Wildcats softball team playing for national title; Stix eliminated from World Series

The Wildcats softball team based out of Pocola was playing for the national title at the 10-and-Younger USSAA World Series on Friday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.The Wildcats, who lost in the winner's-bracket final 8-6 to the Ohio Starz from Newark, Ohio, beat the Starz 4-0 in the first title game to force the winner-take-all game for the national title.The ’Cats won their first two games in bracket play, beating the Sarasota [Fla.] Heat 5-2 and The Woodlands [Texas] Hotshots 4-0 before losing in the winner's-bracket final to the Starz.The Wildcats went undefeated in pool-play action earlier this week, beating Tsunami of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., 7-2, the Marietta [Ga.] Titans 5-0 and the Louisville [Ky.] Lady Sluggers 3-0.At the World Series in Branson, Mo., the Stix softball team saw its season end on Friday with an 8-3 loss to the Arkansas Base Burners.The Stix stayed alive Thursday night with an 11-1 victory over the Topeka [Kan.] Peaches.