CAMERON â The Poteau Pirates baseball team was voted the top seed of the 2013 LeFlore County Tournament, which will begin Monday at three sites around the county.
The Spiro Bulldogs, last year's runners-up and the 2011 champions, are the second seed, with the defending county champion Wister Wildcats the third seed and the Heavener Wolves the fourth seed.
Tournament host Cameron is the fifth seed, followed by Leflore, Pocola, Whitesboro, Panama, Howe and Arkoma.
Two teams â Bokoshe and Talihina â will not be in the tournament field.
An old adage says, âGood things come in threes.â For the Poteau Pirates baseball team, it sure did.
The pitching trio of starter Jace Pitchford and relievers Roger Barcheers and Jay Werner combined on a five-inning perfect game as the Pirates blanked the Cameron Yellowjackets 8-0 Tuesday afternoon at Town Creek Park.
RED OAK â While it was chilly outside on Monday, the Poteau bats were hot as the Lady Pirates split their two games at Red Oak, routing the Fort Gibson Lady Tigers 26-6 but being outlasted 16-12 by the host Lady Eagles.
Panama 4, Keota 1: In Keota, the Lady Razorbacks got back on the winning track, thanks to a three-run fourth inning to break a scoreless tie.
Kendra Swindle's solo home run in the sixth inning made it 4-0.
Heavener's Trevor Smith and Talihina's Clark Austin were named the Co-Most Valuable Players of the 2012-13 All-Black Diamond Conference Basketball Team.
Talihina's Alan Lockhart and Ethan Sisk, Pocola's Preston Hobbs, Tyler Hutchens, Lance Standridge and Tanner Francis and Heavener's Luke Culpepper and Noah Davis were named to the all-conference team.
Talihina's Logan Hillebrand, Pocola's Omar Qamoun and Heavener's Tyler Hamm were honorable mention.
The Poteau Pirates baseball team thought they were through with cold temperatures when they finished last week's Poteau Wood Bat Festival. Wrong.
Despite more chilly temperatures on Monday afternoon at Town Creek Park, the Pirates kept their winning ways going with a 6-1 win over the Panama Razorbacks.
Poteau's home game this afternoon with Cameron at Town Creek Park has been moved up to a 3:30 p.m. start.
SPIRO â The week before Spring Break, the Spiro Bulldogs had a last-at-bat rally to down the Roland Rangers for a big road win. They were able to provide their fans a home version of one on a chilly, drizzly Saturday afternoon in the Class 3A Showcase.
A four-run sixth inning rallied the Bulldogs for a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Beggs Golden Demons.
On a chilly Friday night, the âDogs blanked the Wilburton Diggers 8-0.
Was it just me, or did Spring Break feel anything but spring? While covering games at the Poteau Wood Bat Festival and the Class 3A Showcase in Spiro, I felt like I was at football game it was so cold. By the way, I want to thank Spiro baseball coach Paul Croft for the heater in his team's dugout on Friday and Saturday. It helped keep my blood circulating!
However, be that as it may, Spring Break is over, and it's back to normal for the high school athletics spring seasons. It's hard to believe, but there are about eight weeks left!
County Seeding Meetings This Week
Some of today's softball games have been canceled due to cold temperatures.
Bokoshe's season-opening softball game at Cameron was postponed Monday due to not only cold weather but poor field conditions. Cameron coach Roy Butler said he was going to try to reschedule the game.
Today's three-game festival with Wister and Talihina at Pocola has been canceled due to cold weather. The games have not be rescheduled.
This afternoon's Heavener softball games have been canceled.
The host team for today's action, Sallisaw-Central, had to back out due to a funeral.
Despite winter-type weather conditions, the Wister Wildcats and the Whitesboro Bulldogs got to play their games in the two-day Union City Festival, which took place Thursday and Friday at several locations.
The Wildcats went 2-1 as they ended the two-day event with a 6-5 win over Lookeba-Sickles on Friday at Redlands Community College in El Reno. Wister's second game against Community Christian School was canceled.
On Thursday in Okarche, the âCats split their games, blanking Okarche 4-0 but losing 6-3 to Altus Navajo.