Junior Legion drops pair at home

Iola's Junior American Legion team wrapped up the regular season Tuesday with a pair of tough home losses to El Dorado. The Indians will be Pittsburg Friday to begin Zone Tournament action, with a berth for the upcoming state tourney up for grabs.

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July 10, 2024 - 2:39 PM

Brock Michael of Iola's Junior American legion team slides safely into third base Tuesday ahead of a third baseman's tag. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Tough third innings made for a tough night on the diamond for Iola’s Junior American Legion baseball squad Tuesday.

Visiting El Dorado broke open what had been a 2-0 lead by scoring seven in the top of the third in Game 1 of Iola’s final regular season doubleheader of 2024.

The Indians responded with three of their own in the bottom of the inning, but drew no closer in an 11-3 setback.

A similar pattern followed in the nightcap. The teams were knotted at 1-1 before El Dorado erupted for five in the third before fending off Iola’s late challenge in a 7-5 win.

Brycen Baker bats for Iola’s Junior American Legion team Tuesday against El DoradoPhoto by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Iola sets its sights on the Class A Zone Tournament, which gets underway Friday afternoon at Pittsburg.

EARLY control issues in Tuesday’s opener allowed El Dorado to grab a quick 2-0 lead with only one hit. Four walks and a hit batter played a large role.

El Dorado found its offense in the third, putting together eight hits and pushing the lead to 9-0.

Iola found its footing in the bottom of the frame.

Brodon Westerman, Colton Thompson, Easton Weseloh and Kale Pratt hit consecutive singles to start the frame. Pratt’s single scored Thompson; Weseloh scored after the ball got away from the El Dorado catcher. Pratt did the same with two outs, making it 9-3.

But Iola managed only one hit after that, Brock Michael’s fifth-inning single.

Weseloh, Pratt, Michael, Broderick Peters, Westerman and Thompson all had singles.

Weseloh allowed three hits with a pair of strikeouts over two innings. Pratt pitched the final three innings, striking out one.

WESELOH made El Dorado pay early for a dropped third strike in the nightcap. He stole second, moved to third on a grounder and scored on Michael’s ground-out to third.

But four singles, two hit batters and a walk greased the skids for El Dorado to take a 6-1 lead in the third inning.

Michael rapped an RBI single in teh bottom of the third for the Indians. Pratt came home on a balk, slicing the deficit to 6-3.

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