September 16th, 2013
It's finally here â€” the 2013 LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament, which is taking place this year in Panama.
For the first time in four years (three of those since I've been here), the field for the title would appear to be wide open.
Poteau is the favorite, but may not have the cakewalk it has had in dominating the field for the last four years â€” and yes, that's a credit to the six seniors who graduated last spring, who never lost a fast-pitch county tournament game in their four years.
KIOWA â€” The Talihina Lady Golden Tigers softball team finished in third place at the Kiowa Tournament on Saturday.
The Lady Golden Tigers beat Wilburton 6-3 and Hartshorne â€” which opened the tournament by beating Talihina 5-4 Thursday afternoon â€” by a score of 8-1.
However, the Lady Golden Tigers fell to the Buffalo Valley Lady Buffaloes 5-0 in the loser's-bracket final to end up third.
WISTER â€” The Leflore Savages baseball team got one of its biggest wins in a while as they run ruled the Wister Wildcats 16-4 in five innings Thursday afternoon.
After the Wildcats took a 4-2 lead after an inning, the Savages went to work with a six-run second inning for an 8-4 lead. A five-run fifth inning put the game into run-rule status.
Oktaha 10, Cameron 4: In Cameron, trailing 2-1 after an inning, the Tigers erupted for five runs in the second innnig to take the lead for good at 7-2 after two innings.
The Pansy Kidd Middle School football teams split their home openers with McAlester on Thursday at Costner Stadium.
The eighth-graders rallied in the second half to down McAlester 14-8, but the Buffaloes downed the Raiders in the seventh-grade game 14-0.
HOWE â€” Three LeFlore County teams, host Howe, Arkoma and Whitesboro, all went 1-1 on Thursday in a three-way.
The host Lady Lions downed the Lady Mustangs 7-4 in the final game of the night. Arkoma took the middle game with a come-from-behind 9-5 win in six innings over Whitesboro, which got the day started by blanking Howe 4-0.
TAHLEQUAH â€” For the second straight time, the Tahlequah Lady Tigers downed the Poteau Lady Pirates in their final at-bat.
A run in the seventh inning broke a 2-all tie to lift the Lady Tigers to a 3-2 win over the Lady Pirates on Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Pirates tied the game at 2 in the fifth inning.
Pocola 11, Quinton 3: In Pocola, the Lady Indians rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit by scoring in every inning, including a three-run fifth inning to put the game into run-rule status.
The Heavener Lady Wolves had a perfect week at the 2013 LeFlore County Junior High Softball Tournament, capping it with a win over Spiro in the title game Thursday night at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
It was the second time on the night the Lady Wolves beat the Lady Bulldogs, which fell to Heavener in Thursday's winner's-bracket finals.
Spiro reached the title game with a victory over the Poteau/Pansy Kidd Middle School Lady Raiders in the loser's-bracket final.
The Lady Raiders finished third as they beat Wister in the loser's-bracket semifinal.
If you liked offense, several of the 2013 season openers for LeFlore County football teams fulfilled your wishes.
The Poteau Pirates outlasted the Durant Lions 43-42 in double overtime for starters.
The Arkoma Mustangs lost a game in which an even 100 points were scored, falling 62-38 to the Keota Lions.
The Talihina Golden Tigers hung 70 points on the Wilburton Diggers in their home opener.
Three teams opened their seasons with wins â€” Poteau, Panama and Talihina. Heavener got its chance Friday night to do the same thing.
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There will be a 7-3 coed softball tournament all day next Saturday at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
The entry fee is $125 per team. On home runs, three can be hit per game per team.
To purchase the right to hit four additional homers per game is $10 or $50 will give teams an unlimited number of homers.
All funds raised will benefit the Poteau Lady Pirates track team to help pay for expenditures and help purchase equipment.
Men have to use core 44 bats, while women can use any bats.