McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

October 8, 2013

Midweek Update: Savanna and Stuart make State

By Matt Goisman
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McALESTER — Regional softball and baseball tournaments took place over the weekend. Savanna’s softball team qualified for its third consecutive 2A state tournament, while both Stuart’s baseball and softball teams qualified for State for the first time in school history.

Stuart’s baseball team qualified for its second Class B state tournament in a row.

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Coming off a loss at Savanna, Haileyville’s football team heads to Warner for Week 6 on Friday. The Warriors are 0-5 this season, their overall losing streak at 19.


Having shut out their second district opponent in a row, the Miners will host Hugo on Friday. With Hartshorne ranked second in the district and Hugo third, this game could go a long way towards earning Hartshorne at least a first-round home playoff game.


The Lady Buffs lost their final two softball games of the season, falling 7-6 to Sallisaw on Oct. 1 and 16-0 to Tahlequah on Thursday. The 14-20 Lady Buffs will head to Claremore on Thursday for Regionals, facing Skiatook at 2 p.m.

As Regionals are double-elimination, the Lady Buffs will need to win at least three games to advance to State. Claremore and Tulsa Memorial will be the two other teams at Regionals, playing each other at 12 p.m.

McAlester’s volleyball team played its Regional tournament at Tahlequah on Tuesday. The Lady Buffs played Tahlequah in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m., the winner facing the winner of Coweta-Skiatook at 7:30 p.m. for a trip to State.

McAlester’s football team will head to Tulsa on Friday to face winless Nathan Hale. Buffs coach Bryan Pratt said quarterback Dalton Wood will be in a boot this week after he suffered a high ankle sprain against Shawnee on Friday, so Caden Pratt will start at quarterback against Hale.

Caden Pratt started at QB against Hale last year, when the Buffs won, 56-14.


The 2-2 Quinton Savages head to Gore on Friday. Quinton is still looking for its first district win.


Savanna’s softball team dominated its Regional tournament at Ketchum, going 3-0. Savanna first beat Ketchum on Thursday, 10-0, then beat Wyandotte later that day, 8-4.

Wyandotte beat Ketchum in the losers’ final to get back to the championship Friday, but Savanna won again, this time 8-0, to return to State.

Savanna will play Tushka in the state quarterfinals on Thursday at the Ball Fields at Firelake in Shawnee — the site of the entire fast-pitch state tournament — at 1 p.m. A win could mean a semifinal against Wayne, which beat Savanna in the 2012 state championship, on Friday at 12 p.m., with the 2013 championship taking place Saturday at 3:45 p.m.

Savanna’s football team plays at Canadian on Friday. The Bulldogs are 4-1 overall and 1-0 in district play.


The Stuart Hornets started Thursday’s baseball Regional at Asher by beating Varnum, 5-3. Asher beat Moss in the other semifinal, then beat Stuart in the championship, 11-0, all on Thursday.

Moss beat Varnum in the loser’s semifinal on Friday, then Stuart beat Moss in the loser’s final later that day, 12-2, to qualify for State.

The Hornets will play Leedey in the state quarterfinals Thursday at 2 p.m. at Edmond North. A win means a semifinal against Red Oak or Olustee at Edmond Santa Fe on Friday at 6:30 p.m., with the championship taking place Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

The Lady Hornets also had to battle to get to State, but they pulled it off, starting with a 13-4 win against Mason on Thursday at Moss. Moss beat Oilton in the other semifinal, 17-0, then beat Stuart in the winners’ final on Thursday, 15-10.

Stuart came back Friday and beat Oilton, 5-0, to advance to the championship. Needing to beat Moss twice to get to State, Stuart won 11-1 and 14-5.

The Class B state fast-pitch tournament starts Thursday, with all games taking place at the Ball Fields at Firelake in Shawnee. Stuart plays Caney at 11 a.m., with a potential semifinal scheduled for Friday at 12 p.m. and the championship Saturday at 11 a.m.

Stuart hasn’t won a state baseball title since 1983. It hasn’t won a fast pitch tournament since 1964.


After losing 11-1 to Sulphur in Thursday’s first-round Regional game, Wilburton kept its postseason alive by beating Valliant in the loser’s semifinal, 6-5. That set up a rematch with Sulphur in Friday’s loser’s final, which Sulphur won, 7-4, to end the Lady Diggers’ postseason.

Wilburton’s football team will look for its first win Friday when it hosts Pocola.

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