Ledger/LCJ newsletter 4-23-2021

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SPORTS

Heavener’s Rayannah Ward is congratulated by Coach Rodale Sanders after hitting a 3-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, giving the Lady Wolves an 18-17 win over Poteau

LeFlore County scoreboard 4-22-2021

The LeFlore County sports scoreboard for Thursday.

Baseball

Keys 10, Heavener 8

Wister 17, Arkoma 0

Wister 26, Arkoma 0

Wister 10, Keota 0

Arkoma 15, Keota 0

Whitesboro 6, Poteau 5

Smithville 12, Bokoshe 0

Smithville 11, Bokoshe 0

Cameron 11, Oaks 0

Cameron 17, Oaks 0

Pocola 14, Wilburton 11

Talihina 14, Wewoka 6

Talihina 15, Wewoka 0

Slow pitch softball

Heavener 17, Poteau 7

Heavener 18, Poteau 17

LeFlore 15, Welch 11

LeFlore 27, McCurtain 4

LeFlore 22, Bluejacket 1

Antlers, 16, Cameron/Talihina 4

Coalgate 12, Cameron/Talihina 0

Soccer

Girls

Keys 4, Heavener 0

To report scores or information, text (918) 649-4712 or email craig@heavenerledger.com.

Lady Wolves, Ward defeat Poteau

If Thursday’s Class 5A tournament games against Poteau were the last time Heavener’s Rayannah Ward got to play at her home field, she made the most of it.

Ward homered four times, including a walk-off game winner in the first game, as the Lady Wolves overcame Poteau 18-17 in eighth innings and 17-7 in the second game to win the tournament and advance to the regional tournament next week.

Heavener improves to 26-7 while Poteau finishes its season at 6-14.

In the LeFlore County Tournament, Heavener won the first meeting over Poteau fairly easily, 15-3, but that wasn’t the case Thursday.

Poteau had scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning to lead 17-15 in the first game.

In the bottom half of the inning, pinch hitter Paisley Stacy got the rally started with a hit and Destiny McGee was intentionally walked, bringing Ward up to bat.

She made Poteau pay, hitting a home run to give the Lady Wolves the 18-17 win.

Haley Dean was 4-4 for Heavener with a home run and double while driving in four runs and scoring a run, Paige Crase went 4-5 with a homer, four RBI and a run, Ward was 3-4 with the home run, four RBI and five runs, Cayleigh McGee homered and finished 3-3 with four RBI and a run, Kinley Brand finished 3-5 with a double, run, and Destiny McGee homered and went1-2 with two runs and a RBI along with four intentional walks.

Game One

Heavener 18, Poteau 17

PHS 6 1 0 1 6 1 0 2—17 15 2

HHS 3 5 0 3 4 0 0 3—18 21 3

The second game wasn’t nearly as dramatic as Heavener grabbed the lead in the bottom of the first by scoring 11 runs after Poteau had six in the top half of the inning.

Ward added the three home runs and was 4-4 with seven RBI and four runs, Dean had another home run and went 4-4 with three RBI and a run, Cayleigh McGee homered twice and finished 3-4 with three RBI and three runs, Destiny McGee homered and went 2-3 with two RBI and a run, Crase finished 2-4, Brand had a 2-3 game with a RBI and run and McKinley Alexander went 2-3 with two runs and a RBI.

Heavener 17, Poteau 7

PHS 6 1 0 0 0—7 11 1

HHS 11 0 4 2 x—17 20 0

Keys rallies late to down Wolves

PARK HILL – Keys scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Heavener, 10-8, in a non-district baseball game Thursday afternoon.

The Wolves are 11-19 and scheduled to play at Central Sallisaw Friday. Keys improves to 11-6.

Heavener had grabbed an 8-7 lead in the top of the seventh as Gunnar McAlester singled, Trevor Grubbs walked and Angel Alvarez tripled to score the two runners. Zane Dewitt grounded out to shortstop to bring Alvarez home.

Noah Ward was 3-4 with a double, Alvarez finished 2-3 with a double, triple, five RBI and a run. McAlester finished 2-3 with three runs and a RBI and Bryce Early had a 2-4 game.

Hunter Edmondson pitched the first 4.2 innings, giving up six hits and six runs with five strikeouts and four walks. Alvarez threw the final 1.2 innings, allowing five hits and four runs with a strikeout and a walk.

Keys 10, Heavener 8

HHS 0 0 3 0 2 0 3—8 10 1

KHS 2 1 2 1 0 1 3—10 11 0

Wister sweeps games in district tournament

WISTER – Wister went 3-0 to win a Class A district tournament Thursday and advance to next week’s regional tournament.

The Wildcats opened with a 10-0 win over Keota before downing Arkoma twice, 26-0 and 17-0.

Wister, ranked fourth in Class A, improves to 22-4 and will play in a regional tournament next week.

In the opener against Keota, Wister won by run-rule after the top of the fourth.

Trey Krebbs pitched all four innings, giving up one hit while striking out 10 of the 12 batters he faced.

Isaac Carroll doubled and was 3-3 with two runs and a RBI, Will Hammons homered and went 1-3 with three RBI and a run and C.J. Halford doubled and finished 1-1 with two runs and a RBI.

Game One

Wister 10, Keota 0

KHS 0 0 0 0—0 1 2

WHS 7 0 3 x—10 7 1

The Wildcats had an easy time in the first game against Arkoma, scoring all 26 runs in the first two innings.

