MULDROW — A late rally came up short for the Poteau Pirates in their 2012 baseball opener Thursday afternoon.
The Pirates suffered a 2-1 loss to the Muldrow Bulldogs, but almost pulled the game out.
Down 2-0 after four innings and being no-hit for five innings, the Pirates finally got some hits and their lone run.
Thanks to a pair of singles by Jake McMillin and Wilson Klutts, the Pirates were able to scratch across a run in the sixth inning as McMillin scored when Blake Roley's ground ball was booted by the Bulldogs to allow Poteau to cut the deficit in half.
But unfortunately for the Pirates, they left runners at second and third in the sixth inning and a runner at third in the seventh inning as they lost by a single run.
Panama 18, Arkoma 0: In Panama, Panama starter Gabe Harvin pitched a perfect three-inning game with five strikeouts.
The Hogs jumped out to a 9-0 lead on the Mustangs after one inning to put the game away, then scored eight runs in the second inning.
Panama's home game Friday afternoon against Hackett, Ark., was canceled since several players were at the Class 2A Regional Powerlifting Meet. Panama Coach Chris Gollihare said the game may be rescheduled if an open date can be found.
Cameron 8, Roland 1: In Cameron, the Yellowjackets got the season started in fine fashion, thanks to senior Austin Standridge.
Standridge got the win, pitching five innings, with six strikeouts, no runs and a hit.
The ’Jackets, who led 1-0 in the opening inning thanks to Standridge's RBI double, took charge of the game with a three-run third inning and a four-run fifth inning for an 8-0 lead after five innings.
Panola 13, Whitesboro 6: In Panola, the Bearcats broke a 5-5 tie with a two-run fifth inning and a six-run sixth inning to take a 13-5 lead after six innings.
Also, Whitesboro's Tuesday game with Wister has been canceled since the Wildcats just ended their basketball season Thursday night. Whitesboro Coach Bryan Cartwright said the game will be made up, but no date has been set. He also said that the ’Dogs are trying to find another team to play that day, but none had been found as of press time.
Editor's Note — Leflore's game at Hartshorne ended up being a scrimmage because when the Savages arrived, they found out the umpires backed out and did not show up. Leflore Coach Tony Marris said the game will not be rescheduled, and the Savages will open their season at 5 p.m Monday at home against the Quinton Savages, with the junior high game starting at 4 p.m.