Fillies outlast Grizzlies to earn split in opener

Register Sports Editor

ALTAMONT — It was not ideal softball weather Friday afternoon and into the evening.
“Finally, I think our girls just said ‘let’s get this done,’” said Vince Coons, Iola High softball head coach.
The Fillies had dropped a 4-1 decision in Friday’s Southeast Kansas League and season opener at Labette County. They were in the third extra inning of a 3-3 second game.
“Jenna (Sigg) didn’t have a hit in the first game. She got things going in the second game,” Coons said about his senior third baseman.
Sigg singled to lead off the 10th inning and stole second base. Junior shortstop Lyndsi Faulhaber and junior pitcher Alex Hill reached on errors and the floodgates opened.
The Fillies scored 10 runs in the 10th on their way to a 13-3 win. Iola is 1-1 on the season.
Iola’s defense made a statement in the ninth. The Fillies used a walk drawn by Amanda Carr, a wild pitch and a double by senior center fielder Codi Ellis to take a 3-2 lead.
Labette County High loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but only got the tying run in. Hill, who pitched all 17 innings for IHS Friday, struck out two and got a fielder’s choice.
In the bottom of the 10th, there was no rally by the Grizzlies. Their leadoff hitter got a single but that was wiped out on a 6-3 double play. Faulhaber gathered in the ball at shortstop, stepped on second base and threw to junior first baseman McKarnin. Faulhaber then thew out the next batter to end the game.
Sigg had two singles and a double in the second game and scored four runs. Ellis also had two singles and a double. Junior Molly Riebel, who caught both games, had a single and a double. Sophomore second baseman Leah Weir doubled and junior right fielder Brandi Preston singled.
“Labette County had a good freshman pitcher, who really pitched well against us in the first game. She got tired late in the second game,” Coons said.
“Our girls were seeing the ball better and hitting it in the second game. Alex had a super performance for us. Molly and Leah stepped in for us and played well at catcher and second base.”
Hill allowed six hits and two walks in the first game and hit a batter. She struck out nine. Iola made four errors in the first game.
Faulhaber doubled twice in the opener. Ellis tripled and Hill singled.
Hill scattered seven hits through 10 innings in the second game. She walked two, hit a batter and struck out six.
Iola hosts Chanute at Riverside Park this afternoon. The first game is set for 4:30.

IOLA HIGH’S baseball team did not get to play at Labette County Friday because of wet field conditions. The Mustangs host Chanute today also at 4:30 at Riverside Park.