By CRAIG HALL
POTEAU–On a night of standout pitching, Poteau’s Brenna Vise was the top hurler.
The Poteau pitcher faced nine Howe hitters and got nine outs as she threw a perfect game in the Lady Pirates’ 15-0 win over Howe in a second-round game of the LeFlore County fast pitch softball tournament at the PARC Monday evening.
Vise had eight strike outs and the other out was recorded on a line drive in a game ended after three innings because of the run-rule.
While Vise had the best outing, she wasn’t the only pitcher to shine on a night when all four top seeds advanced to Tuesday’s winners bracket semifinals.
Panama hurler Taylor Eaves kept Wister’s batts in check and the third-seeded Lady Razorbacks managed a pair of runs in a 2-0 win over the Lady Wildcats.
Heavener, seeded fourth, and pitcher Logan Hinds had a shutout until the last inning but held on to edge Talihina, 6-3, while second-seeded Spiro built a comfortable lead before having to hold on at the end to down Pocola, 4-3.
In Tuesday’s semifinals, Panama will face Spiro while Heavener tangles with Poteau in a pair of games starting at 7:30 p.m.
During the early games Monday, Pocola crushed Whitesboro, 13-3, Wister whipped Bokoshe, 12-0, Howe downed Arkoma, 12-0, and Talihina advanced with a 9-1 victory over LeFlore.
Tuesday’s early games will be elimination contests. All games start at 6 p.m. and feature Wister against Arkoma, Pocola taking on LeFlore; Howe squaring off against Bokoshe and Talihina facing fellow southern county foe Whitesboro.