Lady Huskies softball advance to regionals

Chris Day

The road to the Class 2A regional softball tournament has been filled with potholes for the Pawhuska High School team.

Pawhuska softball, wrestling and baseball coach Brian Edwards resigned in early August, and Pawhuska had to quickly find a replacement.

The school district hired Tara Masalke, a former PHS athlete, in mid-August. The start of school was delayed because of methane gas leaks on the high school grounds, and a well on the PHS softball field had to be capped again. The softball field remains unplayable, and the team has been practicing on the baseball field.

The Lady Huskies started slowly, but the pieces started to fall into place as September rolled around. Pawhuska picked up its first win on Aug. 31, when it defeated Class A Garber 7-6. The Lady Huskies sent 3-4 over the last seven games of the regular season. The reached district play Sept. 21 against Hominy, moving on to regional play with two straight victories — 7-3 and 17-3 over the Lady Bucks.

Pawhuska softball travels to Drumright, which is hosting the Class 2A regional. The double-elimination tournament begins Thursday. The Lady Huskies open the tournament at noon against Drumright, 25-2. In the latest 2017 Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Fast Pitch rankings, Drumright is ranked fourth.

Oklahoma Union (25-7) is ranked 15th in Class 2A, and are the second seed in the regional field. Mounds (18-17) is the other team in the regional tournament.