Three days after posting their first two wins of the season, Iola High’s Fillies were at home again. The Fillies got overwhelmed by visiting Chanute High’s Blue Comets in Southeast Kansas League play.
Iola had pulled out two one-run victories over Coffeyville’s Golden Tornado girls Friday at home. The Fillies won 4-3 and 7-6 to even their SEK mark at 2-2.
Then Monday the Blue Comets came this way. Chanute built a 14-0 lead in the opener at Riverside Park. The Fillies showed a little fight stringing six hits together and scored six runs before the Blue Comets shut them down. Chanute won 14-6.
An 11-run second inning propelled the Blue Comets to a 19-2 run-ruled win in three innings to complete the sweep. Iola had eight errors in the game.
“Chanute is an excellent team. As a young team, we went through a learning experience. The girls need to learn from it and move on,” said Vince Coons, Fillies’ head coach following Monday’s games.
In the opener, Iola’s Breail Thompson held Chanute to four hits and two runs in four innings. The Blue Comets broke open a 2-0 game with six runs in the fifth and six more in the seventh inning.
Thompson gave up 12 hits and walked six. She struck out four. Iola’s defense made six errors.
Thompson started the seventh inning for Iola with a double followed by singles from Mackenzie Weseloh, Shyanne Hendry and Chloe Friederich. Kayla Knavel and Carrie Mock each had a fielder’s choice as runs scored. Leah Weir doubled and with two gone, Audrea Stahl drew a walk and Thompson finished with a single.
The other two hits were a single each by Libby Shay and Holly Schomaker.
Weseloh was the starting pitcher in the second game and B. Thompson pitched two innings. Weir, B. Thompson and Schomaker each had a single. Iola scored two runs in the second inning.
Iola was to have played Coffeyville on Thursday but weather moved the games to Friday at Riverside Park. The Fillies notched SEK wins in their home opener.
Coffeyville used three hits and a walk to score three runs after two batters had been retired in the first inning of the first game. B. Thompson settled down and pitched six scoreless innings after that for the Fillies.
“Breail fought through some tough situations. We had some minor mistakes on base running signals and fielding but kept our heads in the game,” Coons said. “Our freshmen came through in the game.”
The Fillies’ Weir led off each of the innings — first, third and seventh — with a walk and came around to score runs. Iola got single runs in the first and third innings and trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh.
Weir drew the walk and stole second base. Shay reached on a dropped third-strike error and a passed ball allowed Weir to score the tying run. Weseloh doubled in the winning run.
Other hits in the game for Iola were from Hendry, Katie Thompson, Halie Cleaver, Lauren Toney and Shay.
Toney was 3-for-4 in the second game with two singles and a double. Iola scored a run in the first inning to lead 1-0 but had to come up with two runs in the fourth to tie the game at 6-all.
Schomaker tripled to lead off the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Weseloh.
Weseloh pitched four innings and gave up six runs on one hit and four walks plus struck out three. B. Thompson worked three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking two and hitting one batter. She struck out four.
Weir connected for a triple and a double. Weseloh had two singles and Calloway had a single.
Iola is 2-4 in SEK play and overall. The Fillies travel to LaCygne to play Prairie View in non-league action Monday.
Note: The Register did receive the Fillies’ information from Friday’s games until it was located in a different spot in the office.
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