Hammons threw three innings and did not allow a hit while striking out seven and walking one.

Hammons doubled twice and was 4-4 with three RBI and two runs, Landon Thornburg hit a grand slam and doubled while going 3-3 with six RBI and three runs, Matt Holzhammer homered and finished 2-2 with five RBI and three runs, Tucker Wooten doubled and was 2-4 with two runs and a RBI.

Game Two

Wister 26, Arkoma 0

AHS 0 0 0—0 0 1

WHS 10 16 x—26 17 0

In the final game, Holzhammer threw a no-hitter over three innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks. Only one Wister error kept him from having a no-hitter.

Holzhammer hit another homer and was 2-2 with three runs and two RBI, Carroll tripled twice and went 2-2 with five RBI and three runs, Hammons finished 2-2 with two runs and a RBI and Thornburg doubled while going 1-3 with a run.

Game Three

Wister 17, Arkoma 0

AHS 0 0 09—0 0 1

WHS 8 9 x—17 12 1

Lady Savages claim district championship

LeFLORE – LeFlore’s girls won all three games to win a Class A slow pitch softball district tournament Thursday.

The Lady Savages defeated Bluejacket, 22-1, McCurtain, 27-4, before clinching the championship with a 15-11 win over Welch.

LeFlore is 20-10 and advances to a regional tournament next week.

Against Bluejacket, LeFlore scored all 22 runs in the first two innings.

LeFlore hit eight home runs in the blowout. Shadie Crase homered twice and was 3-3 with five RBI and three runs, Braxtyn McMillin also homered twice and went 3-3 with three RBI and three runs, and Lindsey Waits homered and doubled while going 3-3 with three RBI and three runs.

Kailyn Riles, Lori Cogburn and Alyssa Waits also homered.

Game One

LeFlore 22, Bluejacket 1

BHS 0 0 1—1 2 2

LHS 7 15 x—22 20 2

Against McCurtain, LeFlore had anther eight home runs. Lindsey Waits homered twice and was 4-4 with six RBI and four runs, McMillin went 4-4 with a double and home run, four runs and three RBI, Alyssa Waits doubled while going 4-4 with three runs and two RBI, Crase had an additional two home runs and was 2-4 with three RBI and three runs,  Makinsie Pebley, Cogburn and Harley Robinson also homered.

Game Two

LeFlore 27, McCurtain 4

LHS 5 15 7—27 27 1

MHS 4 0 0—4 6 4

The final game against Welch was the only competit9ive contest as LeFlore clinched the win by scoring seven runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Lindsey Waits homered twice and doubled while going 3-4 with five RBI and three runs. Crase, Pebley, Robinson and McMillin all homered, Jenna Woodall tripled while Cogburn and Bryson Brown doubled.

Game Three

LeFlore 15, Welch 11

WHS 2 0 4 0 0 2 3—11 15 0

LHS 2 0 1 3 2 7 x—15 16 4

OTHER STORIES

CASC modifies graduation ceremony

POTEAU - Carl Albert State College has modified the original decision to hold a virtual graduation ceremony, and instead will hold a series of in-person graduation ceremonies on May 8.

This ceremony will honor the spring 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021 graduates. The ceremonies will still be live-streamed though VikingTV, the college’s streaming platform.

The day will consist of four ceremonies to be held in Hamilton Auditorium, and will be open to graduates and guests. Each graduate will be allowed to bring two guests. 

Additional details about the ceremony, including times and logistics, will be released in the coming days.

Rain, storms expected for Friday

Friday will likely be a wet one as showers and thunderstorms are expected in LeFlore County.

The high will be 64 degrees with a low of 54 degrees. The best chance for rain is in the afternoon through the night.

Sunrise is at 6:36 a.m. with sunset at 7:57 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 63 with a low of 50. An additional .02 inches of rain was recorded, bringing the monthly total to 2.80 inches, still well short of the monthly average of 4.90 inches.

Average temperatures for April 23 are a high of 76 and low of 49. Records for the date were a high of 86 in 1972 and a low of 32 in 1982.

Calendar of events

The LeFlore County calendar of events lists the upcoming events in the area. This is a free service so if you or your group have an event coming up and would like it added to the calendar, please send an email to craig@heavenerledger.com.

Friday

Funeral service for Mary Evelyn Heavener

Funeral service for Donna LaRosa

High school baseball: Heavener at Central; Northside at Poteau; Wilburton at Panama; Spiro at Salina Tournament; Atoka at Talihina; Stilwell at Pocola.

High school soccer: Wagoner at Poteau

Saturday

High school baseball: Howe vs. Exeter, Missouri at Arvest Ballpark in Lowell, Arkansas; Spiro at Salina Tournament

Golf: Poteau boys at Fort Gibson Tournament (Sequoyah State Park)

College baseball: NOC (Tonkawa) at CASC

College softball: CASC at Murray State

Monday

LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

High school baseball: Heavener at Whitesboro; Wister at Muldrow; Spiro at Poteau; Vian at Panama

High school softball: Heavener, Stilwell at Gore; Poteau at Wister.

Tuesday

Jakes for Jesus youth turkey hunting event

High school softball: Howe at Wister

Golf: Poteau girls at regional tournament

College baseball: CASC at Eastern

Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC

Wednesday

Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC

Thursday

Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’

Golf: Pryor Tournament (Pryor Creek)

College baseball: CASC at UA Rich Mountain

Poteau Chamber of Commerce banquet Donald W. Reynolds Center

Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59 North