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I made it through, folks!

September 3, 2013

Well, I got through these past two to two-and-a-half weeks of perhaps the most strenuous work I've done in my nearly quarter of a century of being a sports writer.
I knew way back at the start of August that I was going to be in for it when I saw that the 2013 Fall Diamond Tab and the 2013 LeFlore County Gridiron Preview were going to come out in back-to-back weekend editions. I knew that it was going to be about a two-week stretch of time, or really a two-and-a-half-week stretch, where it was going to be non-stop work on both — sometimes even working on both sections in the same day. The week that fast-pitch softball, fall baseball and football practice started, I worked 71 hours that week so it would make for a less stressful next two weeks — which it did.
However, now it's all over, and I can do what I like doing — covering ball games. So, from here on, my goal is to be at a game a day, whether it be a fast-pitch softball contest or a fall baseball one.
Howe Wood Bat Tournament Week
Since we're closing in on the first full weekend of September, that can mean only one thing — it's Howe Wood Bat Tournament week.
This year's event will begin Thursday and end on Saturday with the title game. I'll run the bracket in Thursday's edition.
Schedule
Softball
Today
Bokoshe at Howe, DH, 5 p.m.
Cameron at Pocola, 4 p.m.
Spiro and Panola at Whitesboro, 4:30 p.m. (Spiro vs. Whitesboro, 4:30 p.m.; Spiro vs. Panola, 5:45 p.m.; Panola vs. Whitesboro, 7 p.m.)
Keota at Arkoma, 4 p.m.
Panama at Oktaha, 4 p.m.
Wister at McCurtain, DH, 2 p.m.
Thursday
Poteau at OU Tournament in Norman: vs. Wayne, 5:30 p.m.; vs. Westmoore, 7:15 p.m.
Bokoshe at Wister, DH, 4 p.m.
Cameron at Howe, 4 p.m.
Talihina and Sallisaw-Central at Heavener, 4 p.m. (Talihina vs. Heavener, 4 p.m.; Talihina vs. Sallisaw-Central, 5:15 p.m.; Sallilsaw-Central vs. Heavener, 6:30 p.m.)
Leflore at Indianola, 5 p.m.
Pocola at Keota, 4 p.m.
Friday
Poteau at OU Tournament in Norman: vs. Berryhill, 1:30 p.m.; vs. Jenks, 3:15 p.m.
Howe and Clayton at Whitesboro, 5:30 p.m. (Clayton vs. Whitesboro, 5:30 p.m.; Howe vs. Clayton, 6:30 p.m.; Howe vs. Whitesboro, 7:30 p.m.)
Pocola and Buffalo Valley at Wister, 4 p.m. (Pocola vs. Wister, 4 p.m.; Pocola vs. Buffalo Valley, 5:15 p.m.; Buffalo Valley vs. Wister, 6:30 p.m.)
Panama at Tushka Tournament, TBA.
Saturday
Poteau at OU Tournament in Norman: vs. Pauls Valley, 9 a.m.; vs. TBA, TBA.
Panama at Tushka Tournament, TBA.
Monday
Spiro and Sallisaw at Poteau, 4 p.m. (Spiro vs. Poteau, 4 p.m.; Spiro vs. Sallisaw, 5:15 p.m.; Sallisaw vs. Poteau, 6:30 p.m.)
Cameron at Arkoma, 4 p.m.
Heavener at Howe, 4 p.m.
Muldrow at Pocola, 4:30 p.m.
Smithville at Talihina, 4 p.m.
Panama at Quinton, 4 p.m.
Wister at Hartshorne, 4 p.m.
Baseball
Tuesday
Cameron at Howe, DH, 4 p.m.
Buffalo Valley at Leflore, 4 p.m.
Thursday
Howe Wood Bat Tournament.
Friday
Howe Wood Bat Tournament.
Saturday
Howe Wood Bat Tournament.
Monday
Wister at McCurtain, 4 p.m.

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