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PANAMA â€” The Panama Boomers OK Kids Midget baseball team was hoping to get to tonight's championship game of the 2012 Regional Tournament at Willie Darneal Field. If they do, the Boomers will have done it the hard way.
The Boomers lost 5-2 to the Stilwell Indians in Thursday night's winner's-bracket final. The loss put the Boomers into Friday night's loser's-bracket final, which they had to win to make it to today's 4:30 p.m. title game.
The other LeFlore County team in the field, the Poteau Outlaws, stayed alive at least until Friday. The Outlaws blanked the Madill Cats 8-0, and they faced the Asher Indians â€” a 3-2, seven-inning winner over the Okemah Panthers Thursday night â€” in the loser's-bracket semifinal, with the winner slated to meet the Boomers right afterward.
In Panama's loss to Stilwell, things began good as Jacob Mantooth scored on a wild pitch in the second inning to put the Boomers ahead 1-0.
However, the Indians took the lead for good in the third inning on two wild pitches and an RBI single by Joe Risley as Stilwell led 3-1.
A Stilwell error in the home half of the inning allowed Braden Black to score to cut the deficit to 3-2 after three innings, but that was as close as the Boomers got.
Stilwell scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to seal the deal.
In Poteau's win, the Outlaws had a pair of four-run innings, in the first and fifth innings.
The four-run first inning was more than enough run support for Poteau starting pitcher Rowdy Downs, who struck out six Madill batters.
For the game, Jordan Terry was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, while Brant Denton â€” who made two sparkling plays at shortstop â€” was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in for the Outlaws in their win over the Cats, last year's defending OK Kids PeeWee State Champion.