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Lady Huskies notch first wins of season

Lady Huskie centerfielder Sarah Phillippi goes high attempting a catch in Saturday’s game at the Barnsdall Softball Tournament. Jack Buzbee/J-C Correspondent
Lady Huskie centerfielder Sarah Phillippi goes high attempting a catch in Saturday’s game at the Barnsdall Softball Tournament. Jack Buzbee/J-C Correspondent
PHS sophomore third baseman Sydney Sellers puts a tag on Sierra McCabe of Barnsdall during Saturday’s softball game, which was won by the Lady Panther, 9-2. Jack Buzbee/J-C Correspondent
PHS sophomore third baseman Sydney Sellers puts a tag on Sierra McCabe of Barnsdall during Saturday’s softball game, which was won by the Lady Panther, 9-2. Jack Buzbee/J-C Correspondent

After chalking up their first two wins of the high school football season, the Pawhuska Lady Huskies concluded last week with a solid fifth-place finish at the Barnsdall Tournament.

The Pawhuska squad jumped out to an early lead en route to a 17-3 walloping of the Caney Valley Lady Trojans last Tuesday in Ramona.

Two days later, coach Olivia Chronister’s Lady Huskies notched another triumph via a gutsy, 5-4 decision over the Hominy Lady Bucks. Victory No. 2 came in the second of three grueling games Pawhuska played at Barnsdall on Thursday. The Lady Panther tournament was added to the local schedule after Copan cancelled its tourney (as well as its championship-winning softball program).

In its big win against Caney Valley, PHS scored four runs in the top of the first and boosted its lead to 6-0 in the second. The Lady Trojans attempted to battle back, scoring once in the second and twice in the third the Lady Huskies stymied their hopes by plating five third-inning runs and adding six more in the fourth.

Pawhuska rapped out eight hits and made two errors, while Caney Valley finished with seven hits while committing four errors. Getting two hits apiece for PHS were freshman Kyleigh Riebel, junior Sarah Phillippi and sophomore Sydney Sellers and one each for senior Tanaya Thomas and freshman Star Sweeden.

Sellers finished with four runs batted in and Phillippi had two RBI. Other Pawhuska runs were driven in by Riebel and Sweeden. Keylee Kirk, Riebel and Phillippi scored three times apiece. The Lady Huskies left eight runners on base while the Lady Trojans stranded six. Pawhuska stole 15 bases in the contest, with Riebel stealing five, Phillippi three, Thomas two and Sellers and Kirk swiping one apiece.

Lady Huskie junior Breanna RedEagle went the four-inning distance and needed only 67 pitches to record the victory. She struck out one batter and walked two. The PHS attack was helped by eight bases in balls and six hit batters. Keylee Kirk was HBP twice, while Riebel, Tanaya Thomas, Sellers and Mary Jo Upchurch were hit once each.

In the opener at Barnsdall, the Lady Huskies managed five hits in a 9-2 loss to the Oklahoma Union Lady Cougars. PHS starter Ashley Henley, a freshman, pitched a scoreless first despite hitting the first batter and walking another. Kirk led off the lower half of the inning with a triple and scored on a ground out by Phillippi.

Kirk also scored the other Pawhuska run in the fifth, again coming home on a groundout by Phillippi. Singles by Kirk, Riebel, Sellers and Thomas accounted for the other Lady Huskie hits. Oklahoma Union plated five runs in the second, added three in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Pawhuska earned a 5-4 victory over Hominy in its second game of the tourney. In a see-saw affair, the Lady Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the first when Kirk walked and made her way around bases on second-out groundout by Sellers. Helped by an infield error and dropped third strike, the Lady Bucks took a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the inning, however.

PHS then tied the game in the second when a two-out RBI single by Brittney Summers scored Sweeden. After Hominy regained the lead, Riebel singled and was knocked home by a double from Phillippi to tie the game at 3-3. The Lady Bucks went back up by one, 4-3, with a run in the third and the score stayed same when a double play by Pawhuska ended the fourth.

Summers singled to open fifth and a bunted double by junior Logan Ratzlaff put runners at second and third for Lady Huskies. Riebel doubled to tie game at four and Phillippi later doubled home Riebel to put PHS in front, 5-4.

Pawhuska pitcher Henley — who relieved Thomas in the third — managed to hold the one-run lead despite giving up pair of singles to start the Hominy fifth. In the last of the sixth, she hit the second Lady Buck batter with pitch before popouts to Sellers at third and shortstop Kirk ended contest.

PHS finished with nine hits with Riebel, Summers and Phillippi (who had another double in the third) picking up two apiece. Henley and Sweeden collected the other hits for the Lady Huskies, who left two runners on base while the Lady Bucks stranded eight.

The Lady Huskies’ third contest Thursday was a rematch with Caney Valley that was won by the Lady Trojans. Pawhuska mustered only one hit in a 6-0 loss and the Lady Trojans — who scored two in the first inning and added three more in the second — collected five hits. Freshman Lauren Garrett started at pitcher for PHS and was relieved by Redeagle.

On Saturday, when Pawhuska played Barnsdall for fifth place in the tourney, the young and improving Lady Huskies could claim a moral victory following its 10-2 loss to the Lady Panthers. The hosts backed the four-hit pitching of Mariah Hatfield with a dozen hits and took control of the game by scoring seven times in the bottom of the second inning.

A two-run single by Sarala Moles and a two-RBI triple from Alyssa Babb plated the initial runs for Barnsdall. Sierra McCabe singled home the next tally and Ally Price brought home two more with a single that capped the rally. Hatfield carried a one-hitter through the upper fourth, helped by centerfielder Kaleigh Townley’s running catch of a sinking liner. In the bottom of the inning, the Panthers extended their advantage to 9-0 on singles by McCabe, Bailey Walker and Townley.

Pawhuska got on the board in the fifth following a one-out walk to Henley and a double by sophomore Mary Jo Upchurch. Ratzlaff then knocked in pinch runner Aubrie Walker and Upchurch by lining a single to left-center field. The Lady Huskies proceeded to load the bases on a walk to Kirk and a single by Riebel before the Lady Panthers escaped the threat with a pair of force outs.

Barnsdall added a final run before the game was called in the home half of the fifth. Moles blasted a double off the left field wall and scored on a one-out single. Hatfield struck out four and walked two in picking up the Lady Panther pitching victory. Henley started for the Lady Huskies and was replaced in the second by Garrett. Both PHS hurlers recorded one walk and one strikeout.

Phillippi collected the other Lady Huskie hit on an infield single with two out in the first. Each team stranded four base runners. Pawhuska (2-13) was scheduled to play at Perry on Tuesday in a three-way that also Chisholm.

Barnsdall is now 6-4 on the season under coach Joe Gilbert. The BHS squad will be hosting Pawhuska again Thursday, with a starting time at 4 p.m.

Pawhuska 17,

Caney Valley 3

LADY HUSKIES: 4-2-5 6 — 17

LADY TROJANS: 0-1-2 0 — 3

Lady Huskies 5,

Lady Bucks 4

PAWHUSKA: 1-1-1 0-2-0 — 5

HOMINY: 2-1-1 0-0-0 — 4

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