- Mini Penny
PANAMA â€” Two LeFlore County softball teams, the host Panama Lady Razorbacks and the Spiro Lady Bulldogs, found themselves two wins from reaching tonight's title game of the 2012 Lady â€™Back Classic.
Class 2A's defending state champion Lady â€™Backs posted a pair of shutouts on opening day Thursday night, blanking Sallisaw-Central 10-0 and Muldrow 7-0.
The Lady Bulldogs shut out Stigler 9-0, then beat Keota 8-3 to set up a meeting with the Lady Razorbacks Friday night to reach the winner's-bracket final later that night. That winner will reach the title game, which is slated for 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Red Oak and Savanna were in the other winner's-bracket semfinal Friday night, with the winner meeting the Panama-Spiro winner to get to tonight's championship game.
The Lady Eagles, who got an opening-round bye, shut out Heavener â€” which opened the tournament with a 10-1 win over Cameron â€” by a score of 9-0, while the Lady Bulldogs posted two shutouts â€” 4-0 over McCurtain and 9-0 over Pocola, which opened with a shutout of its own by a 4-0 score over Vian.
The other LeFlore County team in the field, Whitesboro, fell victim to a comeback by Muldrow, which rallied from a 7-3 deficit for an 8-7 victory in a battle of Lady Bulldogs.
Whitesboro played in a consolation opening-round game Friday afternoon, while Cameron, Heavener and Pocola were in consolation second-round games later that day.
Saturday's final day's worth of games were rained out, and will be rescheduled Monday afternoon and night. Pocola and Spiro will play at 4 p.m. as will Red Oak (which got knocked off 2-1 in the winner's-bracket semifinal by Savanna) and Keota. Those winners will play at 5:20 p.m., with that winner meeting Panama (which also fell to Savanna 2-0 in the winner's-bracket final on two unearned runs in the first inning) at 6:40 p.m. in the loser's-bracket final. The loser's-bracket final winner will meet Savanna at 8 p.m. for the championship, with the if-game at 9:30 p.m.