Bristol signs to play OU baseball

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Iola’s Mark Bristol (left) recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Ottawa University next year. On hand for the signing was OU’s head baseball coach Joe Reed.

OTTAWA — Iola High’s Mark Bristol signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Ottawa University.
Bristol was Iola High’s starting center fielder this spring. He also pitched for the Mustangs.
“Mark is a competitor both on the mound and in the outfield,” said Joe Reed, Ottawa University head baseball coach.
“He is another left-handed pitcher who will complement our pitching staff well.”
Bristol, who earned All-Southeast Kansas League second team honors as a senior, was second on the team with a .364 batting average and 20 hits. He led the team in runs scored with 21.
Bristol drove in 12. He had four doubles and two home runs. He was 9-for-10 in stolen base attempts to lead the Mustangs and he led them in walks with 14.
On the mound, Bristol went 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA. He allowed 20 hits, walked 13 and struck out 21 in 17 innings.
Bristol is currently playing for the Iola American Legion AA baseball team. He earned first team All-AA Legion honors in 2008. As a sophomore, Bristol helped the Iola Indians to a fourth-place finish at the Kansas American Legion state tournament.
“Mark displays a solid understanding of the game and will push everyone around him to be better,” Reed said. “Mark has a great attitude and will be a valuable asset to the Braves baseball program and to Ottawa University.”
Bristol is the son of Steven Conger of Iola. He plans to major in secondary education.