Fillies hand Tigers first SEK loss

Register Sports Editor

FORT SCOTT — It would have been so easy just to fold. They just lost a heartbreaker 3-2 in 16 innings to the top team in the Southeast Kansas League.
But Iola High’s Fillies didn’t fold. They played on and won.
Another seven innings of softball Monday night and the Fillies handed Fort Scott High’s Tigers their first SEK loss. Iola defeated Fort Scott 4-2 in the second game of a marathon doubleheader.
“Alex Hill showed exceptionally strong, pitching 23 innings of solid softball. The first game was tough to lose but the girls fought through numerous game-winning situations,” said Vince Coons, Fillies’ head coach. “Fort Scott always kept the pressure on.
“The team held together for a great second game. The girls did a great job in the seventh inning when Fort Scott had bases loaded and no outs.”
Iola led 4-2 and the Tigers had loaded the bases. The Fillies got a force out, then Molly Riebel caught a fly ball to center and threw back to second base to double off a Fort Scott runner to end the game.
Hill gave up nine hits in the second game and walked one. She struck out six Fort Scott batters in the win.
The Fillies scored twice in the first inning. With one out, Lyndsi Faulhaber, who was 3-for-3, singled and scored on a triple by Megan Cook. Jenna Sigg’s groundout brought in Cook.
In the third inning, Faulhaber singled then with two out, Morgan Buchholz reached on an error. Kylie Taylor had an RBI single.
Fort Scott scored twice in the sixth inning.
Faulhaber had three singles. Cook hit a triple and a single while Sigg and Taylor each had a base hit.
In the 16-inning first game, the Fillies scored in the first inning. Sigg reached on an error and Cook had a single. Two wild pitches by Fort Scott allowed Sigg to score.
The Tigers took the lead with two runs in their half of the first inning. The Fillies tied the game in the fourth.
With one out, Amanda Carr singled and stole second base. Codi Ellis delivered an R BI single. Iola had two on and no outs in the seventh but couldn’t move a runner around to score.
The teams were deadlocked at 2-all at the end of regulation seven innings. They played nine more innings before the Tigers took advantage of two Iola errors and a single to score the winning run in the 16th.
Sigg and Riebel each had two singles. Hitting a single apiece were Cook, Buchholz, Carr, Ellis and Hill.
Hill went the distance on the mound for Iola. She surrendered 17 hits, walked two and struck out 16 batters.
Iola is 10-2 in SEK play and 11-3 overall. Fort Scott is 10-1 and 11-2.
The Fillies are scheduled to play at home against Pittsburg Thursday and at home against Parsons Friday in makeup games.
Iola will play in a Kansas Class 4A regional tournament next week.