POTEAU—It has been a long time between wins as a head baseball coach for Poteau’s Andy Perdue.
The longtime Poteau assistant last won a game as a head baseball coach in 1988 in Prosper, Texas, until Friday in his first game as mentor of the Pirates, his team bashed Muldrow, 14-5.
That would be some 25 years of waiting for another chance. That opportunity came this year after Poteau elevated him to the head spot.
“It was an exhilarating feeling,” said Perdue. “It was fun and a long time waiting. I don’t think I got a wink of sleep last night.”
After Muldrow built an early 3-0 lead, the Pirates stormed back by scoring eight runs in the third as Michael Didway knocked in a pair of runs to get Poteau on the scoreboard and the inning continued as Kaydon Evans and Davey Bullard picked up key hits and Jace Pitchford slammed a double to score the final two runs of the inning.
The Pirates clinched the win with six more runs in the bottom of the fourth as winning pitcher Jay Werner knocked a double to score Roger Barcheers and Pitchford again capped the rally with a two-run double.
Werner pitched the first three innings to get the win before getting relief help from Didway and Barcheers.
“Our pitching was good,” Perdue said. “Jay was hitting 85 and 86 and hit 88 once.”
Despite the game being the opener, Poteau pounded out 11 hits in the win.
“Most of these kids have been out here since the end of football,” Perdue said. “We’ve gotten a lot of cuts and throwing in.”
Pitchford was 2-3 with the two doubles and three RBI. Barcheers was 2-3 and Grimm was 2-2. Evans and Bullard each knocked in a pair of runs.
Poteau’s game with Pocola on Monday has been postponed. The Pirates visit Stigler on Tuesday.