Indians split doubleheader

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

OSAWATOMIE — Using an 11-hit attack and a complete-game pitching performance from Derrek McKarnin, the Iola American Legion Post 15 Indians captured a 9-4 win on the road Thursday.
The Indians defeated host Osawatomie by building a 7-1 lead through three innings of the play. McKarnin limited Osawatomie to five hits and struck out four.
One of the Osawatomie hits was a three-run home run by Ronnie Pursley. That came in the sixth inning,
As hot as Iola’s bats were in the first game, that’s as cold as they were in the second contest. In a five-inning contest, which went six innings, the Indians lost 2-1 and had five hits.
Iola is 6-12 this summer. The Indians head to Burlington this weekend for the Burlington American Legion Slug Fest.
The Kansas American Legion baseball zone tournament assignments were announced Thursday. Iola will host the AA Zone 4 tournament July 21-26.
Teams in Zone 4 are Iola, Burlington, Garnett, Mound City, Fort Scott and Baxter Springs.
In the first game Thursday, McKarnin helped himself by connecting for a one-out double. With two gone, McKarnin scored on a double by Nick Cook.
Iola scored three runs in the second. Keatin Herder drew a walk and Drew Walden reached on an error. After moving up on a passed ball, Herder scored on a fielder’s choice by Ethan Ericson. Jarred Latta drove in a run on a ground-out. McKarnin had an RBI single with two gone.
Cook led off the third with a double and came around to score on a base hit by Herder. Walden had an RBI single as did Latta in the inning.
The Raiders produced a run in the third and three more in the sixth. The Indians responded by plating two runs in the seventh.
Jerrik Sigg was hit by pitch and Herder reached on an error. With one gone, Ericson had a two-run single.
McKarnin had a single and a double in the game while Cook hit two doubles. Drew Mueller doubled. Hitting a single each were Chris Heffern, Herder, Walden, Ericson, Latta and Corey Taylor.
Iola’s scored its lone run of the second game in the first inning. Mueller singled, Herder reached on a fielder’s choice and scored later on an error.
Mueller was 3-for-3 at the plate on singles. Cook and Ericson each had a base hit. That was it.
Osawatomie tied the game in the bottom of the first. The Raiders scored the winning run in the extra inning — the sixth — to finish the night.
Cook took the pitching loss. He gave up five hits, walked five, hit one batter and struck out one.