Hilldale Hornets rally past Poteau Pirates; Late questionable calls hurt Pirates' comeback bid

In the Class 4A District Basketball Tournament last month at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, the Hilldale Hornets stung the Poteau Pirates. The visitors from Muskogee did the same thing Tuesday at Town Creek Park.Thanks to a five-run fifth inning and a two-run sixth inning, the Hornets rallied from a 7-1 deficit to down the Pirates 8-7.Trailing 7-1 after four innings, a two-RBI single by Jarrad Poteete, an RBI single by Dalton Cunningham and a Poteau error produced five runs to cut the Poteau lead to 7-6.The Hornets got the game-winning hit from Poteete in the next inning. His one-out, two-run blast over the center-field fence, his second homer of the season and of the game, put Hilldale up 8-7.Then, the Pirates got stung by a couple of questionable calls, both of which went in favor of the Hornets.With one out, three straight singles by Wilson Klutts and Blake Roley put runners at first and second. Mike Didway singled to center field. On the play, Klutts tried to score from second base. His head-first slide and the ball reaching Poteete, now catching for Hilldale, reached home plate simultaneously. On the bang-bang play, Klutts was ruled out for the second out of the inning. On the play, Roley and Didway each advanced a base to put runners at second and third.Poteau's next batter, Kaydon Evans, hit a ground ball to Hilldale shortstop Colby Mullens, whose throw to first baseman Seth Boling three-hopped. On another close play, Evans was ruled out, which ended the inning — and, more importantly, kept Poteau from scoring the game tying run on the play.The Pirates got a runner on base in the seventh inning, but could not get a rally going.