Mustangs split with Coffeyville

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Jerrik Sigg slides toward home plate while Coffeyville’s catcher Matt Dixon sets for the throw on this play in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Sigg was well ahead of the throw to score in the fifth inning as Iola defeated visiting Coffeyville 8-0. Coffeyville took the second game 5-2.

Left-handers were dominate on the mound in the Southeast Kansas League doubleheader here Saturday afternoon.
Iola High senior Derrek McKarnin was in command in an 8-0 win by the Mustangs over visiting Coffeyville’s Field Kindley High Golden Tornado. Mc-Karnin pitched six innings of shutout baseball and gave up just four hits.
McKarnin did issue one walk and hit a batter. He also struck out six, as he went to 4-0 as a Mustang starter.
Drew Mueller worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning in relief. He had one strikeout.
As much as McKarnin kept the ’Nado batters at bay in the first game, Coffeyville’s Donald Wright did the same for his team in the second game. Coffeyville won 5-2.
The SEK doubleheader was a postponed affair from April 2. The teams played at the Allen County Community College baseball field because Iola’s Riverside Park field was still too wet.
Iola had to postpone again its league doubleheader with Pittsburg on Friday, because of wet field conditions. A make-up date hasn’t been set.
With the split of the two games, the Mustangs are 7-5 in SEK play and 9-5 overall. They travel to Fort Scott today for a doubleheader.
“Derrek had a strong outing for us. He has only allowed one earned run in 25 innings of pitching this season. I wanted to get Drew some work and he had a good inning,” said Mark Percy, Mustang head coach.
“Andy Chester hit the ball very well for us. We did a decent job of playing all the way around in the first game.”
The Mustangs scored four runs in the first inning. McKarnin drove in one run with a double. Nick Cook had a two-run base hit.
Andy Chester, who was 3-for-3 in the game with three RBIs, singled to drive in the fourth run in the first inning. He had a two-run single in the fifth after Connor Frazell was hit by a pitch and Jerrik Sigg doubled.
Up 6-0, Iola produced two more runs in the sixth. Mark Bristol and Mueller, who was 3-for-4, had back-to-back singles. Cook had a one-out, sacrifice fly for a run and Chris Heffern reached on an error allowing a run to score.
Chester and Mueller each had three singles. Mc-Karnin and Sigg each had a double. Bristol and Cook each had a single.
In the second game, Coffeyville scored four runs in the first inning and that was enough for Wright. He held Iola to four hits in a complete game effort.
“He kept us off balance at the plate. We had some chances to move runners and even score but couldn’t get the hit when we needed to,” Percy said.
Cook started the game for Iola and left after one inning. He was charged with four runs on four hits, one walk and two hit batters plus had a strikeout.
Frazell came on in relief, going six innings and giving up one run on one hit and one hit batter. Frazell struck out eight.
“Connor pitched pretty well. The run he gave up was unearned,” Percy said. “We just couldn’t get enough offense going.”
Iola scored a run in the first inning. Bristol reached on an error but was out on a fielder’s choice by Mueller. Mueller scored on a single by Cook.
In the fourth inning, Cook singled with one gone, stole second base and went to third on a wild pitch. Frazell’s double drove in the run. The other hit in the game was a single by Chester.