By CRAIG HALL
POTEAU—Poteau spotted Heavener a couple of early runs before the Pirates came storming back to win, 14-4, here Thursday afternoon.
Heavener grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on only one hit. Poteau responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning and the Pirates never trailed again. Gary Price’s single to bring in two runs was the big hit for Poteau.
Poteau took advantage of a pair of errors by Heavener in the second inning to up the lead to 7-2 and added another run in the third after a leadoff double by Kade McMillin and a single by Dayton Martinez.
The Pirates batted around in the fourth inning and added four more runs with Jordan Collins knocking in a pair of runs on a single.
Heavener scored twice in the top of the fifth to try and avoid the run-rule. Grant Shipman and Hunter Tiffee both singled to open the inning. After the Wolves hit into a double play, Connor Place knocked in one run with a single before Corry Duncan’s double brought in Place.
Poteau put the game away in the bottom of the fifth, getting four straight hits to finish off the game. Ben Klutts singled to start the inning, Justice Goldman followed with a single before McMillin and Price both singled to bring in runs.
Klutts was 3-4 with four runs scored for the Pirates, Price was 3-4 with four RBI and McMillin went 3-3 with a pair of runs scored. Winning pitcher Roger Barcheers and Hunter Bradshaw also had a pair of hits for Poteau.
Shipman and Place both were 1-3 with a run scored and a RBI for Heavener.
Barcheers went 4.2 innings to get the win for Poteau with relief help from Klutts. Barcheers gave up five hits while striking out five. Duncan was the losing pitcher for Heavener.
The Pirates improve to 8-2 while Heavener drops to 4-4.
Heavener is back in action on Friday at Pocola.