Pawhuska High School baseball off to 2-3 start

Chris Day |
Journal-Capital
Pawhuska shortstop Easton Kirk (23) lashes a grounder to shortstop in Thursday’s game against Newkirk. Kirk was safe at first on an error. Chris Day/Journal-Capital

Some sports seasons are like a marathon. The high school baseball season is more like a sprint.

The Pawhuska High School baseball team opened its season March 6, and already has played five games.

Pawhuska played Wesleyan Christian School Tuesday, but the game ended too late to include in this edition of the Journal-Capital. Pawhuska hits the road Friday for a 4:30 p.m. game at Blackwell. Check our website — www.journal-capital.com — for game reports.

Pawhuska has picked up two shutouts en route to a 2-3 record after a week of play. Huskies pitcher Randsom Jones was on the mound for both shutouts.

Here’s a recap of the games.

Sperry 11, Pawhuska 2

Sperry opened the game with a four-run first and never trailed to pick up an a 11-2 win Tuesday afternoon over the Pawhuska High baseball team.

The Huskies scored two runs in the bottom of the first. Sperry picked up two in the third, a singleton in the fourth and four in the fifth.

In the Pawhuska second, Easton Kirk reached first on an error. Cade McNeil hit a grounder and Kirk was out at second. McNeil was safe at first. Randsom Jones singled to move McNeil to second. A passed ball allowed Jones and McNeil to advance. Brayden Wilson’s grounder sent McNeil home and Jones to third. Jones scored on a Hunter Reed grounder that was misplayed by Sperry.

Each team committed three errors.

Wilson picked up an RBI. Isaiah Walker had a double.

Reed pitched the first inning for the Huskies. Gabe Letzkus went 3.1 innings. Wilson recorded the final two outs of the game.

Alva 10, Pawhuska 2

Pawhuska’s game against Alva (3-0) was much closer than the final 10-2 score indicates. The Huskies led 2-1 after three innings, and the game was tied at 2-all after four.

Alva scored three in the fifth and five in the sixth for the win.

Ryan Jones started on the mound for the Huskies. Gabe Letzkus took over on the mound in the sixth inning.

Alva scored its first run in the second inning. Pawhuska came back in the top of the third. Randsom Jones and Isaiah Walker drew walks. Easton Kirk scorches a line-drive single, allowing Jones to score. Walker scored on the throw.

Pawhuska 2, Newkirk 0

Pawhuska traveled to Alva on Saturday for games against Newkirk and Alva.

Randsom Jones struck out 20 Newkirk batters and pitched his second straight shutout as the Huskies avenged Thursday’s loss to the Tigers with a 2-0 victory Saturday.

Jones pitched all seven innings. He threw 95 pitches and 75 were strikes.

Pawhuska scored its two runs in the first. Easton Kirk reached first on an error. He advanced to third on Cade McNeil’s sacrifice bunt. Kirk scored on a wild pitch. Randsom Jones tripled. Pinch runner William Walls scored on an error by third baseman Tre Suppes.

Newkirk 11,

Pawhuska 4

Newkirk used a six-run inning to pick up an 11-4 win over the Huskies on Thursday. Pawhuska jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one. Newkirk outscored Pawhuska 11-2 in the next three innings. Cade McNeil came on in the fourth, and pitched three scoreless innings for the Huskies.

With two out in the first, Easton Kirk reached on an error. Hunter Reed drew a walk. Gabe Letzkus drew a walk to load the bases. Kirk and Hunter scored on a Cade McNeil single.

Newkirk scored four times in the second on three consecutive singles a walk and two singles after two Newkirk batters struck out.

The Huskies committed three errors, and pitcher Braydon Wilson walked two and hit two batters in the third. Wilson also had a wild pitch that allowed a runner to score. A catcher interference call put another Newkirk runner on base. The Tigers scored six runs without getting a hit in the inning.

Newkirk scored one in the fourth on two singles.

The Huskies picked up two runs in the third. Wilson singled and advanced to third on Easton Kirk’s single. Hunter Reed’s single plated Wilson. Kirk was caught stealing for the first out. Reed scored on Isaiah Walker’s two-out single.

Pawhuska 10, Welch 0

Welch committed six errors in the season opener for Pawhuska. Those errors, some timely hits and outstanding pitching from Randsom Jones were the keys to the Huskies 10-0 victory in four innings.

Jones found the strike zone quickly. He faced 12 batters, and delivered first-pitch strikes to eight of them. He tossed 43 pitches in the game, and 32 went for strikes. He struck out six of the 12 batters he faced.

Jones struck out the side in the first and third innings.

The Huskies provided Jones with plenty of offensive support. They scored three runs in the first. A six-run third inning iced the game. The game was called by run rule after the Huskies scored once in the fourth inning.

Pawhuska had just five hits in the game. Easton Kirk and Hunter Reed lashed doubles in the first inning to plate R.J. McCann and Kirk. The Huskies scored six runs in the third, four of those runs came with two outs. Pawhuska batters drew two walks in the inning and Welch fielders committed four errors.

In the game, Kirk and Reed had doubles. Cade McNeil, Isaiah Walker and Gaige Severns had singles. Walker, Kirk, Reed and Severns had RBIs.