PHS Alumni Softball Game starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

With opening day of the Oklahoma high school fastpitch season right around the corner, Lady Huskie players from the past will meet this year’s PHS varsity and junior high squads Saturday in the Pawhuska Alumni Softball Game and Hit-a-Thon.

The popular annual event is slated for a 6 p.m. start at the softball field on McKenzie Road. Pawhuska’s junior high softball players are to join the Lady Huskie varsity members for the Hit-a-Thon.

Coach Brian Edwards’ Lady Huskies will open the PHS regular season Monday, Aug. 8, at Newkirk. As its part of a three-team matchup, Pawhuska will meet the host Lady Tigers at 3:30 p.m. and Alva Lady Goldbugs around 5:30 p.m.

A pre-season scrimmage scheduled for Monday in Cleveland was cancelled. The Lady Huskies were to scrimmage the Lincoln Christian’s Lady Bulldogs on the PHS field Tuesday. Starting time of the Tuesday scrimmage had been changed to the afternoon.

REVISED FIRST SCRIMMAGE

To replace the cancelled scrimmage at Cleveland, the PHS softball squad went to Warner for the First-ever Warner-Vian Shootout. The Lady Huskies wound up playing back-to-back Monday games at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

In their late morning opener, the Pawhuska girls came out on top against Tahlequah’s ECHO team. The game was contested from the first pitch to the last out, with the Lady Huskies prevailing, 7-5.

Lauren Garrett had three hits in three at-bats for PHS. The junior rapped singles in the first and fourth innnings and a double in the third. Kyleigh Riebel and Darienne Frye added two hits apiece for the Lady Huskies, who finished with nine total.

ECHO grabbed a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first, but Pawhuska responded by scoring five times in the bottom half of the inning. Riebel, a junior, was hit by a pitch, stole second and went to third on a single by senior Mary Jo Upchurch. Riebel stole home for the Lady Huskies first run. Following walks to Kiki Taylor and Ashley Henley, Upchurch also stole home. RBI singles by Frye and Garrett drove in Taylor and Henley, respectively. Freshman Alyssa Reynolds walked, which forced home Frye with the fifth PHS run.

Tahlequah tied the contest at 5-5 with a three-run explosion in the top of the third — which was started with a leadoff home run. However, Riebel gave the Lady Huskies the lead for good with an RBI single in the bottom of the third. Riebel’s hit drove in Garrett, who had doubled earlier in the inning. Pawhuska tacked on an insurance run in the fourth. Frye doubled, moved to third on a single by junior Jordan Kitchel and stole home.

Henley pitched the five-inning distance for the Lady Huskies. The junior righthander gave up six hits, walked three and struck out two. Although PHS committed just one error in the contest, only two of ECHO’s five runs were earned. Pawhuska left nine runners on base, while Tahlequah stranded just two.

In their second game at the shootout, the PHS girls lost to Wister, 3-0. Wister’s pitcher hurled a two hitter, giving up a double to Riebel (who was thrown out attempting to make third) and a single to Taylor. Both of the local safeties came in the fourth frame.

Garrett pitched well in defeat for the Lady Huskies. In five full innings, the junior righthander gave up seven hits, walked one batter and struck out three. All three of Wister’s runs were scored in the bottom of the first; only two were earned.