Fillies collect four victories

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Laying down a perfect bunt is Iola High’s Molly Riebel, who beat it out for a single in the first game of a Southeast Kansas League doubleheader Saturday against Coffeyville. Iola swept the games at Riverside Park, 7-1 and 8-6.

Playing away then at home didn’t seem to phase Iola High’s Fillies this weekend.
The Fillies made a little Iola High history Friday playing at Independence. They picked up the first-ever 1-0 win for the Iola High softball program.
Alex Hill pitched almost a perfect game, facing 22 batters, one over the minimum for a seven-inning contest. She gave up one hit, a single to leadoff the second inning. She struck out 10.
The Fillies went on to deck the Lady Bulldogs 9-1 in the second game. That put in the books the first-ever sweep of Independence by Iola.
“Alex had two great pitching performances Friday against Independence. She and Kylie Taylor (Iola’s catcher) are working very well together,” said Vince Coons, Fillies’ head coach.
Lyndsi Faulhaber drew a base on balls to start the opener Friday. Megan Cook singled and Molly Riebel drove in the only run with a groundout.
Cook had two singles in the game. Riebel and Codi Ellis each had a base hit.
Kylie Taylor ignited a five-run second inning of the second game. Taylor led off the inning with an inside-the-park home run. Ellis followed with a single and ended up at third on two wild pitches.
Morgan Buchholz walked and Leah Weir and Kylee McKarnin reached on Independence errors. Cook had a one-out single. When the dust settled Iola led 5-0.
Up 5-1, Iola produced three more runs in the fifth inning. The Fillies added another run in the sixth.
Hill got the win as she allowed four hits and struck out six.
Cook had three singles in the game and Ellis had two base hits. Breail Thompson singled.
Iola nailed down two more wins Saturday afternoon playing at home. In a makeup doubleheader, the Fillies defeated Coffeyville Field Kindley High 7-1 and 8-6.
The four wins put the Fillies at 9-1 in Southeast Kansas League play. They are 10-2 overall.
Iola travels to Fort Scott, which leads the SEK at 9-0 and 10-1, this afternoon for a SEK showdown.
Iola had another strong defensive outing behind Hill in the first game Saturday. Hill allowed four hits and struck out seven as the Fillies played errorless softball.
Taylor, who was 3-for-3 in the game, opened the second inning with a double. Buchholz and Amanda Carr reached on errors. With one gone and one run in, McKarnin had a sacrifice fly for an RBI.
Iola added to its 2-0 lead with four runs in the third. Sigg reached on a dropped third strike and Molly Riebel beat out a bunt for a base hit. Ellis was safe on a fielder’s choice. Taylor drove in run with single.
With two gone, Carr singled and McKarnin delivered a two-run base hit. Faulhaber reached on an error. Iola put one more run up in the fourth for a 7-0 lead. Coffeyville plated one run in the seventh.
Taylor had two singles and a double. Carr hit two singles. Hitting a single each were Cook, Sigg, Riebel and McKarnin.
“Six errors by Coffeyville allowed us to really put pressure on their defense. The girls are executing well at the plate,” Coons said.
Coffeyville scored three runs in the first inning. Iola had three errors behind Leah Weir, a sophomore starting her first varsity game. Weir worked through it and got the win. She went six innings, allowed six runs on five hits and two walks. She struck out two.
Hill came on to work a 1-2-3 seventh to close the door.
Iola was behind 3-1 when the Fillies scored four times in the fourth. Coffeyville regained the lead by scoring three times in the fifth.
Cook and Riebel had back-to-back singles to lead off the sixth for Iola. Sigg delivered a three-run home run over the fence to put Iola back on top.
Hill came in to pitch the seventh. Cook made a “super” catch in left field for the second out.
Riebel was 4-for-4 with a double and three singles. Cook had three base hits. Sigg had the home run and a single. Weir doubled and Taylor singled.