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July 2, 2014

Little League wins four state titles

PCLL Majors advance to Regionals

McALESTER — Pittsburg County Little League arrived in Tulsa on Friday with teams competing in all eight divisions of the 2014 Oklahoma Little League World Series.

It left Tuesday night with four state championships and a ticket to Regionals.

The PCLL 12-and-under Majors team won a state championship and a berth in the Southwest Regional tournament Aug. 1-6 in Waco, Texas, and three other PCLL teams also won their divisions to wrap the most successful season in PCLL history.

Pittsburg County entered the Majors tournament as the top seed and quickly proved it deserved that honor with a 13-3 win against Tulsa in the semifinals Saturday. Tulsa beat Cherokee County in the consolation final Sunday to set up a rematch against Pittsburg County in the championship.

Tulsa bested Pittsburg County 9-1 in Monday’s first championship, but Pittsburg County recovered to win Tuesday’s “if game” 20-19 and send PCLL to its first regional tournament since 2011.

In the 6U progressive t-ball division, PCLL steamrolled its way to three consecutive victories and a state championship. Pittsburg County beat Tulsa 12-9 in the first round, Cherokee County 15-7 in the semifinals and Tulsa again 12-6 in Sunday’s championship.

Pittsburg County coach and McAlester News-Capital photographer Kevin Harvison said his team never needed more than four innings to put up so many runs. The wins came despite several players getting sick in the middle of the tournament.

“They want to play,” Harvison said. “They want to be better.

“That mentality, that drive to be better within themselves, is what did it. Seeing that as a coach, you just go ahead and feed their enthusiasm to play.”

Harvison said it was his first state championship as either a coach or a player.

The 7U coach pitch PCLL team also scored in double digits and went undefeated to win a state championship. The top seed in the 7U tournament, PCLL beat the Tulsa All Stars 16-6 in Saturday’s semifinal and then beat the Tulsa Titans 15-2 in the championship.

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