Fillies take No. 5 seed in 4A state

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Iola High’s Fillies are enjoying their best season in its five-year history. They are have been waiting since Tuesday night’s regional championship game for the seedings and pairings for the 2009 Kansas Class 4A State Softball Tournament.
The wait is over.
Iola (19-3) goes into next weekend’s state tournament in Salina with the No. 5 seed. The Fillies play fourth-seeded Ottawa (20-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.
There will be a new Class 4A state champion in 2009. It’s an all new field in the eight-team tournament.
Andale/Garden Plain was the 2009 state champion with Girard as runner-up. Andover Central took third and Colby was fourth.
None of those made the 2009 field. Abilene (21-2) is the top seed in the tournament and plays eighth-seeded El Dorado (6-15).
The winner of that game will face the winner of the Iola-Ottawa game in semifinals on Saturday.
Teams have to win on Friday or go home. Kansas high school softball and baseball state tournaments are set up just like the basketball tournaments.
In the lower half of the 4A bracket, Rose Hill (21-2) is the No. 2 seed and plays seventh-seeded Kansas City-Bishop Ward (12-9). Riverton (20-3) is the No. 3 seed and plays No. 6-seeded Pratt (15-6).
The 4A tournament will be held at the Bill Burek Complex in Salina, May 29-30. There are two fields used in the tournament.
Action begins at 5 p.m. Friday. Iola plays the second game on Field A on Friday.
Semifinals are slated for 10 a.m. Saturday. The third-place game is at noon. The 4A championship game is at 1 p.m. on Field A.
Iola and Ottawa are the last two teams to beat Paola High, which failed to reach the 4A state tournament for a fourth straight year. Ottawa swept a final regular season doubleheader at Paola before this week’s regional tournament.
The Fillies upended the Panthers, 2-1, in the 4A regional championship game Tuesday in Garnett.
JUST A TIDBIT: Louisburg High’s boys (9-14) beat 4A regional top-seeded Prairie View (18-4), 3-1 in Tuesday’s championship game in Fort Scott.
The Wildcats, who eliminated Iola High’s Mustangs Monday, are the seventh seed in the 4A state baseball tournament.