Barnsdall returns several key players

Mike Tupa

Barnsdall High School returns several pieces from last year’s baseball powerhouse — but will need new faces to make a strong impact in order to build on a 22-10 mark last season.

Back in the stable for the Panthers are four stalwart diamond stallions — juniors Michael Marin, Joe Cole and Braden Kelley, and senior Wesley Yarber.

Veteran Barnsdall head coach Wade Corder said he expects this athletic quartet to form the foundation of Barnsdall’s destiny this season.

Each of the four is strong on the bump. Yarber chucked a no-hitter last season; Cole and Marin also could each fill an ace’s role, Corder said.

A talented player back from last season is Keegan Marin, who saw some innings at second base and in the infield.

“We’ll need him to step up and fill some different roles,” Corder said.

Senior Reese Robbins is slated to play at first.

“He had a good season last year, but I expect him to really improve,” Corder said.

Two other players Corder is looking at closely to contribute are Bryce Shores and Will Price.

Barnsdall is slated to play its season opener Friday against Sperry.

PHS diamonders

will start Thursday

The 2019 Pawhuska High School baseball team is scheduled to begin regular season play at 5 p.m. Thursday at home, Coach Chris Rumsey said Tuesday.

The Huskies had been scheduled to open the season on the road, with games against Sperry on Monday and Caney Valley on Tuesday. Both of those road games were canceled because of weather considerations, Rumsey said.

He indicated he expects to play the Thursday game at home versus Tonkawa.