Pawhuska fast-pitch season to start next week

Robert Smith
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Coach Kourtney Herrera's Lady Huskies are preparing to start their 2021 fast-pitch softball campaign on the road next Monday, Aug. 9, at Kellyville.

The Pawhuska ladies will then have their home opener at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 versus Pawnee.

Pawhuska's starting pitcher from a year ago, Zowie Miles, will be back, as will her battery mate, senior catcher NeVaeh Taylor. The 2020 team went undefeated in its district and hosted a regional tournament.

Herrera said she will have a large group this season -- 27 girls, and two freshmen will receive starting assignments. The freshmen starters will be Hannah Reynolds at third base and Pari Harper in left field.

The Lady Huskies will not have the help of their 2020 starter at shortstop, Miya Curry, who is still recovering from a serious injury during the 2020-21 basketball season, but Herrera says the team as a whole is coming along well. The experienced players are carefully passing along tips and instructions to the new ones, she said.

"They get along really well. We have fun while we're competing," Herrera said. The season will be getting under way as a fresh wave of COVID-19 infections has been making its way through Oklahoma and the nation, and Herrera said she's not planning to require protective masks in the dugout. Masks will be required on travel buses when the team plays road games, she said.