Iola squads in the Zone

Iola's A and AA American Legion baseball teams both will carry top seeds into their respective Zone tournaments, which begin this weekend. The AA Indians start play Friday in Humboldt; the A squad will be in Chanute Sunday.

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July 13, 2021 - 10:07 AM

Eli Smith and the Iola AA Indians hold the top seed in their upcoming American Legion Zone Tournament, which starts Friday in Humboldt. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

A successful summer on the baseball diamond has led to top seeds for both of Iola’s American Legion squads in their upcoming postseason tournaments.

The Iola AA  Indians, representing the older age bracket, is the No. 1 seed for their Zone 2 Tournament, which begins Friday at the Humboldt Sports Complex.

Iola (20-7) will take on fourth seed Moran at 4 p.m. Friday, with the winner advancing to the championship semifinals at 11 a.m. Saturday against the winner of Silver Lake or Wamego in the semifinal round.

The losers of the two opening round games of the double-elimination tournament will square off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Immediately following is a third game Saturday, against the two remaining teams in the consolation bracket.

The Zone championship game is set for 10 a.m. Sunday, with a second title game following at 12:30 p.m., if necessary. 

The tournament winner will advance to the state tournament in Pittsburg.

Trevor Church delivers a pitch for the Iola A Indians, who begin postseason play with their Zone Tournament starting Sunday in Chanute.Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

THE A Indians also will carry the top seed to their Zone Tournament. 

One item of note: All Zone tournaments at the A level will send two teams to state.

Iola (22-5) opens at about 3 p.m. Sunday against the winner of the Ottawa-Pittsburg opening-round game.

A win there would put Iola in the championship bracket title game at 6 p.m. Thursday, with the winner advancing to the state tournament in Salina.

If Iola loses along the way, the Indians would then attempt to work their way through to the consolation bracket championship for the second state bid.

THE state tournaments will be held July 28-31.

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