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.
WILBURTON ‚ÄĒ The Poteau Pirates made it 2-for-2 in winning tournaments on the weekend.
After winning the 32nd LeFlore County Tournament on April 7 in Cameron, the Pirates won the Coal Miners Classic 3-1 over the Muldrow Bulldogs in Saturday‚Äôs title game.
The Pirates reached the title game with an 8-0 shutout of the co-host Hartshorne Miners on Friday in Hartshorne.
WISTER ‚ÄĒ The Red Oak Eagles flew 20 miles east to Wister and departed with a championship plaque Saturday afternoon after beating the host Wildcats 1-0 in the finals of the Wister Invitational Tournament.
The Eagles made the finals by getting past the Talihina Golden Tigers 6-4, while the ‚ÄôCats clawed the Whitesboro Bulldogs 14-0 in Friday night‚Äôs semifinals.
Two other LeFlore County teams claimed hardware on Saturday. The Panama Razorbacks handled the Howe Lions 12-0 in three innings to win the consolation championship.
SALLISAW ‚ÄĒ Three LeFlore County baseball teams began play Thursday with chances to take home plaques at the 2013 Tiger Shootout at Sallisaw-Central High School. However, in the end, only one team got that honor.
The Spiro Bulldogs came in second in the tournament, losing the title game 12-8 in eight innings to the Vian Wolverines on Saturday. The Bulldogs reached the title game with an 8-1 win over the Keys (Park Hill) Cougars on Friday, followed by an 8-7 victory over Pocola in the semifinals on Friday.
MUSKOGEE ‚ÄĒ The Poteau Lady Pirates softball team made a statement in Friday‚Äôs action in the Muskogee Festival.
Class 6A‚Äôs 10th-ranked Lady Pirates stunned Class 6A‚Äôs top-ranked Moore Lady Lions 9-6 in their second game of the day.
In Poteau‚Äôs other game, Southmoore used middle-inning offense to down the Lady Pirates 15-6.
HULBERT ‚ÄĒ The Poteau High School boys golf team grabbed all the second-place honors at Friday's Fort Gibson Invitational, which took place at Western Hills Golf Course.
The Pirates had a team score of 321, finishing two team strokes behind champion Sallisaw (319), but ahead of third-place and host Fort Gibson (327) ‚ÄĒ which beat Poteau and Sallisaw in Monday's Poteau Boys Invitational at Choctaw Country Club.
‚ÄúA Bike for Daylon‚ÄĚ will happen May 18. Daylon is a 13-year-old with cerebral palsy who wants a bike to ride with his family.
Funds are being raised to help his parents purchase an adaptive bike for him.
For more information, call Rachel Pickerel at (918) 649-4028.
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The second annual Brittney Cox Memorial Golf Tournament 2-Man Scramble will take place at 8 a.m. and approximately 1 p.m. April 27 at Choctaw Country Club.
The entry fee is $135 per team, but for teams that have golf carts their fee will be $120.
The Poteau Pirates had to wait a day to begin the Coal Miners Classic due to wet fields on Thursday, but did not let that bother them at all.
Poteau routed the McAlester junior varsity 10-1 in five innings in Hartshorne. The Pirates played co-host Hartshorne, which beat Eufaula 6-4, later Friday night for the right to get to today‚Äôs championship game at 4 p.m. in Wilburton. The Poteau-Hartshorne loser will play for third place at 2 this afternoon in Wilburton.
The Heavener Wolves faced elimination from the tournament late Friday after losing 16-6 to the Stigler Panthers in Wilburton.
WISTER ‚ÄĒ Three LeFlore County baseball teams found themselves late Friday in the winner‚Äôs bracket semifinals of the Wister Invitational Tournament, with one more win putting them into this afternoon‚Äôs title game.
Tournament host Wister had little problem with Hartford, Ark., winning 13-1 in three innings. That put the Wildcats into Friday night‚Äôs semifinal against local rival Whitesboro.
The Bulldogs avenged last week‚Äôs LeFlore County Tournament loss to Panama by downing the Razorbacks 9-5 ‚ÄĒ the same score the Hogs beat the ‚ÄėDogs by in their opening-round county tournament game.
The Poteau Lady Pirates softball team played Friday in the Muskogee Festival. Two weeks from now, the team will return there for the playoffs.
The Lady Pirates were sent to Muskogee along with Bixby and Broken Bow for the Class 6A Regional Tournament.
As for Class 4A, 3A and 2A baseball, four of LeFlore County‚Äôs teams were given the honor of being a district tournament host.
Poteau will entertain Roland for the Class 4A District Tournament.
Spiro will host Heavener in the Class 3A District Tournament.