May 2nd, 2013
At least for baseball in Poteau, the winner was Mother Nature.
Thursday's rain canceled the Class 4A Regional Tournament at Town Creek Park as well as the Carl Albert State College Vikings home regular-season finale against Redlands Community College at Ival Goodman Field.
The regional tournament will resume Friday, with the host Pirates meeting Broken Bow in the loser's bracket final at 2 p.m., with the winner meeting Byng at 4 p.m. for the regional title. If a second title game is needed, it will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.
If you look at the two teams in Tuesday nightâ€™s Class 4A playoff game at Costner Stadium between the Poteau Pirates and the Verdigris Cardinals, it would be a classic mismatch. Coming into the game, the Pirates had scored 86 goals and have only allowed six goals. Verdigris scored 42 goals and allowed 15 goals.
However, the Cardinals were running on adrenaline until midway through the second half. Class 4Aâ€™s top-ranked Pirates scored 10 minutes into the final half, and then held off the Cardinals for a 3-2 win.
RED OAK â€” The Leflore Savages baseball team got to within a win of playing for a regional championship on Friday at the Class B Regional Tournament, but it was not to be.
The Savages lost 13-3 to the Stuart Hornets in the loserâ€™s bracket finals on Friday. Leflore split its two games last Thursday on the opening day of the regional â€” losing 14-0 to Red Oak but defeating Webbers Falls 12-5.
The Savages ended the season at 12-10.
WARNER â€” The adage that says, â€śClose only counts in horseshoes,â€ť was so true for the Carl Albert State College baseball team in Tuesday night's road game against Connors State College.
The Vikings cut the deficit to a single run in the eighth inning of the nine-inning contest, only to see the Cowboys score three runs in the eighth to prevail 10-7.
The Vikings will play their final home doubleheader this season at 1 this afternoon at Ival Goodman Field against Redlands Community College before the two play another twinbill at 1 p.m. Saturday in El Reno.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates golf team is one shot off the lead after the first round of the Class 4A State Tournament, which took place Wednesday at Lake Hefner South Golf Course.
The Lady Pirates, last yearâ€™s state champions, had a first-round team score of 360, one shot behind Hilldale (359).
The defending individual state champion, Poteauâ€™s Hannah Ward, is tied for the lead after shooting a 74.
Cathleen Manlove shot an 88, followed by Skylynn Terry at 91, Dallas Terry at 107 and Alyssa Vineyard at 112.
The second and final round will be today.
If the Poteau Pirates baseball team wants to make the Class 4A State Tournament next week, it will take a three-game winning streak over the next two days.
On Day 1 of the Class 4A Regional Tournament at Town Creek Park on Wednesday, the Pirates split a pair, beating Broken Bow 15-5 Wednesday morning, but losing 5-0 to Byng that afternoon.
The Pirates (27-8) will need to win twice Thursday, and then prevail on Friday to win the regional and make state. One more loss will end their season.
FORT SMITH, Ark. â€” Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings basketball coach Jeff Tadtman announced the signing of two Fort Smith Northside Lady Bears for the 2013-14 season â€” Bria Caldwell and Kilah Cummings,Â who were both key players in the Lady Bears claiming the Class 7A state championship.
When the Poteau Pirates baseball team had Senior Night on April 16 for its three seniors, outfielder Blake Johnson, infielder/pitcher Jay Werner and utility player Ryan Johnston, they knew that they would be home for last weekâ€™s Class 4A District Tournament against Roland.
Although it was almost assured the Pirates would be home for this weekâ€™s Class 4A Regional Tournament at Town Creek Park, it became official on Monday from the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. That made the Pirates happy campers.
We're now down to four high school baseball teams left on the diamond â€” Poteau (Class 4A), Spiro (Class 3A), Talihina (Class 2A) and Wister (Class 2A), all of which are in regional tournaments this week for the right to qualify for the Elite 8 that is otherwise known as the state tournament.
Poteau and Spiro were named regional hosts, with the Class 4A Regional Tournament for Poteau beginning today at Town Creek Park. The Class 3A Regional will begin Thursday in Spiro.
As for Class 2A regional tournaments, Talihina will be in Crowder and Wister will be in Ketchum near Grand Lake.
SEMINOLE â€” The Poteau Pirates golf team is heading back to state. The Pirates were third at Mondayâ€™s Class 4A Regional Tournament at Jimmie Austin Golf Course.
The Pirates had a first-round score of 323, then shaved eight strokes off over the second 18 holes to finish the 36-hole event with a 638.
Ada, the favorite to win state next week, had a 297-296â€”593 to win the regional title.