July 4th, 2012
When you're the home team, sometimes that last at-bat is so important. Just ask the Poteau Pirates OK Kids Midget baseball team.
After the Wister Wildcats had broken a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning, the Pirates scored twice in their last chance in their half of the inning to earn a 4-3 victory in the loser's-bracket quarterfinals of the 2012 OK Kids Midget Regional Tournament Tuesday night at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
HEAVENER â€” Last month, the phrase â€śThunder Upâ€ť was being used quite a bit as the Oklahoma City Thunder made it to the NBA Finals. However, that same phrase just might be used this week at Blues Park for the 2012 OK Kids Coach-Pitch Regional Tournament.
The Heavener Thunder are two wins from a state-tournament berth after routing the Muldrow Bulldogs 14-4 Tuesday night at Blues Park.
PANAMA â€” The host Panama Boomers find themselves just two wins from a state-tournament berth.
The Boomers got past the Madill Cats 12-10 Tuesday night to advance to tonight's 8 p.m. winner's-bracket final of the 2012 OK Kids Midget Regional Tournament.
The Boomers will play the Stilwell Indians at 8 p.m. tonight for the right to get to the 4:30 p.m. Saturday title game. The Indians defeated the Okemah Panthers 5-3.
There will also be loser's-bracket games today and tonight in the tournament.
STILWELL â€” The Poteau Rebels once again had to stage a rally to stay undefeated in the 2012 OK Kids PeeWee Regional Tournament.
After rallying from a 1-0 deficit Monday night to the Stilwell Cardinals, the Rebels rallied from a 2-1 deficit to end up routing the Dewar Sooners 14-2 in four innings Tuesday night.
The Rebels will play in the winner's-bracket final at 4:30 p.m. Friday, with one more win putting them into the 4:30 p.m. Saturday championship game.
At the moment, the Rebels are two wins from a state-tournament berth.
SPIRO â€” The Spiro Mud Dawgs were trying to stave off elimination Wednesday afternoon in the 2012 OK Kids PeeWee Regional Tournament.
The Mud Dawgs lost 12-2 to the Coleman BRW Tuesday night in the last game of Day 2's slate of contests.
Spiro was facing McCurtain with the winner playing at 1 p.m. this afternoon in another elimination contest, while the loser was eliminated.
The other LeFlore County team in the field, the Panama Razorbacks, also suffered a loss on Tuesday, falling 15-0 to the Texoma Diamond Dogs.
ROLAND â€” There's going to be at least one LeFlore County OK Kids PeeWee team playing for a regional title at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Poteau Buccaneers and the Whitesboro Bulldogs each won their winner's-bracket semifinal game Tuesday night in the 2012 OK Kids PeeWee Regional Tournament. The Buccaneers beat the Morris Warriors 6-2, while the â€™Dogs routed the Roland Cardinals 16-2.
The Buccaneers and the Bulldogs will play at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the winner's-bracket final, with the victor earning a spot in the 4:30 p.m. Saturday title game.
PRESTON â€” The Spiro Reds OK Kids Coach-Pitch baseball team suffered its first loss in the 2012 OK Kids Regional Tournament, falling 12-5 to the Tecumseh Blackhawks Tuesday night.
The Reds will play an elimination game at 8 p.m. tonight against the winner of today's Checotah Cowboys-Prague Rebels game in the loser's-bracket quarterfinals. Tonight's 8 p.m. winner will then play in the loser's-bracket semifinal at 6:30 p.m. Friday, with that victor making it to the loser's-bracket final at 8 p.m. Friday with the hopes of advancing to the 5 p.m. Saturday title game.
My boat is about to get some time on the water. My midget baseball team ended its season on Tuesday night, losing a heartbreaker to the Poteau Pirates 4-3 in the Ok Kids Regional Tournament at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex. Ben Klutts threw one heck of a game against us, and I want to wish him and the rest of the Pirates good luck.
Gary Gibsonâ€™s prep team at Wister is the host team for a regional tournament, which begins today and ends on Friday. Stilwell and Cameron are the other two teams in the tournament, and two teams will head to Chandler next week for OK Kids Prep State.
Gayle Smedley, 77, of Poteau died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Poteau.