When one looks at the 2012 LeFlore County Baseball Tournament bracket, one of the biggest things which is noticed is that there are only 11 teams in the field and not the customary 13.
The reason is quite simple.
This year's tournament host was Arkoma, but due to lack of facilities and staff members to staff two sites for the first two days, it had to give up on the chance to be the host school.
Last fall, the Fort Gibson Lady Tigers won the Class 4A Regional Tournament over the Poteau Lady Pirates on Poteau's home field to keep the Lady Pirates from making state.
Albeit in slow-pitch softball, the Lady Pirates avenged that loss â€” and in a big way â€” as they swept a doubleheader from the Lady Tigers by scores of 11-4 and 9-0 on Monday afternoon.
In the opener, the Lady Pirates trailed 3-2 in the second inning, but scored twice in the second inning and three runs in the third inning for a 7-3 lead after three innings.
STILWELL â€” The Heavener Wolves will return to district play at Fort Gibson on Friday with some momentum.
The Wolves won the Stilwell Tournament on Friday with a 5-0 win over the host Indians in the title game.
The Wolves won their first two games, beating Wagoner 3-0 and Tahlequah 2-0 on Thursday to reach the finals.
In the championship game, five different players scored for the Wolves (6-0). In the first half, goals by Rey Diaz, Miguel Alcantar and Luke Culpepper put Heavener ahead 3-0.
Jesus Benitez and Neftali Bravo each scored goals in the second half to ice the game.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. â€” The Carl Albert State College softball team had a good weekend as the Lady Vikings had a doubleheader sweep against Arkansas Baptist by scores of 10-1 and 12-8.
The Lady Vikings (10-24) had its home twinbill against archrival Eastern Oklahoma State College rained out Tuesday afternoon. The two teams will try again at 2 p.m. April 17.
The Lady Vikings will return to action at 2 p.m. Thursday in a home doubleheader against Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa.
There will be a Poteau OK Kids Prep Team tryout at 6 p.m. Thursdsay at Town Creek Park.
Those wishing to try out cannot turn age 16 before Jan. 1 to be eligible.
For additional information, call Stephen Billy at (918) 721-1004..
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Girls are needed to play for an age 12-and-younger softball team in the Green Country Softball League. Games will take place at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
The team will practice in Cameron.
For additional information or to register, call Mike House at (918) 658-5510.
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SPIRO â€” The Pocola Indians and the Leflore Savages staved off elimination in the 2012 LeFlore County Baseball Tournament with wins on Tuesday afternoon.
The Indians defeated the Bokoshe Tigers 12-0, while the Savages downed the Arkoma Mustangs 11-1.
Before the Indians and the Savages could meet, rain came and washed out the game.
The contest will be played at 11 a.m. Wednesday as Tuesday and Wednesday slate of games has been changed by Tuesday's rain.
Batten down the hatches. It's County Tournament time.
This week is the 2012 LeFlore County Baseball Tournament at Panama and Spiro through today, then just at Spiro from thereon.
Next week will be the 2012 LeFlore County Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex. The tournament bracket will appear in Saturday's edition.
(Editor's Note â€” Only non-County Tournament games will be listed, since the tournament bracket was in Saturday's edition.)
Buffalo Valley at Leflore, 4:30 p.m.
Bokoshe at Keota, DH, 4 p.m.
WILBURTON â€” The Carl Albert State College Vikings ended the weekend on a high note as they defeated the archrival Eastern Oklahoma State College Mountaineers 7-1 Sunday afternoon.
The game was to have been played on Saturday afternoon, but was moved to Sunday afternoon.
The Vikings will return to action at 2 p.m. this afternoon in a single, nine-inning game at Ival Goodman Field against Connors State.
Editor's Note â€” Look for Saturday's Carl Albert softball game story in Wednesday's edition.
WISTER â€” It took until about dusk on Saturday, but the Wister Wildcats were able to get the championship plaque of their own tournament.
Caleb Hill's two-RBI double in the ninth inning rallied the Wildcats to a 9-8 victory over the Red Oak Eagles in the title game of the Wister Tournament.
The â€™Cats made it to the title game by defeating the Talihina Golden Tigers 9-2 Friday night in the semifinals, right after the Eagles blanked the Whitesboro Bulldogs 10-0 in the first championship semifinal.
RED OAK â€” Last year, the Poteau Lady Pirates softball team won the Red Oak Tournament on a cold, almost-wintry night.
While it was summer-like conditions Friday night, the outcome was not the same in 2012 for the Lady Pirates, who lost 12-7 to the Red Oak Lady Eagles in the title game of this season's Red Oak Tournament.
It marked the second win on the day for the Lady Eagles over the Lady Pirates, who earlier beat Red Oak at home in eight innings. Red Oak beat Poteau 13-5 in the winner's-bracket final.