Junior Legion squad falls in state tourney opener

Iola's A American Legion team dropped a 6-2 decision to Overbrook to open the Junior Legion State Tournament in Great Bend. Iola is back in action Thursday and Friday evening to wrap up pool play.

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July 27, 2022 - 3:25 PM

Cole Mathes of the Iola A Indians bats in a game earlier this season. On Wednesday, Mathes hit an RBI double in the Indians' 6-2 loss to Overbrook to open the Junior Legion State Tournament in Great Bend. Photo by Richard Luken

GREAT BEND — Runs were at a premium Wednesday for Iola’s A Indian Junior American Legion baseball squad.

The Indians left four runners in scoring position against the tough pitching of Overbrook, falling 6-2 in the opening round of the Junior American Legion State Tournament.

The loss does not eliminate the Indians from a potential state title, but they must win their next two games — Thursday against Newton and Friday against Pittsburg — to have a realistic shot at advancing to the championship bracket Saturday.

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