HOWE — The good news for three LeFlore County baseball teams, they will be in the championship semifinals this afternoon at the Howe Wood Bat Classic at Lions Field. A fourth team, the host Lions, will play for the consolation championship at noon today.
However, the big winner so far, as it has so many times, is the weather as rain once again has played havoc with the annual fall baseball event.
Rain caused problems on both of the first two days of the event. On Friday, the consolation semifinal between McCurtain and Clayton was stopped by rain after five innings with Clayton winning 7-5 over McCurtain in a battle of Bulldogs to advance to this afternoon's consolation championship against Howe, which got there by a forfeited win over the Leflore Savages, who forfeited out of the tournament because school officials would not allow them to return after their opening-round game with Whitesboro was rained out on Thursday.
On opening day, Thursday afternoon's rain showers canceled the final three games of the opening round. Only the first game of the day took place as the Cameron Yellowjackets rallied to down the host Lions 10-7.
The other three opening-round games were slated for Friday, with Wister blanking Clayton 10-0, Smithville beating McCurtain 9-6 and Whitesboro getting a forfeited win over Leflore.
On the championship side of things, Cameron and Whitesboro will play at 2 p.m. this afternoon, followed by Wister and Smithville at 4 p.m. The winners will play for the championship at 8 p.m. tonight, while the losers will play at 6 p.m. for third place.