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POCOLA â€” It took a full three-game Class 2A District Tournament series to do it, but the Pocola Indians baseball team won their 11th straight district title. The Indians beat the Sallisaw-Central Tigers 8-3 Friday afternoon to win the best-of-3 series 2 games to 1 to advance to this week's Class 2A Regional Tournament.
The Indians broke a scoreless tie with a four-run third inning, then had three runs in the fifth inning to put them up 8-1.
Haworth 4, Talihina 3, 9 inn.; Haworth 8, Talihina 5: At the Class 2A District Tournament in Talihina, the Golden Tigers saw their season end at 15-15 with two losses on Thursday afternoon.
In the opener, the Lions scored once in the sixth inning to tie the game at 3-all, then scored the game-winning run in the ninth inning.
In the nightcap, Haworth jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening inning, but Talihina cut the deficit to 3-2 after an inning. However, that was as close as the Golden Tigers got as they were never able to get the game tied.
One major factor in the doubleheader loss was the fact that in the two games, Talihina had five innings in the 16 innings played in which they stranded the bases loaded.
Stuart 7, Leflore 0; Leflore 3, McCurtain 0; Leflore 11, Stuart 0; Red Oak 5, Leflore 0: In the Class B Regional Tournament in Red Oak, the season came to an end for the Savages (19-8), who went 2-2 in the two-day regional tournament.
In the regional-opening loss to the Hornets, Stuart pitching allowed only two hits to Leflore batters â€” a single apiece from Caleb Smith and Garrett Singleterry.
In Leflore's win over McCurtain, the Savages scored single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings.
In Leflore's win over Stuart, the Savages broke a scoreless tie with a three-run third inning and a three-run fourth inning for a 6-0 lead. After scoring once in the sixth inning, Seth Singleterry's two-run home run highlighted a four-run seventh inning to ice the game.
In the loss to Red Oak, the Eagles broke a scoreless tie with a single run in the sixth inning, followed by a four-run seventh inning.
In defeat, the Savages had only three hits â€” a single apiece by Smith, Hampton and Daniel Green.