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Rain postpones Wood Bat Festival again with updated schedule beginning this afternoon; UC, RO Festivals completely rained out; A Wister-Dale title-game rematch in works for Saturday

March 23, 2012

As feared, Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on the local sports scene this Spring Break week.
For the second straight day, the Poteau Wood Bat Festival's beginning was rained out. Games were to have begun on Wednesday, but were postponed due to rain.
The games were then pushed back a day at all sites, so there would be games at Poteau's Town Creek Park and Cameron Thursday, then games at both sites along with Howe's Lions Field on Friday and Saturday.
Then, more rain caused a total change of the schedule as some teams dropped out, and Lions Field was taken out of the mix as a site of games.
The plan was to have played a conventional three-way Thursday at Town Creek Park with the host Pirates, the Dickson Comets and the Stigler Panthers, then have five games at Town Creek Park and four games at Cameron today and conclude the event with four games Saturday at Cameron.
The new schedule of games will take place at both Town Creek Park and Cameron. Today at Town Creek Park, the host Pirates will play the Comets at 1 p.m., followed by Dickson and Stigler at 3 p.m., Muldrow and Hartshorne at 5 p.m. and Muldrow vs. Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside at 7 p.m.
At Cameron, the Yellowjackets will play Moss at 1 p.m., followed by Moss and Haileyville at 3 p.m., Panama and Haileyville at 5 p.m. and Panama and Sallisaw-Central at 7 p.m.
At this time, there are no Saturday games planned, but if there are changes to that plan the Saturday schedule will be put up at www.poteaudailynews.com.
Rain didn't just effect things in LeFlore County, but up near the Oklahoma City area as well.
The Union City Festival, which was to feature four games in two days for both the Whitesboro Bulldogs and the Wister Wildcats, was totally rained out and will not be made up.
However, the ’Cats are trying to get a Class 2A State Tournament title game rematch with the Dale Pirates for Saturday, if the Pirates can get their field ready by then.
Plans for the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets and the Howe Lady Lions to get some softball games in this week also were rained out as it forced the cancelation of the Red Oak Festival, which was slated to go today after being originally rained out Thursday. It will not be rescheduled.

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