Fillies push Chanute out of 4A regional

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Lyndsi Faulhaber puts the tag on Chanute High’s Amy Weilert (21) at second base during Monday’s Kansas Class 4A Regional Softball Tournament game. The Fillies defeated the Blue Comets 9-2 to move into the regional tournament semifinals today at Garnett.

GARNETT — This is what they wanted — another go at Fort Scott High’s Tigers.
Iola High’s Fillies settled down and went to work Monday to open 2009 Kansas Class 4A Regional Softball Tournament play. Facing archrival Chanute High’s Lady Blue Comets, the Fillies erased Chanute’s 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and won 9-2.
The victory set up a showdown between the top two teams in the Southeast Kansas League. Fort Scott defeated host Anderson County 6-1 Monday in regional play.
Today in the regional semifinals, the Fillies (16-3) play Fort Scott (16-2) at 4:45 at the Garnett Sports Complex.
In the 3 o’clock semifinal game, top-seeded Paola plays Louisburg. The championship game is at 6:30.
Paola shutout Osawat-omie 10-0 Monday. Louisburg upended Prairie View 7-5.
Iola and Fort Scott played in a 16-inning contest won 3-2 by the Tigers just a week ago. The Fillies turned around to hand the Tigers their only SEK loss of the season, 4-2.
“Chanute started off strong and scored two runs on a couple of mental mistakes by our defense,” said Vince Coons, Iola head coach. “But we came back with a vengeance in the bottom of the first and second innings with great pressure offense.”
After the Blue Comets plated two runs on a couple of Iola errors, a walk and a single in the first inning, Iola tied the game. The Fillies used the short game — bunting and slap hitting plus heads up base running.
Brandi Preston had a bunt single in the bottom of the first inning. Megan Cook bunted and was safe on an error. With two gone Morgan Buchholz drew a walk and Lyndsi Faulhaber reached safely on an error.
It was 2-2 when the Fillies started in again with the short game in the second inning. Alex Hill singled and was replaced by courtesy runner Leah Weir. Weir swiped second base. Preston reached on an error.
Jenna Sigg had a two-out RBI single. Sigg stole second base and came all the way home to score on a throwing error by the Chanute catcher.
Leading 5-2, the Fillies continued the process, scoring three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth inning.
Hill was the winning pitcher as she limited the Blue Comets to four hits. She walked two and struck out one. Taylor Gard pitched for Chanute.
Megan Cook and Hill each had two singles. Hitting a single each were Preston, Sigg, Molly Riebel, Buchholz and Kylie Taylor.