Iola-Humboldt JV softball, baseball squads hit diamond

Iola and Humboldt's junior varsity baseball and softball teams battled Thursday, with Iola winning both baseball games, and Humboldt returning the favor in softball.


April 22, 2022 - 3:09 PM

Iola High's Alana Mader makes a leaping catch in a junior varsity game at Humboldt Thursday. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

HUMBOLDT — Humboldt High’s junior varsity softball team got the early jump on Iola Thursday in both games of their doubleheader, winning 5-2 and 13-5.

The Lady Cubs bolted to a 3-0 lead after one inning of the opener and overcame a trio of errors that led to a pair of Mustang runs in the fourth.

Iola went without a hit in support of pitcher Elza Clift, who gave up five hits and one earned run over four innings. She struck out five.

Humboldt High’s Rylan Covey (24) reaches for a foul pop while her Lady Cub junior varsity teammates Brooklyn Ellis, left, and Shelby Shaughnessy stand by Thursday.

The hits were a bit more plentiful in the finale.

Humboldt erupted for six in the second and four in the the third.

Iola responded with two in the fourth and three in the fifth.

Kaysin Crusinbery had a single and double to pace the Mustang JV. Natalee Lower also doubled. Alana Mader, Kyndal Bycroft and Peyton Weast also had singles.

Harper Desmarteau pitched two innings for Iola, surrendering one hit and striking out one. Kinsey Schinstock came on in relief, giving up four hits and two earned runs.

Individual statistics from Humboldt were unavailable.

IN BASEBALL action, Iola’s JV picked up a pair of hard-fought wins over Humboldt, 6-0 and 3-1.

Iola High’s Mac Leonard, left, rashes for Humboldt’s Robbie Robinson during their junior varsity game Thursday.Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register