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We're back — diamond guys, dolls return; Fast-pitch softball, fall baseball begin today; 2012 Fall Diamond Tab coming out Saturday

August 7, 2012

Can you believe summer is over? For our fast-pitch softball and fall baseball players and coaches as well as yours truly, summer ends today as those two sports will begin today.
Listed at the bottom of this column is the schedule from today's games in both sports through next Monday's games.
For those of you new to the area, this column appears every Tuesday morning's edition. The column will talk about upcoming events, the ins and outs and ups and downs of the world of LeFlore County fast-pitch softball and fall baseball.
Each column will end with the next week's worth of games, from that day's games through Monday's slate of contests.
Also, the column will have a hitter and pitcher of the week in both sports, for which coaches may nominate. Nominations must be in by noon Mondays to make the weekly Tuesday Diamond Notes Column.
Just an FYI — The 2012 Fall Diamond Tab, which will have the preview stories of all the fast-pitch and fall baseball teams as well as schedules, will be in Saturday's edition. The special section will be printed Wednesday afternoon. So, if I haven't taken your team photograph yet or they haven't been emailed to me, they must be taken today and emailed to me by tonight.
If you need help in getting your team photographed, please contact me at (918) 647-3188, Ext. 30 (office) or (580) 341-8419 (cell) and I or one of my co-workers can come take the photograph.
While it seems like summer break flew by faster than ever, I'm looking forward to get the ball rolling — no pun intended — on the 2012-13 athletic season.
I wish all the teams the best of luck this fall on the diamond.
Early Tournaments
This week, the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets, the Pocola Lady Indians and the Spiro Lady Bulldogs will be in the Keota Tournament. Next week, the Howe Lady Lions will be in the Robbers Cave Shootout in Wilburton, while the Panama Tournament will be Aug. 16-18.
Schedule
Softball
Today
Poteau at Wister, 5 p.m.
Whitesboro at Panama, 6 p.m.
Vian and Red Oak at Heavener, 4 p.m. (Vian vs. Heavener, 4 p.m.; Vian vs. Red Oak, 5:15 p.m.; Red Oak vs. Heavener, 6:30 p.m.)
Arkoma, Cameron, Pocola, Spiro and Talihina at Keota Tournament: Arkoma vs. Spiro, 5:10 p.m.; Pocola vs. Keota, 6:20 p.m.; Cameron vs. Talihina, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday
Pryor at Poteau, 5 p.m.
Howe at Panama, 7 p.m.
Wister at Whitesboro, 5 p.m.
Sallisaw and Battiest at Heavener, 4 p.m. (Sallisaw vs. Heavener, 4 p.m.; Sallisaw vs. Battiest, 5:15 p.m.; Battiest vs. Heavener, 6:30 p.m.)
Arkoma, Cameron, Pocola, Spiro and Talihina at Keota Tournament, TBA.
Friday
Heavener and Broken Bow at Poteau, 4 p.m. (Heavener vs. Poteau, 4 p.m.; Heavener vs. Broken Bow, 5:30 p.m.; Broken Bow vs. Poteau, 7 p.m.)
Battiest at Howe, 6:30 p.m.
Arkoma, Cameron, Pocola, Spiro and Talihina at Keota Tournament, TBA.
Panama at Beggs Festival, TBA.
Saturday
Arkoma, Cameron, Pocola, Spiro and Talihina at Keota Tournament, TBA.
Monday
Poteau and Pocola at Spiro, 4 p.m. (Poteau vs. Spiro, 4 p.m.; Poteau vs. Pocola, 5:15 p.m.; Pocola vs. Spiro, 6:30 p.m.)
Panama at Talihina, 4 p.m.
Gans and Smithville at Heavener, 3:30 p.m. (Gans vs. Heavener, 3:30 p.m.; Gans vs. Smithville, 4:30 p.m.; Smithville vs. Heavener, 5:30 p.m.)
Arkoma and Howe at Robbers Cave Shootout, in Wilburton: Howe vs. Quinton, 10 a.m.; Howe vs. Porum, 11:10 a.m.; Arkoma vs. Porum, 1:30 p.m.; Arkoma vs. Weleetka, 2:40 p.m.
Baseball
Today
Wister at Cameron, 6 p.m.
Whitesboro at Clayton, DH, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday
Crowder and Battiest at Leflore, 4 p.m. (Crowder vs. Leflore, 4 p.m.; Crowder vs. Battiest, 6 p.m.; Battiest vs. Leflore, 8 p.m.)
Friday
McCurtain at Cameron, 6 p.m.
Whitesboro at Buffalo Valley, 4 p.m.
Wister at Red Oak, 3 p.m.
Leflore at Coleman Festival, TBA.
Saturday
Wister and Byng at Red Oak, noon (Byng vs. Red Oak, noon; Wister vs. Byng, 2 p.m.; Wister vs. Red Oak, 4 p.m.)
Leflore at Coleman Festival, TBA.
Monday
Leflore at McCurtain, DH, 4 p.m.
Whitesboro at Red Oak, 4 p.m.
Howe and Haworth at Smithville, 4 p.m. (Howe vs. Smithville, 4 p.m.; Howe vs. Haworth, 6 p.m.)
Editor's Note — Not all local high school softball and baseball schedules have been received by The Poteau Daily News. They can be faxed to (918) 647-8198. If any are received in the next few days, if there are any additional games which need to be added to this list of fast-pitch softball and baseball games, they will be added to the online version of this column.

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