Mustangs split with Tigers

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

FORT SCOTT — Iola High’s Mustangs could be done for the regular season after Monday’s Southeast Kansas league doubleheader at Fort Scott.
The Mustangs lost a tough pitcher’s duel, 2-0, to the Tigers in the opener Monday. They came back to win 7-4 for a split.
“We’re disappointed in losing the first game but Fort Scott had a pretty good pitcher in that game. There was a large strike zone and we were swinging at some pitches, we might not have otherwise,” said Mark Percy, Mustang head coach.
Going 1-1 in the last scheduled games, the Mustangs are 8-6 in SEK play and 10-6 overall. They still have a doubleheader with Pittsburg in league play that could be made up latter this week.
If not, the Mustangs go into next week’s Kansas Class 4A regional tournament at 10-6.
Fort Scott got an unearned run in the first inning of Monday’s opener and added a run in the fifth. Iola had just two singles — by Mark Bristol and Ryan Latta — in the game.
Drew Mueller took the loss on the mound, going four innings and allowing one run on one hit and one walk. He struck out two. Nick Cook was charged with one run on one hit and two walks in one-third of an inning.
Latta pitched 12⁄3 innings in relief. He issued a walk and struck one batter out.
“Drew did a good job and Ryan came in a pitched well late in both games for us,” Percy said.
Iola was able to produce a run in the first inning of the second game. Bristol singled and came home on a two-out, single by Cook.
The Mustangs took ad-vantage of three Tiger errors in the third inning. Iola plated five runs in the frame.
With one gone, Bristol and Mueller each reached on errors and Derrek McKarnin drew a walk. Cook singled with two gone.
Chris Heffern’s base hit drove in two runs. Connor Frazell was safe on an error followed by singles from Jerrik Sigg and Andy Chester.
Fort Scott scored four runs in the third to make it 6-4. Iola got an insurance run in the fourth on three straight base hits by Cook, Chris Heffern and Frazell after there were two outs.
Bristol was the winning pitcher as he went five innings. He allowed four runs on six hits and two walks and posted nine strikeouts. Latta pitched two innings of shutout baseball as he gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one.
Cook was 3-for-4 with three base hits. Bristol, Chris Heffern and Frazell each had two singles. Sigg, Chester and Latta each had a single.