EMPORIA A place at state was on the line Monday night for the A Iola Indians in Emporia. After being thumped by Topeka Washburn Rural in the zone championship game to start the night, the Indians had a second, and last, chance against Chanute.
Iola put the recent past behind them, and came on strong with a 6-3 victory to punch their ticket to Topeka for the state tournament.
Against Topeka, Iola appeared to have no business in the zone championship game. After the first inning, Iola trailed Topeka 0-5. The bats that popped on Saturday against Chanute were nonexistent. The Indians were able to muster only three hits courtesy of Nathan Louk, Eli Smith and Dillon Bycroft.