April 23rd, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” It was a Poteau Lady Pirates golf sweep of the titles at the Class 4A Pre-State Preview, which took place Monday at Lake Hefner Golf Course.
The Lady Pirates won the team title with a 347, eight team shots better than second-place Cache (355).
University of Arkansas-Little Rock signee Hannah Ward won the event for the third straight year, shooting a 73.
Alyssa Vineyard was the 11th-place medalist with an 88, followed by Skylynn Terry (89) in 12th place. Dallas Terry shot a 97, while Shelli Cobb had a 106.
For auto racing fans, the No. 3 will always have meaning as it represents the late Dale Earnhart, who was killed in the 2001 Daytona 500. The No. 8 will have the same meaning for the Poteau Lady Pirates soccer program, especially for this season's four senior players.
Poteau seniors Kayla Alexander, Haley Clark, Kaeli Lovell and Morgan Giles would have been joined by a fifth senior â€” No. 8 Paige Underwood, who was killed in a single-car accident near Calhoun as she was coming to school on the next-to-the-last day of her sophomore year in May 2012.
ARKOMA â€” A pair of two-run innings for the Kinta Eagles proved to be too much for the Arkoma Mustangs baseball team to overcome in a 6-4 loss at home on Monday afternoon.
Trailing 4-2 after two innings, the Eagles tied the game at 4 in the third inning, then took the lead with a two-run fourth inning for a 6-4 lead after four innings.
Down 2-0 after the top of the first inning, the Mustangs, who won their first game of the season Friday afternoon at Bokoshe, took the lead with a single run in the first inning and three runs in the second for a 4-2 lead.
It's hard to believe we're already getting geared up for the 2014 high school baseball and slow-pitch softball playoffs. They will begin this week in Class A and B baseball and all classification of softball except for Class 6A. Those district schedules will be listed at the end of this column.
The Class 4A, 3A and 2A baseball teams and the Poteau Lady Pirates found out their postseason fates on Friday from the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association.
The Poteau Pirates will entertain the Muldrow Bulldogs in a Class 4A District Tournament at the end of next week.
It was a tough four-game series with the Northern Oklahoma College-Enid Jets for the Carl Albert State College baseball team.
The Vikings suffered a pair of home losses on Saturday at Ival Goodman Field to the Jets, who took the opener 6-4 in 11 innings before taking the nightcap 8-4.
In Friday's twinbill at NOC-Enid's Phillips-Failing Park, the Vikings took the nightcap 4-1 after losing the opener 5-3.
The Vikings will return to action at 1:30 this afternoon on the road against the Coffeyville (Kan.) Ravens.
SPIRO â€” For the fourth time this month, the Poteau Pirates and the Spiro Bulldogs met on the baseball field, with the previous three meetings being in this month's LeFlore County Tournament â€” with the â€™Dogs taking the final two games in the championship round to win the county title.
The fourth meeting took place Saturday afternoon, with the Pirates prevailing as they held off the Bulldogs for a 3-2 win.
BOKOSHE â€” There is no longer a winless baseball team in LeFlore County. The Arkoma Mustangs got their first win of the season Friday afternoon in an 11-1 road victory over the Bokoshe Tigers.
Arkoma pitcher Seth Key pitched all four innings with seven strikeouts and scattered five hits.
Arkoma jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, then scored three runs in the second inning, five in the third and a single run in the fourth.
Most of Monday's athletic events involving LeFlore County teams were rained out.
The 2014 Poteau Boys Golf Invitational, which was to have taken place at both Choctaw and Wolf Ridge country clubs, was rained out on Monday. It has been rescheduled for today, beginning at both sites at 8 a.m.