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JACK BUZBEE/JOURNAL-CAPITAL A collision at home plate between Zak Wilson, the senior catcher of the Pawhuska Huskies, and Barnsdall base runner Spencer Wilson proved to be the decisive play Monday in a 5-4 home victory for the Panthers. The runner was declared safe. Just before the arrival of BHS runner Wilson, catcher Wilson had fielded a short-hop throw from his brother, PHS leftfielder Bryce Wilson.
JACK BUZBEE/JOURNAL-CAPITAL A collision at home plate between Zak Wilson, the senior catcher of the Pawhuska Huskies, and Barnsdall base runner Spencer Wilson proved to be the decisive play Monday in a 5-4 home victory for the Panthers. The runner was declared safe. Just before the arrival of BHS runner Wilson, catcher Wilson had fielded a short-hop throw from his brother, PHS leftfielder Bryce Wilson.

BARNSDALL — A late Barnsdall run that scored on a collison play at the plate provided the winning margin for the Panthers in a high school baseball triumph over the Pawhuska Huskies.

Playing with a blustery north wind blowing in from left field, the Huskies led twice in the contest —at 1-0 and 4-2. But the Panthers also held a pair of leads, including the final score of 5-4.

Pawhuska pitchers allowed Barnsdall a mere two hits while recording 11 strikeouts over six innings — some impressive numbers, to say the least. However, the Panther squad managed to squeeze maximum efficiency from its offense, which also drew the benefit of nine bases on balls and a hit batsman.

The Huskies scored the game’s first run in their initial at-bat on a two-out single by senior Zak Wilson. Pawhuska had two more hits in the frame — by Dallas McCarty and Tyler Culver — but left the bases loaded after taking a 1-0 lead.

Barnsdall moved ahead, 2-1, in the bottom of the second, despite being held without a hit. Five Panthers reached walks in the inning, forcing the Huskies made a pitching change to junior Culver. The lanky righthander struck out the first Barnsdall batter he faced, ending the inning with the bases jammed for the Panthers.

Pawhuska regained the advantage (4-2) with a pair of runs in the third. McCarty led off with his second hit and then stole two bases. With one out, Wilson delivered again for the Huskies by belting a two-run double to left center. It could have been an even bigger inning for PHS had it not been for a diving catch by Barnsdall centerfield Jake Lanphear.

The hits for the home team both came during a two-run third and included an infield single followed by a two-out, twin-RBI double that tied the game at 4-4. A leadoff walk to Caleb Hawes and a one-out infield single by Isaiah Gott set the table for the Panthers. With two outs, Brandon Marshall tied the game at 4-4 by slicing a two-run double to right.

Monday’s starter on the mound for the Huskies was junior Zalin Edwards. He experienced control problems and was replaced with two out and the bases loaded in the second.

Despite recording eight strikeouts in just 3 1/3 innings, Culver wound up as the game’s hard-luck losing pitcher. Kyler Moody finished up for Pawhuska by striking out two and hitting one batter in the sixth.

The contest was decided in the home half of the fifth following walks to Spencer Wilson and Ethan Shaw of BHS. Wilson stole two bases and came home to score the game-winner when the throw to third went into left field. Pawhuska leftfielder Bryce Wilson fired a throw to the plate that was fielded on the short hop by Huskie catcher Zak Wilson, who made a tag just after Spencer Wilson had slid safely home.

Hawes was nearly perfect on the mound in relief of Barnsdall starting pitcher Nathan Hayman. The junior righthander gave up only one hit, struck out three and walked none. He retired three straight Pawhuska batters in the final inning and ended the game with a strikeout.

Barnsdall, of Oklahoma Class A, improved to 3-4 on the season. The Panthers avenged a 9-8 extra-inning loss to the Class 3A Huskies three weeks ago.

Pawhuska, which dropped to 7-9 for the year, had previously won five straight ball games versus other Osage County schools.

The teams are both scheduled to open play Thursday in the three-day Barnsdall Baseball Tournament.

Barnsdall, of Oklahoma Class A, improved to 3-4 on the season. The Panthers avenged a 9-8 extra-inning loss to the Class 3A Huskies three weeks ago.

Pawhuska, which dropped to 7-9 for the year, had previously won five straight ball games versus other Osage County schools. Last week, the Huskies dropped a 7-6 Tuesday decision at Blackwell and went to the Northern Oklahoma College Tournament in Tonkawa on Friday.

At the NOC event, PHS defeated Shidler by a score of 8-4 and then lost to Tonkawa, 9-1.

The teams are both scheduled to open play Thursday in the three-day Barnsdall Baseball Tournament. If the weather permits, PHS will meet Prue at noon, followed by a 2 p.m. matchup between Barnsdall and Pawnee. Losers from those games play Friday at 4 p.m., with the winners to battle at 6 p.m.

Panthers 5, Huskies 4

Pawhuska 1-0-3 0-0-0 0 — 4

Barnsdall 0-2-2 0-1-0 x — 5

Batteries: Pawhuska — Zalin Edwards, Tyler Culver (2), Kylar Moody (6) and Zak Wilson; Barnsdall — Nathan Hayman, Caleb Hawes (5) and Caleb Hawes, Jake Lanphear (5).

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