Fillies beat Pittsburg

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Going into Thursday’s home doubleheader with Pittsburg High’s Purple Dragons, Iola High’s Fillies had an outside chance of at least a share of the Southeast Kansas League softball championship.
The Fillies had to win both games. They did. Chanute had to take at least one of two games against SEK-leading Fort Scott. They didn’t.
That leaves Fort Scott, which is done for the season at 12-1 in SEK play and 13-2 overall. Iola is in second at 12-2 and 13-3.
The Fillies are scheduled to host Parsons at 4:30 today for another makeup league doubleheader.
Iola and Fort Scott are in the same side of the Class 4A regional tournament bracket. If both teams win Monday, they will face each other in the semifinals at Garnett Tuesday.
Alex Hill pitched 50 innings of softball in a four-day period — Friday, Saturday and Monday. Hill was on the mound again Thursday and pick-ed up two more wins for the season.
Hill limited Pittsburg to two hits in a 4-1 win in the opener. She walked one and struck out six. The hits, the walk and the only error Iola had in the game came in the fifth inning when Pittsburg scored its’ run.
The Fillies scored three runs in the third. Kylie Taylor singled but Codi Ellis hit a fielder’s choice. Brandi Preston was hit by a pitch and Lyndsi Faulhaber drew a walk to load the bases.
With two gone, Jenna Sigg connected for a two-run double. Morgan Buchholz had an RBI single.
Iola produced a run in the sixth. Shelby Greenwood singled with one out and went to second on a wild pitch. Taylor drove in the run with a base hit.
Greenwood and Taylor had two singles each in the game. Sigg had a single and a double. Preston, Megan Cook and Buchholz had a base hit apiece.
Hill pitched four inning sin the second game, which Iola won 11-1 in five innings. She allowed one run on four hits and one walk and struck out three. Leah Weir pitched one inning and gave up one hit.
The Fillies were up 4-0 after three innings. A five-run fourth put the game out of reach. Iola took advantage of two Pittsburg errors and a wild pitch to plate three runs. Kylee McKarnin drove in two more with a single.
Iola added two runs in the fifth for the run-rule victory.
Molly Riebel was 3-for-4 with three singles. Sigg scored four runs and had a single. Buchholz hit a single and a double while Taylor and Ellis had two singles apiece.
Hitting a single each was Faulhaber, Cook and McKarnin.