Indians handle the Rockies

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
You go your way and I will go my way. Iola Indians’ Ryan Latta (18) slides home for the tying run against Coffeyville’s Rockies Thursday at the Allen County Community College baseball field. Rockies’ catcher Clint Morgan had to dive away from the plate to get the throw as plate umpire Tim Hoffman watched the action. Iola went on to win 8-7 in the first game, then 11-3 in the second in American Legion play.

Wins have been hard to get so far in the American Legion summer baseball season for Iola Post 15’s Indians.
They had to rally twice in the first game here Thursday evening. The Indians got the job done defeating the visiting Coffeyville Post 20 Rockies 8-7 to open the doubleheader.
Despite losing their starting pitcher to an arm injury after one inning of the second game, Nick Cook came in to pitch the Indians to an 11-3 second-game win. Cook also was 3-for-4 at the plate.
With the sweep of the Rockies, the Indians improved to 5-9.
They travel to Louisburg for a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
Things did not look good for the Indians at the Allen County Community College baseball field Thursday.
The Indians were in a 4-0 hole by the end of the first inning, tied it up in the second, went ahead on a three-run double by Jerrik Sigg in the fourth. Then the Rockies got their second home run of the night, a three-run shot by Donald Wright off Iola’s Keatin Herder.
Iola came back in its half of the sixth. The Indians got lead-off batter Drew Wal-den on via an error. Tom Stinnett was the courtesy runner for Walden. A single by Herder and a ground-out by Derrek McKarnin produced what would be the winning run.
McKarnin started on the mound for Iola. He gave up a two-run home run to Cam Turner in the first inning as the Rockies built a 4-0 lead. He left after five complete innings with Iola up 7-4. McKarnin allowed four runs on six hits and struck out four.
Herder went two innings in relief for the win. He gave up three runs on two hits and two walks with one strikeout.
Iola tied the game in the second when Sigg was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Coffeyville pitcher. McKarnin had an RBI single followed by Ethan Ericson drawing a walk. Latta singled in a run and with one gone, Drew Mueller’s base hit plated a run.
With runners on the corners, Mueller took off for second and appeared to be caught in a rundown. On a delayed move to home, Latta slid in safely away from a wide throw to the plate. Mueller ended up safe at second.
McKarnin had a single and a double in the game and Herder hit two singles. Sigg doubled. Mark Bristol and Mueller each had a single.
In the nightcap, Iola scored two runs in the second and never trailed. The Indians were up 6-0 when the Rockies produced three runs in the fifth.
Iola got all three back in its half of the fifth inning. The Indians scored twice in the sixth to get the run-rule victory, 11-3.
Latta left after one inning with an injured arm. He struck out one and walked one. Cook got the win pitching five innings, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks. He struck out five.
Cook had two doubles and a single in the game. Bristol singled and doubled. Hitting two singles each were Mueller, Walden and Sigg, who replaced Latta in the batting order. McKarnin and Clint Heffern each had a base hit.