Iola teams in the Zones

Iola's Senior (AA) and Junior (A) American Legion teams will vie for a state berth when their respective Zone tournaments begin Friday evening. The AA team will play in Humboldt; the A squad in Chanute.


July 14, 2022 - 2:58 PM

Iola AA Indians' Sam Hull bats in a game earlier this season. Iola's Senior Legion team opens Zone Tournament play Friday in Humboldt. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

The postseason awaits for Iola’s American Legion baseball teams this weekend.

Iola’s senior (AA) and junior (A) squads begin play Friday night in their respective zone tournaments.

Iola’s AA squad is the tournament host at the Humboldt Sports Complex. The Indians (14-9) are riding a hot streak, having won six of their last seven to wrap up the regular season.

The AA squad starts play at about 7 o’clock against Winfield. The winner will move on to play either Central or Parsons at 11 a.m. Saturday for a berth in the championship game.

The losers of the two first-round games are relegated to the consolation round, where they would play at 9 a.m. Saturday in an elimination game, and then again at about 1 p.m. against the winners bracket semifinal loser for a berth in the title game.

The AA championship round begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, with a second game to follow if necessary.

The zone championship advances to the Senior Legion State Tournament in Topeka July 27-31. (Of note, the senior tournament will feature AAA Legion squads from larger communities.)

Iola A Indians Hayden Johnson and his teammates will open the American Legion Junior (A) Zone Tournament Friday in Chanute.Photo by Richard Luken

IOLA’S A squad ventures to Chanute for the Junior Legion Zone Tournament.

The Indians (11-13-1) also ended the season on a high note, having gone 9-3-1 over their last 13 games.

They’ll take on host Chanute at about 8 p.m. Friday in Chanute’s Santa Fe Park.

The winner will play either Garnett or Pittsburg at 11 a.m. Saturday in Chanute for a state tournament berth.

The losers drops to the consolation bracket to play at 9 a.m. Saturday. The winner would then play the championship semifinal loser at about 1 p.m., with that winner also going to the state tournament. 

(Unlike the AA zone tourneys, the A competitions will take the top two finishers to state).

The Junior Legion State Tournament runs July 27-31 in Great Bend.