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Riverdawgs outlast Russellville in 12 to win Katzer Tournament opener; locals will play for title tonight, followed by home opener Sunday afternoon against Bartlesville at Pocola High School

June 9, 2012

DIDWAY'S DELIVERY — Eastern Oklahoma Riverdawgs pitcher Tyler Didway of Spiro, who signed last month with Carl Albert State College, delivers a pitch during Thursday's game against Russellville, Ark., in the Maurice Katzer Tournament at Hunts Park in Fort Smith, Ark. Photo by Regina Thompson

FORT SMITH, Ark. — It took 12 innings, but the Eastern Oklahoma Riverdawgs Major American Legion baseball team won its Maurice Katzer Tournament opener.
The Riverdawgs scratched across a run in the 12th inning to down Russellville, Ark., by a score of 7-6 Thursday night at Hunts Park.
The ’Dawgs (4-5) were to play Midwest Friday afternoon, then they will play in the championship game at 6 p.m. tonight at Hunts Park.
Spiro's Jeff Walden hit a Texas-League bloop RBI single in the 12th inning to score Spiro's Shane Thompson with the game-winning run.
After the tournament tonight, the Riverdawgs will have their home opener on Sunday as they welcome Bartlesville to Pocola High School's baseball field for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

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