For the first time in my four falls here at sports editor, there is no state tournament on the fast-pitch softball or fall baseball diamonds for LeFlore County. The Poteau Lady Pirates had the last chance, but for the third straight fall they lost in the regional finals to see their season end.
However, the Poteau season was still a very good one, amassing a 28-10 record, the team's fifth straight county title and 11th straight district title. Senior ace RaeLynn Caldwell eclipsed the 300-strikeout plateau this season during last week's Class 4A Regional Tournament.
However, if not for a little birdie a couple of weeks ago, I would not have been privy to one more accomplishment this season.
Poteau softball coach Misty Collins got her 300th coaching victory when the Lady Pirates beat Cameron in the winner's-bracket quarterfinals of the LeFlore County Tournament last month. While pleased on reaching the milestone, she said it couldn't have been done without the players she's had over the years.
“It's definitely the players I've coached that have made that possible,” Collins said. “This year's group was pretty special to me, so that just makes it more memorable.”
Don't forget coaches and parents alike to let me know if any of your seniors will be signing college letters of intent. If I'm notified at least 24 hours before, preferably 48 hours or more before, the signing is to take place, there's a good chance I can be at the ceremony for a signing story for that next edition that is put out. I can be reached by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or phone at (918)-647-3188 (office) or (580) 341-8419 (cell) or on Facebook — through a team's page or in direct contact with me.