Diamond heartbreak for Mustangs

Iola High saw its baseball season come to a painful conclusion, falling behind in the fifth inning and unable to score on a number of chances in a 3-2 loss to Bishop Miege in their Class 4A Regional Championship.



May 22, 2021 - 9:07 AM

Iola High's TJ Taylor races home in the Class 4A Regional Championship against Bishop Miege Friday. Taylor was safe on the play, but Miege rallied to win, 3-2. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Months of grueling practices, long road trips and avoiding rain drops boiled down to a matter of inches for Iola High’s baseball team Friday.

With a runner at third base and two outs in the fifth, Bishop Miege’s Hayden Thilges connected on a perfectly placed Bradyn Cole curveball in a tie Class 4A Regional title game. Thilges looped the ball just beyond the outstretched glove of Mustang first baseman Dillon Bycroft to the outfield, scoring the go-ahead run in a 3-2 victory.

Iola had two golden opportunities to tie or take the lead after that, but left runners on second and third in the sixth and had a runner on third base in the seventh when Miege’s Jude Putz recorded a strikeout to end the game — and Iola’s season.

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