MULDROW–Poteau got the tying plate to third base in the seventh inning, but could not score and fell to Muldrow in the season opener for both teams Thursday, 2-1.
Poteau only had two days of practice and one scrimmage to get ready for the opener.
The Pirates were held hitless by Muldrow ace Dawson Floyd until the sixth inning when Jake McMillin got the first hit of the year. Wilson Klutts followed with an infield single and McMillin scored on an error to cut the deficit to 2-1.
In the seventh, Kaydon Evans reached on an error and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Davey Bullard’s sacrifice bunt moved Evans to third. Stephen Smith lashed a hit which was just foul and the threat ended for Poteau.
McMillin was also the starting pitcher for Poteau and went five innings with nine strikeouts. He gave up two runs with only one earned. Klutts relieved McMillin in the second and pitched the final inning.
Poteau plays at Roland on Monday.