Fireworks fly in Pittsburg



July 5, 2019 - 2:26 PM

Ethan Tavarez delievers from the mound as Kane Rogers awaits a pick-off throw to first base in Game 1 against Columbus in the All-American Classic in Pittsburg. The Indians took care of Columbus 5-0, but fell to Pittsburg in extras 4-5. REGISTER/ERICK MITCHELL

PITTSBURG — Independence Day saw the AA Iola Indians head to Pittsburg for the All-American Classic in an American Legion round-robin tournament. This was Iola’s first time on the diamond since their split against Chanute last Wednesday. 

After a comfortable 5-0 win against Columbus, some verbal fireworks flew in Game 2. An Indian coach and player were ejected after Blake Ashmore slid home to tie the game at 2-2 after a wild pitch, but the umpire thought otherwise. Despite the bad call, Iola battled from being down 1-4 to force extra innings, ultimately falling 4-5. 

Before things got heated, Game 1 saw Iola handle Columbus with ease. Kane Rogers led off the second inning  with a single to centerfield and advanced to second after a wild pitch. With one out, and Rogers on third, Cal Leonard grounded out to second to bring home Rogers and give Iola the 1-0 lead. 

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