Iola Indians fall short in zone

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Iola American Legion Post 15’s Indians drilled Chanute Post 170 in a losers bracket game that only lasted four innings Friday night. The Indians notch-ed a 16-1 win to stay in contention at the Kansas American Legion AA Zone 4 Tournament.
But the Indians couldn’t pull out another victory on Saturday morning and were eliminated. Fort Scott, which lost to Burlington 13-4 on Friday, decked Iola 7-0 in the losers bracket final.
Burlington Post 38 earned a berth in the Kansas American Legion AA State Tournament with a 9-6 win over Fort Scott Saturday in the Zone 4 championship contest. Burlington broke open a 1-1 game by scoring seven times in the fourth inning. Fort Scott had a three-run fifth but never could catch Burlington.
In Saturday’s game with Fort Scott, the Indians stayed with Post 25 through five innings. Fort Scott scored a run in the fourth for a 1-0 lead then had a six-run sixth.
Iola was limited to three singles in the game. Those hits came off the bats of Mark Bristol, Derrek Mc-Karnin and Jerrik Sigg.
Ethan Ericson pitched four innings for Iola. He allowed one run on one hit and five walks plus struck out six.
Bristol threw two inn-ings and gave up six runs on one hit and six walks. Keatin Herder pitched one inning and had two strikeouts.
The Indians used an 11-hit attack on Friday night to oust Chanute. Iola had most of those hits in the first inning when the Indians batted around and then some as they scored 13 runs.
It all started with leadoff hitter Drew Mueller reaching on an error, then the parade started. Bristol and McKarnin each had a single and Nick Cook’s base hit drove in two runs.
Chris Heffern and Corey Taylor drew walks. Herder and Sigg had back-to-back two-run singles. Drew Walden and Mueller had a base hit apiece and Bristol walked.
McKarnin, who was the winning pitcher, helped himself with a bases-loaded triple. Heffern reached on an error, Taylor walked and Herder was on via a Chanute miscue.
There still were no outs. Finally, Chanute was able to record a strikeout and a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Chanute could not answer as McKarnin kept Chanute in check on three hits. He recorded five strikeouts.
Iola added three more runs in the third. Chanute scored with two gone in the fourth on an error and two singles.
McKarnin had a single and a triple and Mueller hit a single and a double. Herder and Sigg each had two singles.
Hitting a single each were Bristol, Cook and Walden.