April 6th, 2012
SPIRO â€” Things were not looking good for the defending LeFlore County Baseball Tournament champion Spiro Bulldogs Wednesday night. They trailed for 95 percent of their winner's-bracket semifinal against the Cameron Yellowjackets, but then came the big hit.
Colby Demato, who had been hitless through his first three at-bats, smoked a solid single over the center fielder's head in the bottom of the eighth inning as the â€™Dogs capped a come-from-behind victory with a 4-3 win over the â€™Jackets in a game which ended at 10:45 p.m.
Carl Albert State College Softball Coach David Holt was pretty sure he would sign all three of Poteau High School's senior players. While it took perhaps a little longer than thought, as of Wednesday afternoon he had them all in the fold.
Poteau senior Meagan Ryburn signed her letter of intent with Carl Albert Wednesday afternoon in the high school's foyer.
Earlier this year, Ryburn's teammates Natalee King and Briley Benson inked letters with CASC, and that, for starters, made Carl Albert the choice to play college softball for the Lady Pirate senior.
The Talihina Golden Tigers will enter this weekend's Atoka Tournament coming off a split of games earlier this week.
Talihina began the week with a 16-1 rout of Hartford, Ark., on Monday, but then lost a 3-2 contest Tuesday on the road against the Smithville Braves.
In Monday's victory, Alan Lockhart got his first win of the season, and got offensive support from Clark Austin who hit his first home run of the season.
It was not a good Tuesday afternoon of baseball for the Carl Albert State College Vikings at Ival Goodman Field as they were shut out 12-0 by the Connors State Cowboys.
Connors State scored twice in the first inning and once in the third for a 3-0 lead.
A three-run sixth inning doubled the lead to 6-0, then a six-run ninth inning made it 12-0.
Carl Albert had only four hits, but two of them were by Whitesboro's Dexter Morgan, who was 2-for-3. Brandon Cummings and Matt Turner were each 1-for-3.
The LeFlore County Bass Club had its second open tournament of the season Saturday at Wards Landing on Wister Lake. There were 15 boats with 30 anglers who caught 35 fish which weighed a combined total of 80.95 pounds. The average fish weighed 2.31 pounds, and seven limits were caught.
Hauling in the title was the duo of Robert â€śRobbieâ€ť Brassfield and Keith â€śStoneâ€ť Jones, who caught 14.1 pounds of fish to earn $350.
Randy â€śRolandâ€ť Martin and Bucky â€śBig Rigâ€ť McGee were second (13.4 pounds, $210), which included McGee's big bass winner â€” weighing 6.3 pounds to earn him an extra $140.
Thursday's home district soccer games against Westville for the Poteau High School teams at Costner Stadium did not take place.
While the Pirates and Lady Pirates had the games on their schedules for Thursday night, Westville had it down for Friday.
The games will not be played on Friday, and Poteau Girls Coach Jim Ervin said that efforts to reschedule will try to happen, but nothing will be done regarding the matter until Monday when Poteau Public Schools return from Easter weekend break.
The Lady Pirates and Pirates will play in Saturday's Greenwood (Ark.) Tournament.
Recognizing National Autism Awareness Month
April is National Autism Awareness Month-an opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.
Tonight there will be a LeFlore County Parents of Autism meeting at Carl Albert State College with a guest speaker from Project Peak. She will be taking questions from the parents. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and is in the F.L Holton Business Center Theater on the Poteau Campus of CASC.
SPIRO â€” Mother Nature didn't quite get all of the 2012 LeFlore County Baseball Tournament on Tuesday
While both games at Panama were rained out and the last game here between Pocola and Leflore was washed out due to Tuesday's rain, two games were played here before the showers arrived.
The Indians and the Savages staved off elimination as Pocola blanked Bokoshe 12-0 and Leflore run ruled Arkoma 11-1.
Wednesday saw five games played here, including all three games which were rained out Tuesday.
Pocola and Leflore played, followed by Howe and Panama with that winner meeting Heavener.