Being patient at the plate paid off for Iola High’s Mustangs Tuesday.
The Mustangs took full advantage of 10 walks issued by Neodesha High’s Bluestreaks in a 12-2 win in five innings.
Chris Heffern only gave up two walks and three hits as Iola’s winning pitcher. He struck out three.
“We stayed patient at the plate and got hits when we needed them,” said Mark Percy, Mustang head coach.
“We weren’t as patient at the plate in the second game but we took care of business at home and got two wins.”
In the second game, Iola led 7-1 but gave up five innings in the sixth and won 8-6. Corey Taylor went 5 2/3 innings for the Mustangs, giving up six runs on four hits, one walk and one hit batter. He struck out four.
“Corey really pitched well but he ran out of gas in the sixth. We had two outs after three hitters and I left him in too long seeing if he could get the third out,” Percy said.
“Clint Heffern came in and did a good job in relief.”
Clint Heffern pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. He allowed two hits and walked one.
In the first game, Levi Ashmore, Connor Frazell and Taylor each had two singles. Clint Heffern and Michael Anderson had a double apiece and Jerrik Sigg singled.
With the bases loaded and three runs already across, Iola closed the run-rule game by scoring on a balk called on Neodesha’s pitcher.
“Both teams played a bit sluggishly. We both played doubleheaders on Monday,” Percy said.
Sigg connected for two signles and a double in the second game. Ashmore and Mason Coons each had two base hits.
Hitting a single each were Ryan Latta, Frazell, Chris Heffern and Braden Larson.
The Mustangs improved to 9-7 for the season. They play at Humboldt Friday.
Iola finishes up at home Monday against Fort Scott in Southeast Kansas League play.
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