By CRAIG HALL
HOWE—Poteau broke out new shirts for Friday’s baseball game with Wister.
Baseball is a superstitious game and since the Pirates won, they wore them again on Saturday in the championship game of the 2015 baseball LeFlore County Tournament.
Poteau improved to 2-0 in the new attire, although not in nearly as dramatic fashion.
The Pirates got a monster game from Ben Klutts as they won the LCT for the second time in three years with a 11-0 win over Wister.
Klutts allowed one hit in four innings pitching, was 3-3 at the plate with a grand slam and a double while driving in six runs.
Gary Price ended the game via the run-rule in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run blast to right for the final margin.
After the two teams played the best game of the tournament on Friday night (see STORY) with Poteau scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth to win, 11-10, a large crowd turned out hoping to watch another classic.
But Poteau, which was seeded second in the tournament behind Wister, scored two runs in the first inning on Klutts’ single to take the lead and added five more in the second on his grand slam to left to pretty much put the game away early.
Plus, the Wildcats struggled at the plate. Koby Midgley singled with one out for Wister in the first inning for his team’s only hit of the game.
Jesse Hammons was hit by a pitch in the second inning and Adrian Gonzales got on by an error in the fourth for Wister’s only base runners.
Klutts struck out three and aside from the one error, got solid defensive play behind him.
Every starter for the Pirates got at least one hit. Roger Barcheers, Kade McMillin and Klutts each scored a run and every starter but one scored a run.
Wister moved into the championship game earlier in the day with a 12-8 win over defending LCT champion Spiro in an elimination game.
The Wildcats put the game away in the sixth inning as Jake Sconyers smashed a three-run shot over the left-field fence to up their lead to four runs. Kolton Lynn came in a day after leaving the Poteau game after getting spiked in the nose and getting 14 stitches to retire Spiro in order in the top of the seventh to end the contest.
Wister batted around in the first inning to take a 5-0 lead. Spiro battled back and scored three runs in both the fourth and fifth inning to take a 6-5 lead.
The Wildcats responded in the bottom of the fifth by scoring four runs to regain the lead as the big blows were two straight doubles by Hammons and Walker Newton.
Spiro trimmed the lead to 9-8 in the top of the sixth behind a two-run home run by Jason Hickman before Wister put the game away in the bottom half of the inning.
Cash Balantine went the first six innings for Wister and got the win with Lynn getting the save. T.J. Hayes, who won two games in the tournament for the Bulldogs, took the loss after relieving Dru Didway.
Lynn was 2-2 batting with two RBI and a run scored. Hammons was 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored, Newton was 2-3 with two RBI and two runs scored and Sconyers was 1-3 with three RBI and three runs.
Alex Demato was 3-4 with a run scored for Spiro while Hickman finished 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored for Spiro. Nick Hatfield went 2-4, scored twice and knocked in a run while Garrett Carter had a 2-3 game with two RBI and a run scored.