I made it through, folks!
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 WeekSince 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.ScheduleSoftballTodayBokoshe 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.ThursdayPoteau 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.FridayPoteau 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.SaturdayPoteau at OU Tournament in Norman: vs. Pauls Valley, 9 a.m.; vs. TBA, TBA.Panama at Tushka Tournament, TBA.MondaySpiro 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.BaseballTuesdayCameron at Howe, DH, 4 p.m.Buffalo Valley at Leflore, 4 p.m.ThursdayHowe Wood Bat Tournament.FridayHowe Wood Bat Tournament.SaturdayHowe Wood Bat Tournament.MondayWister at McCurtain, 4 p.m.