Barnsdall blasts Oklahoma Union, 14-6

Robert Smith
A Barnsdall hitter drives the ball during tournament play last Thursday. The Panthers defeated Oklahoma Union by a count of 14-6. Robert Smith/Journal-Capital

BARNSDALL — Barnsdall got behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning last Thursday in a tournament game against Oklahoma Union but roared back to win 14-6 in four and a half innings. Wes Yarber went all the way on the mound for the win for Barnsdall with his grandmother looking on from behind the home plate backstop.

The win raised Barnsdall’s record at the time to 8-4 and set the Panthers up nicely for what was to have been the annual three-day Barnsdall Tournament. That is, until the nasty weekend weather ate most of the tournament. The Panthers were still 8-4 when they showed up Monday in Pawhuska for a date with the Huskies.

The win over Oklahoma Union marked Barnsdall’s sixth win in seven tries going back to March 15. The only blemish on the Panthers’ record in that stretch was a road loss to Sperry on March 18.

“We’ve been playing some good baseball here lately,” Barnsdall Coach Wade Corder said after the win over Oklahoma Union. He acknowledged that his team’s opportunistic approach to baserunning was having a positive effect on offensive production. Corder said the Panthers try to keep the pressure on their opponents. Speedster Michael Marin was off and running toward second pretty much every time he made it to first.

The game didn’t get out of hand that quickly for Oklahoma Union. The score was 3-3 through two innings and Barnsdall was only up 7-5 by the middle of the fourth inning. In the bottom of the fourth, however, Barnsdall went on a spree and stretched the lead to 14-5. Oklahoma Union added just one run in the visitors’ half of the fifth frame, and that was all she wrote.