Poteau, Panama girls reach winner's-bracket final at LCT; 2012 fast-pitch champion will be crowned by end of the night

The LeFlore County Tournament, no matter what sport, can bring both joy and heartache. On Day 2 of the 2012 LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament Tuesday at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex, there was definitely some of both.For instance, the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers were within a hit of knocking off the top seed, the Poteau Lady Pirates, in one of the winner's-bracket semifinals. Instead, that hit did not come, and an extra inning was needed — since the game went past its alloted time limit.In that extra inning, the Lady Pirates erupted for 10 runs to win 13-3 over the Lady Golden Tigers — who not only experienced that heartache, but experienced another one right afterward as they were eliminated 4-2 by the Wister Lady Wildcats.Another instance befell the Pocola Lady Indians, but this time just the opposite happened. Facing elimination by the Spiro Lady Bulldogs after falling in the other winner's-bracket semifinal 4-0 to the Panama Lady Razorbacks, the Lady Indians were in their last at-bat as the time limit was in effect. The Lady Indians, down 2-0 to the Lady Bulldogs, not only got the game tied to force an extra inning, but they won it in the following inning to rally for a 3-2 victory over Spiro to reach this afternoon's loser's-bracket semifinal against Wister.Poteau and Panama are in the driver's seat as both will meet for the first time since Aug. 28 marathon game in Poteau at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon in the winner's-bracket for the right to play for the county championship at 7:30 p.m. tonight.Pocola and Wister will play at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon in the loser's-bracket semifinal, with the winner meeting the Poteau-Panama loser at 6 p.m. in the loser's-bracket final to face the Poteau-Panama winner for the county title.The Lady Wildcats had the roughest road of any team on Tuesday, having to win three games to stay alive for today's final day of action. Before Wister downed Talihina, the Lady ’Cats defeated Howe 8-2 and Heavener 8-1.In Tuesday's consolation opening-round games, Heavener defeated Whitesboro 9-1, Spiro handled Bokoshe 17-2 and Cameron doubled up Arkoma 6-3.Spiro blanked Cameron 5-0 before losing to Pocola.