Huskies fall to Shidler

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

The Pawhuska High School Huskies will play the Caney Valley Trojans at Ramona for their Class 2A playoff district baseball series, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Association announced Friday.

Coach Brian Edwards’ squad is 11-10, but three of its losses have come against Caney Valley.

The Trojans (18-4) are ranked No. 11 in 2A. Their three wins over the Huskies include an early season 12-3 victory in the Caney Valley Tournament, a 19-1 throttling earlier this month and — weekend before last — an 8-0 triumph in the championship game of the Oklahoma Union tourney.

Assignments are to be announced Monday, May 2, for 2A regional baseball tournaments, which will be held May 5-7.

A spectacular mound performance by Caleb Bruce was not quite enough to bring the Pawhuska High School Huskies a baseball victory at Shidler on Friday.

For a second straight year, the Huskies could neither beg, barter nor steal a run at Shidler — losing, 1-0, to their Class B Osage County neighbors.

Bruce struck out a dozen Tigers while walking just one batter. His junior righthander’s mound efficiency was shown by the fact that he threw only 90 pitches over six innings and yielded only three hits. Shidler senior righty Cooper Holland was equally impressive as he fashioned the shutout while giving up four hits, fanning 10 batters and walking five.

The Huskies loaded the bases but failed to score in the second and third innings. Shidler scored an unearned run in the fourth after junior Dylan Nash led off the inning by reaching base on a dropped fly ball and came home on a double by senior Tanner Reed.

Pawhuska got singles from freshmen Randsom Jones and Nick Edwards, and sophomore Braydon Wilson. The visitors stranded eight baserunners in the contest. In the seventh, the Huskies had two runners aboard when a line-drive double play ended the game. PHS freshman catcher Price Perrier threw out Tiger runners attempting to steal in the second a sixth innings.

After being rained out Monday, the Huskies were slated to host Newkirk on Tuesday. On Saturday, PHS is slated for a 10 a.m. home contest with Pawnee. The regular-season finale is set in Pawhuska on Monday — a 4:30 p.m. game against Tonkawa.

The Huskies late-season hopes have been severely damaged by the loss of senior standout Gage Dagenais, who broke his collarbone in a non-baseball injury a week ago. Dagenais’ loss deprives PHS of one of its top hitters and pitchers, and a starter at shortstop and/or catcher.

“He’s one of our top guys and we don’t have anyone who can even come close to replacing him,” said Edwards of Dagenais.

Next Monday, Shidler (13-9) is to host Copan and South Coffeyville for the Class B District 24 Tournament.