McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

September 4, 2013

Weekend update: Second-ranked Savanna wins Pitt 8

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — Filling you in on everything that’s happened since Aug. 27. All scores reported to OSSAARankings.com.

CANADIAN:

Canadian’s softball season has finally gotten underway, but so far all the Lady Cougars’ games have resulted in double-digit losses. Canadian lost to Indianola on Aug. 27, 20-3, then again to Indianola in the Pitt 8 Tournament on Thursday, 15-0.

Canadian also lost to Kiowa in the Pitt 8, 16-1, then forfeited Friday’s game to Savanna. Canadian played Stuart and Kiowa on Tuesday, losing both games, 12-0 and 12-1 respectively.

CROWDER:

The Demons beat the Pittsburg Panthers on Aug. 27, 13-0. That kicked off a strong week in which the team went 3-1, saw its record improve to above .500 and earned a top-20 ranking in Class A baseball.

Crowder faced both Cameron and Okay in a three-way series Thursday, beating top-20 team Cameron, 4-1, and Okay, 10-0. Crowder lost to Stuart on Friday, 5-3, then played Kiowa on Tuesday before heading to Okay on Thursday.

The Demonettes went 1-2 at the Pitt 8 Tournament on Thursday. They beat Haileyville, 18-2, but then lost 14-2 to eventual champions Savanna and 14-1 to Kiowa in the third-place game.

Crowder lost to Wilburton on Saturday, 14-0, and to Tushka on Tuesday, 20-11. The Demonettes take a 5-11 record into Monday’s game against Stuart.

HAILEYVILLE:

Haileyville went 1-2 at the Pitt 8, falling to Crowder, 18-2, but beating Pittsburg to reach the consolation final, where it lost to Indianola, 7-4. That stretched the Lady Warriors’ losing streak to five games heading into Friday’s game against Kiowa, for which no score was reported.

The Lady Warriors play Kiowa on Thursday.

HARTSHORNE:

The Lady Miners have lost their last two games, falling to 2-6 overall. Hartshorne lost to Coalgate on Aug. 27, 3-2, and to Pocola on Tuesday, 8-0.

The Lady Miners host Wister on Monday.

INDIANOLA:

The Warriorettes got their first win of the season on Aug. 27, when they beat Canadian, 15-0. That began a 5-1 week that continued at the Pitt 8 on Thursday, where the team finished fifth.

Indianola recovered from a 13-0 loss to Stuart in the Pitt 8 preliminary round, beating Canadian in the consolation semifinals, 15-0, and then Haileyville in the consolation finals, 7-4.

The Warriorettes also beat Schulter on Friday, 11-1, and Calvin on Tuesday, 13-7.

Indianola’s baseball team hasn’t played since its 18-0 loss to Panola on Aug. 26.

KIOWA:

The Cowboys beat Clayton on Aug. 27, 7-4, but scores from their Thursday game against Stringtown and Tuesday game against Crowder have not yet been reported.

The Cowgirls lost to Stonewall on Aug. 27, 8-3, then went 2-1 at Thursday’s Pitt 8 Tournament. Kiowa beat Canadian in the first round, 16-1, lost to Stuart in the semifinals, 9-3, then beat Crowder in the third-place game, 14-1.

The Cowgirls lost to Stuart on Tuesday, 7-4, but beat Canadian, 12-1.

McALESTER:

McAlester softball has picked up three big district wins in the last week. The Lady Buffaloes beat Durant on Aug. 27, 9-7, then swept a doubleheader against Guthrie on Tuesday, 9-8 and 7-6.

In between those district wins, the Lady Buffs went 1-2 at the Shawnee Tournament. They beat Pryor, 2-1, but lost to Claremore, 6-3, and Coweta, 5-4.

The Lady Buffs next play four district games in a row, starting with a doubleheader at Tulsa Memorial on Saturday.

Lady Buffs volleyball, meanwhile, picked up its second win of the season on Thursday, beating Glenpool 3-1. It had lost to Tahlequah Sequoyah on Aug. 27, 3-0, and then lost at Wagoner on Tuesday, 3-0.

PITTSBURG:

The Panthers have yet to win a game this season, losing to Crowder on Aug. 27, 13-0, and to Braggs on Thursday, 8-3.

The Lady Panthers lost 12-0 to Savanna on Tuesday, then lost both of their games at the Pitt 8, including a 12-0 loss against Savanna in the opening round. No scores were reported for Saturday’s game at Kiowa or Tuesday’s game at Indianola.

QUINTON:

The Lady Savages have played five games in the last week but lost all of them, falling to 4-10 overall. In a three-way on Aug. 27, Quinton lost to Eufaula, 5-2, and Weleetka, 6-2.

Quinton also lost both games of Thursday’s three-way, falling to Cameron, 8-5, and Buffalo Valley, 12-1. Quinton lost to Stigler on Tuesday, 7-0, and next plays Panama at home on Monday.

SAVANNA:

Including a forfeit from Canadian on Friday, Savanna finds itself on a nifty little six-game winning streak. The Lady Bulldogs boast a 13-3 record and second-place ranking heading into Monday’s game at Latta.

The Lady Dawgs started their week by beating Pittsburg on Aug. 27, 12-0. The Lady Dawgs repeated that score in the first round of the Pitt 8 Tournament on Thursday, then beat Crowder, 14-0, and Stuart, 8-0, to win their fourth Pitt 8 Tournament in a row.

Following Canadian’s forfeit, Savanna beat Red Oak — the top team in Class B — 2-1 on Tuesday.

STUART:

The Hornets were ranked ninth in Class B as of Tuesday, but this past week hasn’t been their best. The team hosted Red Oak and Moss in a three-way on Aug. 27 but lost both games, 8-2 and 12-0, respectively.

The Hornets rebounded to beat Crowder on Friday, 5-3, but lost to Byng on Tuesday, 8-0.

The Lady Hornets picked up a big win against New Lima, the sixth-ranked team in Class B, on Aug. 27, winning 11-6. Stuart then went 2-1 at the Pitt 8 Tournament on Thursday, beating Indianola, 13-0, and Kiowa, 9-3, before falling in the championship to Savanna, 8-0.

Stuart softball also swept a three-way on Tuesday, beating Kiowa, 7-4, and Canadian 12-0. The Lady Hornets were ranked fourth in Class B as of Tuesday.

WILBURTON:

The Lady Diggers have gone 2-2 since Aug. 27, when they lost to Checotah, 7-1. They beat Spiro on Thursday, 7-0, and Crowder on Friday, 14-0, then lost to Coalgate on Tuesday, 14-10.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.