Fillies sweep under Lady Blue Comets

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
With eyes on the softball, Iola High first baseman Kylee McKarnin takes a throw trying to pick off a Chanute High runner in the first of two games Monday at Riverside Park. The Fillies swept the visiting Lady Blue Comets 11-7, 14-4 in Southeast Kansas League play.

Despite the chilly playing conditions — wind chill factor made it feel below freezing — Iola High’s Fillies played hot on the softball diamond in their home opener Monday.
The Fillies improved to 3-1 overall and in Southeast Kansas League play as they swept a pair against visiting Chanute High’s Lady Blue Comets. The victories came at Riverside Park.
“It was a great performance and effort by the team under horrible playing conditions,” said Fillies’ head coach Vince Coons. “But I’m glad to get two home games under our belt.”
Alex Hill and Kylie Taylor stayed tough as the Fillies’ starting battery in both games. Coons said they played well under very cold and windy conditions.
Hill won the first game but did give up 13 hits. She issued just one walk and struck out six. Iola had five fielding errors in an 11-7 win.
The Fillies wiped out Chanute’s 2-0 lead in their half of the first inning. Iola batted around, scoring eight runs. It was 8-6 when Iola scored a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
Codi Ellis, Molly Riebel and Kylee McKarnin each connected for two singles. Jenna Sigg and Taylor had a triple apiece. Hill singled.
“Codi had a big night hitting. She is really finding her groove at bat,” Coons said of the senior outfielder.
The Fillies used 14 hits to back up Hill’s pitching in the second game. Hill allowed six hits and walked three in a 14-4 win in five innings. Iola had two errors and Hill struck out four Comet batters.
Sigg hammered out a two-run home run in the second inning that put Iola up 4-2. The Fillies produced nine runs on seven hits and utilized four Chanute errors in the the fourth inning.
Chanute managed to score two runs in the fifth but no more. Iola added a run in the fifth for the 10-run margin.
Sigg had two singles along with the home run. Hill, Riebel and Megan Cook delivered two base hits apiece.
Ellis had a triple and a single, both coming in the fourth inning. Taylor tripled. Lyndsi Faulhaber and Morgan Buchholz had a single apiece.
Iola travels to Independence next Tuesday for a SEK doubleheader.