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Lady Huskies battle to break losing skid

Second baseman Mary Jo Upchurch of Pawhuska pivots to throw last week in a Monday home contest against Blackwell. The Lady Huskies will participate in the Dewey Tournament beginning Thursday. Next week, PHS has home games Monday (with Tonkawa) and Tuesday (versus Cleveland), both set for a 4:30 p.m. start. JACK BUZBEE/JOURNAL-CAPITAL
Second baseman Mary Jo Upchurch of Pawhuska pivots to throw last week in a Monday home contest against Blackwell. The Lady Huskies will participate in the Dewey Tournament beginning Thursday. Next week, PHS has home games Monday (with Tonkawa) and Tuesday (versus Cleveland), both set for a 4:30 p.m. start. JACK BUZBEE/JOURNAL-CAPITAL
Lady Huskies’ shortstop Keylee Kirk fields the ball as a Dewey baserunner (Casey Beaver) jogs past her during a softball road game last Friday. Pawhuska was headed to Ramona for a Tuesday rematch with the Caney Valley Trojans, who lost a game at PHS two weeks ago. JACK BUZBEE/JOURNAL-CAPITAL
Lady Huskies’ shortstop Keylee Kirk fields the ball as a Dewey baserunner (Casey Beaver) jogs past her during a softball road game last Friday. Pawhuska was headed to Ramona for a Tuesday rematch with the Caney Valley Trojans, who lost a game at PHS two weeks ago. JACK BUZBEE/JOURNAL-CAPITAL

An already difficult week ended on a sour note Friday for the Pawhuska High School Lady Huskies softball team, which suffered its sixth consecutive defeat with an 11-2 road loss at Dewey.

Following a lopsided home setback to Blackwell on Monday, Pawhuska (1-13) dropped a Tuesday double-header at Perry, losing 12-1 to Chisholm before falling 9-1 to the host Lady Maroons. The Lady Huskies were then shut out at home Thursday by Osage County rival Barnsdall, 7-0.

Combined score for the week: Opponents 52, Lady Huskies 7.

PHS was to be looking for its second victory of the season Tuesday at Ramona against the only squad it has beaten thus far this year — the Caney Valley Lady Trojans. In an Aug. 20 contest at Pawhuska, coach Olivia Chronister’s Lady Huskies rolled to a 14-4 triumph over CVHS.

A journey back to Lady Dogger Land awaits the locals Thursday through Saturday when they are to participate in the Dewey Tournament. Next week will find the Lady Huskies playing at home Monday and Tuesday, in 4:30 p.m. contests against Tonkawa and Cleveland, respectively.

PHS is set for action in the Sperry Tourney beginning next Thursday. After that, only six game dates remain before the start of district competition on Sept. 26.

Following are summaries of last week’s contests.

Doggers 11, Huskies 2

The Lady Huskies snatched an early 1-0 advantage by mounting a late-blooming rally in the first. With two outs, Keylee Kirk drew a four-pitch walk and moved to third on a single lined to center by Sydney Sellers. A passed ball enabled Kirk to come home with the run.

Dewey took over the lead by scoring twice in the bottom half of the inning. PHS hurler Haley Malaske walked the leadoff batter, Lauryn Washington, who advanced to second after a sacrifice and third on a groundout. A two-out single by Kaleigh Hinkle brought in Washington to tie the game at one.

Hinkle — who knocked in five runs and scored twice in a Lady Dogger win over the Huskies eight days earlier — got to second on an error and scored on a single to center field by Madison Brown, making it 2-1 in favor of the home squad.

Pawhuska went down in order to start the second before Dewey parlayed three singles, an error and a walk into four more runs and went ahead by five — 6-1. Hinkle capped the Lady Dogger rally by lining an RBI single to center.

In the third, back-to-back singles by Malaske and Jordyn Wahpekeche were enhanced by an error that resulted in the second run for the Lady Huskies. The Bulldoggers struck back in their half of the third with three runs, off a walk, two singles and some sloppy Pawhuska defense.

After Logan Ratzlaff walked with one out in the PHS fourth, a single to right field by Sarah Phillippi brought some wild action on the base paths that ended with Ratzlaff being thrown out at home. Phillippi was then left stranded at third.

The Lady Doggers put their final two runs across following a leadoff walk to Taylor Clark and consecutive singles by Hinkle and Brown. After shortstop Kirk gunned down Clark at the plate with a throw to catcher Wahpekeche, Hinkle stole third and scored on a passed ball before a Kaylee Lewis single brought in Brown.

Clark retired PHS 1-2-3 — on a popout, groundout and strikeout — to pick up the four-hit pitching victory. She struck out three and had three walks. Malaske gave up 10 hits and walked four in taking the loss.

Barnsdall 7, PHS 0

Not even a perfect day at the plate by Keylee Kirk could get Pawhuska on the scoreboard Thursday in a 7-0 loss to the visiting Barnsdall Lady Panthers.

Barnsdall scored one in the first inning, two in the second and one in the third. The Panthers added one more in the fifth and capped the scoring with two in the seventh.

Kirk finished two-for-two, rapping two-out singles in the first and sixth. She also walked once and stole a base.

The Lady Huskies managed only four hits off the pitcher of the Panthers, Courtney Swift, who struck out two and walked one. While Barnsdall batters could barely match the four-hit total of the hosts, the Panthers offensive cause was boosted by the 11 bases on balls doled out by Pawhuska pitchers.

PHS starting pitcher Breanna Redeagle registered a strong effort in the circle by yielding three hits and no earned runs over the first four-plus innings. She had one strikeout and walked three. Malaske struggled to find the strike zone during the last three frames. She gave up no hits but walked eight while striking out one.

Perry 9, Lady Huskies 1

The Lady Huskies failed to shake their woes against the host Lady Maroons in the second game of last Tuesday’s three-team gathering at Perry.

Pawhuska trailed, 3-0, when Mary Jo Upchurch led off the third inning with a line-drive triple to right filed. The freshman scored on a two-out single by Malaske, representing the team’s second and final hit of the contest.

Malaske gave up two-run homers in the first and the third as she yielded four hits, walked four and struck out four in four forlorn frames.

Diaz put the Maroons in front on their first at-bat with a one-out, two-run shot to left. Perry scored once in the second (on a two-out passed ball following a leadoff single) and added four more in the third on a pair of passed balls and a two-run home run by Buck.

Chisholm 12, Pawhuska 1

Seven Pawhuska players committed a total of nine fielding miscues as the Lady Huskies erred their way to a loss in last Tuesday’s opener at Perry.

The lone run for the Lady Huskies came in the bottom of the first inning on a game-tying RBI single by Sydney Sellers. Malaske scored after leading things off with a line-drive double to left field.

Redeagle finished as pitcher in relief of Malaske. They combined to give up only three earned runs and five hits, while walking six batters and striking out one.

Chisholm went ahead for good in the third inning by picking up a pair of runs on a fielder’s choice and a passed ball. PHS errors helped its foes tack on another two runs in the fourth. Chisholm piled on seven more tallies in the top of the fifth.

Logan Ratzlaff collected the only other hit for Pawhuska with a two-out single that loaded the bases in the fourth before a ground out ended the inning.

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