By CRAIG HALL
POTEAU—Hilldale’s baseball team came to Poteau Tuesday undefeated and left with a perfect record.
The Hornets, now 4-0, got a big day from catcher Jarrad Poteete and rallied from six runs late while benefitting from a couple of close calls in the bottom of the sixth to down Poteau, 8-7.
Poteete was the starting pitcher and lasted until the second inning before being relieved by Devin Riede after an injury.
While Poteete had to leave the mound early because of an illness, he had no problems at the plate, bashing two long homers including the go-ahead two-run shot in the top of the sixth to right center to give Hilldale an 8-7 lead after trailing 7-1 going into the top of the sixth.
Poteau rallied in the bottom of the sixth behind consecutive singles by Wilson Klutts, Blake Roley and Michael Didway.
Klutts appeared to beat the throw to score the tying run, but was ruled out at home for the second out of the inning.
With two outs and runners at second and third, Kaydon Evans hit a grounder that was fumbled and appeared to beat the throw to first, but was also called out to end the inning and leave Hilldale up by a run.
The Hornets survived an error and a hit in the seventh by Davey Bullard to escape with the win.
Poteau almost doubled up Hilldale’s hit total (13-7), but gave up seven walks and committed a couple of errors.
The Hornets scored five runs in the top of the fifth to get back into the game with only three hits.
Poteau still led before Poteete’s smash in the sixth gave the Hornets the one-run lead. He also put Hilldale on the scoreboard with a solo homer to left-center field in the third.
The Pirates scored one run in the first and added four in the second behind hits by Jace Pitchford, Jake McMillin, and doubles by Klutts and Roley.
McMillin was the starting pitcher for Poteau and pitched into the fifth before being relieved by Pitchford.
Klutts came on in the sixth and got the loss to drop to 2-1.
Klutts and Roley had big games at the plate. Klutts was 4-4 with two RBI while Roley was 3-4.
Poteau, now 2-3, is back in action Thursday at home against Castleberry, Texas at 3 p.m.