Fillies beat Bulldogs



April 14, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Iola High’s Fillies put away visiting Independence High’s Lady Bulldogs 12-2 in five innings in Tuesday’s second game.
Iola won both Southeast Kansas League games at home in Riverside Park. The first one was tighter than what Fillies’ head coach Vince Coons thought it should be.
“We pressured Independence’s defense in the first inning and scored two quick runs. After that Independence’s pitcher kept us on our heels. We must have fouled off 30 to 40 pitches to the left field foul line,” Coons said of the first game which Iola won 2-1.
Senior Alex Hill struck out 15 Lady Bulldogs in the first game, including the final three batters. She allowed two hits.
Independence scored a run in the fourth on two Iola errors.
Molly Riebel, senior catcher, doubled for Iola. Seniors Lyndsi Faulhaber, Kylee McKarnin and Shelby Greenwood each had a single.
“Alex pitched a great game, really exploding on her pitches,” Coons said. “Molly and Alex are coming together as a great battery.”
Coons said the Fillies settled down in the second game and “finally started to make better contact” at the plate. He said the Fillies played great offensively.
Iola went to work quickly putting pressure on the opposing defense. The Fillies scored three runs on three hits, two of which were bunt singles in the first inning.
McKarnin, Leah Weir and senior Megan Cook each had singles to load the bases in the second. Faulhaber and senior Amanda Carr  had back-to-back sacrifice flies to drive in runs.
The Fillies scored four runs in the third. They took advantage of two walks and three Independence errors.
Independence scored two runs in the fourth to make it 9-2. A single by Brandi Preston and a double by Greenwood produced a run in the Iola half of the fourth.
The Fillies scored two runs in the fifth on a double by Riebel. Iola won by the 10-run rule in five innings.
Hill notched another win on the mound. She gave up three hits, walked one and hit one batter. Hill struck out nine.
Weir was 3-for-4 with three singles. Cook and Preston each had two singles. Riebel and Greenwood had a double apiece.
Hitting a single each were Faulhaber, Carr and McKarnin.
Iola improved to 6-2 in SEK and overall play. The Fillies sit behind Labette County and Pittsburg, which are both 5-1 in league play.
Iola goes to Parsons Monday in varsity play.
The IHS junior varsity plays at Burlington Thursday and at home against Pittsburg Friday.

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