Mustang JV scoots past Cats

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s first baseman Kris Collins tries to block the bag from a Burlington High player sliding back in during a pickoff play Thursday. The Burlington player got back in time before Collins could make a tag. The Mustang junior varsity won the game 2-1.

Iola High’s junior varsity baseball team played its second — and last — doubleheader of the 2009 season Thursday.
The Mustangs, with a roster of mainly freshmen, pulled out two one-run victories at home against Burlington High School. Iola won 1-0 and 2-1.
Why were they the last junior varsity baseball games of the season?
“Numbers. We have Derrek McKarnin of the varsity out for a couple of weeks with a shoulder injury and we’ve had a player quit,” said Mark Percy, Mustang head coach.
Three other junior varsity doubleheaders scheduled have been canceled.
The Iola JV went 3-1 this season.
On Thursday Clint Heffern threw a two-hit shutout for the Mustangs. He hit two Burlington batters but struck out nine.
Iola scored the only run of the first game in the first inning. Heffern reached on an error and went to second on a wild pitch. Corey Taylor singled and Heffern scored on an error on the play.
The other hit of the game for Iola was a single by Jarred Latta.
Iola got past the visiting Wildcats 2-1 in the second game. Jerrik Sigg was the winning pitcher, allowing four hits. He hit two batters and notched eight strikeouts.
Drew Walden scored both runs for Iola. In the first, he singled with two outs, stole second base and went to third on a wild pitch. Junior Michael Anderson hit a fly ball to center that was dropped, allowing Walden to score.
In the third inning, Walden drew a walk. On a pickoff move at first base, Burlington’s pitcher made a bad throw and Walden advanced to third. A wild pitch brought Walden home.
Shelton Reno doubled in the game.
Heffern, Walden and Latta each had a single.