Mustangs on roller-coaster start

The Mustangs opened their baseball season on March 27, facing off against rival Chanute. The squad battled through two games, but fell short both times.
Starting off the season 0-2 is never a great thing, but it sure seemed to give our boys some much needed focus. The Mustangs learned from their mistakes and straightened out some kinks in the ensuing week.
The team improved their skills, forgetting the feeling of losing, and looked forward to starting Pioneer League.
The conference opener was against Anderson County on April 4. This match of accuracy and power was won by our determined team, revitalized in the face of league play.
The boys won the first game with a healthy 7-2, and a closer second 9-5.
Senior Trent Latta opened the first game pitching and closed the second game. The premier pitcher of the 2014 team, he will be throwing to fellow senior Derrick Weir all year.
Weir has started as catcher for the past years, and along with Latta is one of the best hitters on varsity. Weir closed the first game, and junior Thealvin Minor started the second.
The Mustangs displayed some consistency problems against Osawatomie, the double-header on April 8. The team destroyed the Trojans in the first game, spanking them 8-0. The second game was a different story, though. Iola struggled a little on both offense and defense, only mustering 3 runs to the Trojans’ 13.
Iola improved against a challenge on their home turf, Prairie View, on April 15th. While we lost the first game by one run (4-5), we played with at a higher level than previously in the season. The Mustangs were able to rally and best the Bison 2-1 in the following game.
The JV team has been as busy as the varsity, playing Chanute, Anderson, and Osawatomie just a day or two before the varsity. The JV team is stocked with inexperienced players, and it is taking some time to learn the ropes. However, the team has been improving with every game.
While the varsity isn’t just learning the game like some of the JV, there is still room for improvement, the more experienced players say.
Weir, when asked what he thinks of this year’s team, had this to say:
“We’re a young team right now that has a lot of talent, but we also have a lot of areas to improve upon before the regional tournament.”