and held on for a 9-8 win.

After Caney Valley put seven on the board in the first, Pawhuska battled back to tie the game by picking up two runs in the bottom of the first and putting five more on the board in the third. Lady Huskie Breanna Redeagle pitched well in defeat and also went three-for-three with the bat (including a triple) while knocking in two runs.

Earlier, Henley struck out four and walked none in her 6-0 shutout of Hominy. She also contributed two of the 12 Lady Huskie hits, with a single and an RBI double . Hominy pitcher Cailey Edwards fanned nine and walked none while staying locked in a 1-0 dual until the fifth.

Last Tuesday, Aug. 18, the Lady Huskies defeated Tonkawa’s Lady Buccaneers, 8-3, in their first home game of the year. Tonkawa jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first inning before PHS scored a run in the second on a double by Henley and a single by Britney Summers.

Pawhuska plated two in the third to take over the lead. A bunt single by Keylee Kirk opened the inning. Another bunt hit by Sarah Phillippi brought Kirk around to tie the contest and Phillippi put PHS in front when she scored on a single by Sydney Sellers.

After the Lady Bucs re-tied it with a tally in the top of the fifth, the local squad answered with two runs in the home half of the inning to go back in front, 5-3. A leadoff bunt (this time by Kyleigh Riebel) again got the Lady Huskies started. Phillippi then singled home Riebel before PHS loaded the bases on back-to-back hits by the Sellers sisters — Sydney and Sierra. Henley blasted a triple to centerfield to knock in the other Pawhuska runs.