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Poteau girls beat Harrah in regional opener; Lady Pirate ace throws three-hitter against Harrah, strikes out 13 batters to get within 10 Ks of 300 for senior season

October 10, 2013

CLOSING IN ON 300 — Poteau senior softball pitcher RaeLynn Caldwell delivers a pitch during the Lady Pirates' annual "Pink-Out" game against Red Oak on Sept. 30. Caldwell struck out 13 batters and threw a three-hitter as the Lady Pirates blanked the Harrah Lady Panthers in the opening-round of the Class 4A Regional Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Bethel High School in Shawnee. The senior ace needs only 10 Ks to reach 300 for her senior year. PDN photo by David Seeley

SHAWNEE — The Poteau Lady Pirates softball team won its Class 4A Regional Tournament opener Thursday afternoon 4-0 over the Harrah Lady Panthers as senior pitcher RaeLynn Caldwell threw a three-hitter and struck out 13 batters.
The Lady Pirates (27-8) played regional host Bethel, which beat Seminole in Thursday's first game, in the winner's-bracket final Thursday night. The Poteau-Bethel winner will play for the regional title at 2 p.m. Friday, while the loser will play at noon Friday in the loser's-bracket final with that winner playing the Poteau-Bethel winner at 2 p.m. for the regional title, and a trip to the Class 4A State Tournament next week. The if-game is set for 4 p.m. Friday.
Caldwell (26-8) stands at 290 strikeouts for her senior year entering Thursday night's game vs. Bethel. She just needs 10 Ks to reach the magical number of 300.

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