When Poteau Lady Pirate senior softball players Natalee King, Meagan Ryburn and Briley Benson were just sophomores, they made their first trip to the Class 6A Slow-Pitch State Tournament. By tonight, the terrific trio could end their high school careers with a third straight trip to state.
The Lady Pirates, who will face Broken Bow at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon at the Class 6A Regional Tournament in Muskogee, will make next week's state tournament as long as they do not lose twice today.
HEAVENER â€” Both Poteau Lady Pirates Coach Misty Collins and Heavener Lady Wolves Coach Rodale Sanders are hoping that the defensive miscues which happened in Tuesday afternoon's regional tune-up contest between their teams will not happen today in their respective regionals.
In a game which had 11 errors, seven of which were by Heavener, the Lady Pirates rallied in the seventh inning, then held on for a 11-10 victory.
SPIRO â€” A fast start enabled the Spiro Bulldogs to down the Panama Razorbacks 9-1 on Senior Day Tuesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs got things started with Slater Dunn's three-run home run for a 3-0 lead. Colton Gamble's two-RBI single later capped a five-run first inning for a 5-0 lead.
The â€™Dogs then added a single run in the second inning and three more runs in the third for a 9-0 lead.
The lone run for the Razorbacks came in the fourth inning on Trey Byrd's one-out, RBI single.
The Poteau High School soccer teams garnered a split with Hilldale in Tuesday's homecoming games at Costner Stadium to end the regular season.
The Pirates blanked the Hornets 8-0, but the Lady Hornets stung the Lady Pirates 4-0.
WARNER â€” The Carl Albert State College baseball team run ruled the Connors State Cowboys 16-5 in seven innings in Tuesday night's scheduled nine-inning game.
The Vikings will return to action at 1 p.m. this afternoon when they entertain Northern Oklahoma College-Enid in a doubleheader at Ival Goodman Field.
Editor's Note â€” Look for the story about Carl Albert's softball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Rose State College in Friday's edition.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” The Oklahoma City Thunder are almost to the 2012 playoffs and have solidified the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference behind the San Antonio Spurs. Thus, about the only thing left to play for is a better record than the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference just in case they meet in the NBA Finals.
The Thunder didnâ€™t come out with much on defense in the early part of the game, giving up 40 points on 82-percent shooting to the Sacramento Kings in the first quarter of Tuesday night's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
I had a phone conference two weeks back with two Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation officials and State Representative James Lockhart about the stopping of baiting in the Wildlife Management Areas. I said that I could not understand why hunter conflicts out west was changing the rules in the east because that was what the attendees were led to believe at the public comment meeting at the Kiamichi Technology Center about a month ago.
The good news was the Poteau Lady Pirates got one more home game this slow-pitch softball season. The not-so-good news was the visitors came and left victorious.
The Oktaha Lady Tigers led from start to finish as they defeated the Lady Pirates 5-4 Monday afternoon.
The Poteau Pirates ended the regular season in style with a 10-2, run-rule victory over the Spiro Bulldogs Monday afternoon at Town Creek Park.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning on a solo home run by Blake Roley, his seventh homer of the season.
Colton Harper's RBI double highlighted a two-run second inning for the Bulldogs, who took a 2-1 lead after two innings.
However, the Pirates stormed back in the third inning with a seven-run outburst, which was highlighted by Roley's RBI double, as Poteau took an 8-2 lead after three innings.
The Poteau High School soccer teams split their home games with Westville on Monday at Costner Stadium on Senior Night.
The Pirates mercy ruled the Yellowjackets 11-1, but the Lady â€™Jackets stung the Lady Pirates 3-0.