Indians stay alive with extra-inning win

Iola Post 15 beats Linn County in zone tournament game

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Derrek McKarnin had the game-winning hit for Iola in Thursday night’s zone tournament game against Linn County.

It was win or be done for the 2009 summer season for all four teams playing here Thursday night in the 2009 Kansas American Legion AA Zone 4 Tournament.
Iola Post 15, Linn County Post 248, Chanute Post 170 and Garnett Post 48 came into the losers bracket games facing elimination. Winners survive and advance. Losers pack the baseball bats, gloves and other gear away until 2010.
Iola’s Indians found themselves down 2-0 to Linn County’s Rebels after three innings. They manufactured a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth for a 3-2 lead.
Linn County regained the lead with a two-run sixth.
Iola got a leadoff single in the seventh by Drew Mueller. He was still on base with two gone in the inning. Nick Cook extended the inning with a single then Chris Heffern singled in the tying run.
The Indians could not win the game in the seventh. It wasn’t until the ninth inning they came up with the winning run, posting a 5-4 victory.
With one gone, Mark Bristol singled and stole second base. Derrek McKarnin delivered a base hit to drive in the winning run.
With the 5-4 win, Iola advances to tonight’s losers bracket game at 8:30. The Indians will face Chanute, which got a grand slam by Craig Gilmore in the sixth inning of Thursday’s late game. The home run lifted Chanute to a 9-8 win over Garnett.
In the winners bracket tonight, Burlington takes on Fort Scott at 6:30 at Allen County Community College. Burlington is the No. 1 seed and Fort Scott is the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
The winner of the Iola-Chanute game will play the loser of the Burlington-Fort Scott contest at 9 a.m. Saturday. The winner of that game will play for the championship at 11 a.m. against the winner of the Fort Scott-Burlington game.
If another game is necessary to determine the champion, the game be at 1 p.m. Sunday on the ACCC field.
For Iola on Thursday, Jerrik Sigg started and went four innings. Sigg allowed two runs on two hits and four walks plus struck out five.
Corey Taylor pitched three innings, allowing two runs on one hit and four walks. Taylor struck out four. Iola had four errors in the game.
Bristol got the pitching win as he threw two hitless and scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Bristol, Cook and Chris Heffern each had two singles. Ethan Ericson doubled. Hitting a single each were Sigg, McKarnin and Mueller.