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Opening day brings an upset in County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament as Poteau, Talihina, Pocola, Panama girls reach winner's-bracket semifinals

September 12, 2012

Arkoma's Shaylea Whisenhunt, left, creates a dust storm as she slides under the tag of Heavener third baseman Mattison Place during the opening round of the 2012 LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament Monday at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex. Photo submitted by Angie Turner

For the most part, things went as planned on Day 1 of the 2012 LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament, which took place Monday at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
Three of the top four seeds, Poteau, Panama and Talihina, reached Tuesday night's winner's-bracket semifinals, but the other top seed, Wister, lost.
The Lady Pirates blanked Cameron 8-0, the Lady Razorbacks handled Heavener 8-1 and the Lady Golden Tigers beat Spiro 3-2 in a thriller. However, the Lady Wildcats fell 5-4 to the Pocola Lady Indians, who opened the day with a 10-0 win over the Bokoshe Lady Tigers.
In other opening-round games, the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets defeated the Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs 8-2, the Spiro Lady Bulldogs tamed the Howe Lady Lions 13-1 and the Lady Wolves got past the Arkoma Lady Mustangs 7-1.
Tuesday was mostly filled with loser's-bracket games, but the two winner's-bracket semifinals took place with Poteau meeting Talihina and archrivals Panama and Pocola meeting Tuesday night. In loser's-bracket action on Tuesday, Whitesboro met Heavener, Howe played Wister, Bokoshe faced Spiro and Arkoma squared off with Cameron. Heavener played Wister, while Spiro faced Cameron. After beating Heavener, Wister played Talihina in one loser's-bracket quarterfinal. The other loser's-bracket quarterfinal had Spiro, which defeated Cameron, facing Pocola.

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