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The Poteau Pirates baseball team had quite a season this spring under first-year coach Andy Perdue. They won 29 games to set a school record, as well as setting team records in at-bats (1,000), runs scored (280), hits (341), runs batted in (215), doubles (77), sacrifice bunts/flies (47), walks (145) and stolen bases (149). The Pirates won the 32nd LeFlore County Tournament, won the Class 4A Regional Tournament and got to within a victory of the state tournament â€” losing 10-0 to Byng in the winner-take-all regional final on May 6 at Town Creek Park.
Coming as a complete surprise, the veteran coach was named the 2013 Southeastern Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year.
â€śIt was something that was very unexpected,â€ť Perdue said. â€śIâ€™m sitting there next to [Red Oak] coach Trey Booth, who just won his seventh straight state championship, and I get elected as Coach of the Year. It was very gratifying, and it was a nice end to a great season. Any coach will tell you itâ€™s not the Xs and Os, itâ€™s the Jimmys and Joes â€” itâ€™s the players.â€ť
To top it off, Perdue will coach not only one of the North All-Star Teams in Wednesday nightâ€™s All-Star Game Tryout at 7 p.m. at McAlesterâ€™s Mike Deak Field, he had two of his players â€” Jay Werner and Blake Johnson â€” make the team.