WILBURTON — The good news was the Poteau Pirates reached Saturday's title game of the Coal Miner's Classic, but the not-so-good news was they got to meet one of the best teams around in the Eufaula Ironheads who defeated the Pirates 10-2 in Saturday's title game.
The Pirates reached the title game with a 11-7 victory over the Muldrow Bulldogs Friday night.
The Heavener Wolves, the other LeFlore County team in the field, were eliminated in the consolation semifinals by the host Wilburton Diggers 4-3 in 11 innings on Friday.
The Pirates got their two runs in the fourth inning, but when the Ironheads got those two runs back in the fifth inning the game was ended by run rule.
In Poteau's win over Muldrow, the ’Dogs were their own worst enemy, committing 10 errors in the game.
The Pirates broke a scoreless tie with a 10-run second inning to take control of the game.
In Heavener's loss, the Wolves, whose road game Monday at Roland was canceled due to wet fields and will not be rescheduled, broke a 1-1, third-inning tie with two runs in the top of the 11th inning, but the Diggers came back with three in their half of the frame to snatch away with win.
Talihina 9, Coalgate 8: Saturday in Coalgate, the Golden Tigers rallied from a 6-1 first-inning deficit. Down 8-6 with only three outs left to play with, Talihina got an RBI single by Josh James and a two-RBI double by Austin Lawson to take a 9-8 lead in the seventh inning.
Poteau JV 12, Bokoshe 5: Friday at Town Creek Park, the Pirates jumped out to a 5-2 lead after an inning and were never headed.
Howe 7, Hartford, Ark., 2: Friday in Howe, the Lions won for the second straight game. Howe broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run second inning for a 3-1 lead.
Nathan Hill, Chase Blake and Linn Terry all had hits, while Hill, Blake and Alex Cross all had runs batted in for the Lions.
Talihina 17, Crowder 4: Friday in Crowder, the Golden Tigers trailed 1-0 after an inning but erupted for eight runs in the second inning to take an 8-1 lead and were never headed.