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Sixth-inning rally lifts Poteau Pirates past Wister in OK Kids Midget Regional

July 4, 2012

THE HERO — Poteau Pirates OK Kids Midget baseball team player Keagen Neal, right, gets ready to be congratulated by teammate Tyler Singleterry after hitting the game-winning single in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Pirates beat the Wister Wildcats 4-3 Tuesday night at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex in the 2012 OK Kids Midget Tournament to stay alive in the event. The loss put an end to Wister's season. PDN Staff Photo by David Seeley

When you're the home team, sometimes that last at-bat is so important. Just ask the Poteau Pirates OK Kids Midget baseball team.
After the Wister Wildcats had broken a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning, the Pirates scored twice in their last chance in their half of the inning to earn a 4-3 victory in the loser's-bracket quarterfinals of the 2012 OK Kids Midget Regional Tournament Tuesday night at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
The Pirates will play the Vian Dawgs, a 21-5 winner over the Pittsburg Panthers in Tuesday's last game thanks to a 13-run first inning and three home runs including an inside-the-park shot, at 8 p.m. tonight in the loser's-bracket semifinals, with the winner playing at 6 p.m. Friday for a shot at making it to the championship game at 8 p.m. Friday.
The ’Cats opened action on the day with a 4-1 loss to the Silo Rebels, who will play the Texoma Lookouts, who got past the Dawgs 6-4 in Game 2 on Tuesday, at 6 p.m. tonight with the winner advancing to the 8 p.m. Friday title game.
Things looked good for the Wildcats against the Pirates. Down 2-0 after four innings, the ’Cats got a two-RBI triple by Cash Balentine to tie the game at 2-all.
Then, in the sixth inning, Wister's Jeffery Morris hit a solo home run to dead center field to give Wister a 3-2 lead.
In the home half of the sixth inning, Ben Klutts led things off for Poteau reaching on an error. After stealing second and third, he scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Keagen Neal hit a sharp, line-drive single into right field to produce the game-winning RBI, and keep the season alive at least one more day for the Pirates — and, conversely, end the season for the Wildcats.
Klutts got the win for Poteau, while Balentine suffered the loss for Wister.
In defeat, Balentine was 1-for-2 with a triple and two runs batted in, while Morris was 1-for-3 with a homer, an RBI and a run scored for Wister.
In Wister's loss to Silo, the ’Cats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Balentine doubled and scored on an RBI single by Morris, but that proved to be all the offense Wister could muster in this game.
The Rebels used a four-run fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead and get the win.
In defeat, Balentine, who suffered the loss, was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored for Wister.

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