Iola American Legion team opens season

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

OTTAWA — Iola American Legion Leslie J. Campbell Post 15’s baseball team went 2-3 over the weekend at the Ottawa Legion’s Wooden Bat Tournament.
The Iola Indians opened the tournament Friday with an 11-1 win over Garnett in four innings. Garret Ericson threw a two-hitter for the Indians. He walked two and struck out five.
Corey Taylor cranked out a bases-loaded single to drive in three runs as Iola scored five times in the first inning. Iola added five more in the third.
The Indians led 10-1 after three and scored a run in the fourth for the run-rule victory.
Drew Walden had a single and a double for Iola and Keatin Herder hit a single and a triple. Ryan Latta had two singles and two RBIs. Taylor and G. Ericson each hit a single.
Ottawa got past Iola 6-5 in a late game Friday night. Derrick McKarnin pitched four innings and wa charged with four runs on three hits and one hit batter. Nick Cook pitched one inning and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk. Herder pitched one inning.
Iola scored three runs in the third and two in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. Ottawa regained the lead with two runs in the fifth inning.
Cook delivered a single and a double while Drew Mueller hit two singles. G. Ericson and Chris Heffern each had a double. Hitting a single each were Mark Bristol, Walden and R. Latta.
On Saturday, Princeton broke open a 3-0 game with three more runs in the sixth and five in the seventh to beat Iola 11-0. The Indians committed four errors.
Ethan Ericson pitched three innings for Iola and R. Latta pitched four innings. The Iola pitchers allowed 10 hits and issued six walks plus hit two batters. E. Ericson had four strikeouts and R. Latta struck out seven.
Bristol and Mueller had a single each for the only hits of the game for Iola.
Iola ended up facing Ottawa again Saturday. The Indians had a 7-0 lead but Ottawa struck for four runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth. The game was called because of time limit, giving Ottawa an 8-7 win.
Bristol pitched five innings, allowing four runs on four hits, one walk and two hit batters. He had five strikeouts. Taylor worked one inning, giving up four runs on one hit and one walk and two hit batters. Iola had four errors.
Walden went 3--for-4 with two singles and a double. Bristol and Cook each had two singles. McKarnin, Mueller, R. Latta and Herder had a single apiece.
On Sunday, the Indians fell behind 8-3 but rallied to beat Silver Lake 10-8.
With the bases loaded in the fifth, Bristol hit a double to clear the bases. Herder, Mueller and Cook had back-to-back-to doubles as Iola scored six runs to take the lead.
Chris Heffern was the starter for Iola. He went 2 2/3 innings followed by E. Ericson going 2 1/3 innings. Cook pitched the seventh.
Bristol and Herder each had a single and a double. McKarnin hit two singles. Mueller and Cook had a double apiece while Chris Heffern and Walden each had a single.
Iola plays its home opener at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Chanute. American Legion games will be played at the Allen County Community College ball field.