Mustangs claim SEK wins over the Vikings

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Iola High’s Mustangs are all even for the season.
They got that way with a home doubleheader sweep of Parsons High’s Vikings Tuesday. The Mustangs improved to 3-3 overall and in Southeast Kansas League play.
Iola rallied to win 12-6 in the first game. The teams were tied 6-6 after four innings.
The Mustangs powered past the Vikings 11-1 in five innings in the second contest.
“All our pitchers did pretty well Tuesday. They are throwing strikes for us,” said Mark Percy, Mustang head coach.
“We just need to clean up some things defensively. We need to field the ball better but its coming a long.”
Drew Mueller started on the mound for Iola in the opener Tuesday at Riverside Park. He went four innings and was charged with six runs on three hits and two walks. he had two strikeouts.
Getting the pitching win in relief was Mark Bristol. Bristol threw 2 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, giving up three hits, walking two and striking out two batters. Nick Cook pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed one hit.
Iola led 5-2. It scored three runs in the second on a bases-loaded double by Jerrik Sigg. In the third, Chris Heffern drove in two runs on a base hit.
Parsons scored four runs in the fourth to lead 6-5. Iola tied it in its half of the inning. With one gone, Sigg was hit by a pitch, stole second and came home on a single by Bristol.
Mueller started the fifth with a single followed by Cook reaching on an error. Chris Heffern’s fielder’s choice allowed the run to score.
Parsons made four errors in the sixth as the Mustangs took full advantage. Iola scored five runs.
Cook and Chris Heffern each had two singles. Sigg doubled. Bristol, Connor Frazell and Mueller each had a single.
“In both games, we had some nice hitting and were aggressive on the base paths. That’s what we have to do to be successful. We have to put pressure on teams when we get on base,” Percy said.
“We helped create some of the problems Parsons had fielding the ball because of our movement on the bases,” he said.
The Mustangs scored twice in the first inning of the second inning. They used four hits, three Parsons’ errors, four walks, a hit batter and some wild pitches by Parsons to produce seven runs.
With a 9-0 lead, Ryan Latta had things under control on the mound for Iola. He scattered five hits over five innings and surrendered one run. He walked two and struck out two.
Frazell had three doubles as he went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Mustangs. He drove in three runs. R. Latta had two singles. Cook and Ch. Heffern each had a single.
Parsons dropped to 1-3 overall and in SEK play.
Iola prepares for Humboldt High’s Walter Johnson Baseball Tournament on Friday. The Mustangs play Yates Center in the opening round.
Humboldt takes on Neodesha at 10 a.m. at Walter Johnson Field. The Iola-Yates Center game is slated to start around noon.
The consolation game is at 2:45 p.m. The championship game is at 5 p.m.
Humboldt beat Iola 5-4 in last year’s championship game.