Just as during the previous week against Western Oklahoma State College of Altus, last week's four-game series against Murray State College was a tough one for the Carl Albert State College baseball team.
Just as against Western, the Vikings went 1-3 against the Aggies in their two-day, four-game series.
The only win for the Vikings came in Friday's opener at Ival Goodman Field, as Carl Albert won 5-1 before Murray State took the nightcap 7-0.
Saturday afternoon in Tishomingo, the Aggies swept the Vikings by scores of 5-4 in eight innings and 10-0 in a five-inning, mercy-rule game.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” The Oklahoma City Thunder clinched first place in the Western Conference with a 104-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder has played well down the stretch, and overcame a two-game deficit to the San Antonio Spurs, which the Texas team enjoyed just a few weeks ago.
Coming into Mondayâ€™s game against the Poteau Pirates, the Greenwood (Ark.) Bulldogs had not homered this spring â€” but they partially made up for lost time.
The Bulldogs hit three homers en route to an 11-2 win over the Pirates at Town Creek Park in Poteau.
WISTER â€” In a prelude of next weekâ€™s Class 2A District Tournament, Wister pitcher Tyler Gibson threw a one-hitter as the Wildcats blanked the Pocola Indians 11-0 on Monday afternoon.
Gibson struck out eight batters in four innings, allowing only a third-inning, lead-off single to Pocolaâ€™s Casey Sather â€” which spoiled the Wister senior pitcherâ€™s perfect-game bid.
TAHLEQUAH â€” It was a rough start to the week for the Poteau Lady Pirates softball team on Monday as they suffered a pair of road losses against the host Tahlequah Lady Tigers by scores of 10-2 and 7-1.
Cameron 21, Gans 4: In Cameron, the Lady Yellowjackets ended the regular season in grand fashion.
With the game tied at 4 after an inning, the Lady â€™Jackets scored three runs in the second inning, five runs in the third and nine runs in the fifth inning to get the game to mercy-rule status.
BATTIEST â€” The Heavener Lady Wolves softball team came in fourth at the Battiest Tournament, which took place Thursday through Saturday.
Heavener lost in the consolation semifinal 11-2 to Broken Bow on Saturday after beating Smithville 10-3. On Friday, Heavener split its two games, beating Fort Towson 5-3 before losing 8-6 to Hugo.
The good news was the Poteau Pirates soccer team celebrated homecoming Friday night with a 5-0 win over the Stilwell Indians at Costner Stadium.
The not-so-good news was the Lady Pirates came close to making it a homecoming sweep, but the Lady Indians prevailed 3-2 in the opener.
The Poteau teams will play their regular-season finales today at Costner Stadium against their district foes, and local rivals, from Heavener. The girls game will be at 5 p.m., followed by the boys contest at 7 p.m. If the Pirates win, they will be district champions.
TONKAWA â€” The weekend was a good one for the Carl Albert State College softball team, which swept a road doubleheader Friday afternoon from the Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa Lady Mavericks by scores of 10-3 and 2-1.
The Lady Vikings will make up their home twinbill against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, which was rained out on Feb. 28, at 2 this afternoon.
How time flies when you're having fun. Can you believe the playoffs have arrived? It just seems like the baseball and slow-pitch softball seasons started.
However, for several diamond teams, the second season will begin this week. The complete playoff schedule is at the bottom of this column. Some of the district tournaments in softball will be played tomorrow to beat the threat of rain.
One More Tournament This Week
The Poteau Pirates will be in the Fort Gibson Tournament, which will be Thursday through Saturday.
Sallisaw-Central at Poteau, 5:45 p.m.