(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
Instead, it was Iola that kept its hopes alive by sweeping the Tigers 10-2 and 9-2. The Mustangs (10-4 SEK, 13-5 overall) can move into a tie with Independence if it sweeps another make-up twinbill at Columbus Friday.
These games were moved to Fort Scott after the originally-scheduled games at Iola were rained out and the condition of the Mustangs' home field didn't improve overnight.
Iola pitcher Jerrik Sigg held Fort Scott (7-7, 8-10) to just one hit in the opener. Jacob Durossette picked up that hit with 2 out in the third inning, the inning in which the Tigers scored both their runs.
Sigg walked 3 batters and struck out 5 for the Mustangs, who scored in every inning but the seventh.
Fort Scott scored single runs in the second and seventh innings of the second game. Zach Denton, Luke Brown, Mason Knopp and Chase Howser each had one of Fort Scott's 4 hits.
The Tigers host Chanute Thursday at 4:30 in a Southeast Kansas League doubleheader that will be the regular-season finale for both teams. Fort Scott plays in the Ottawa Class 4A Regional Tournament next week, beginning with a Monday first-round game against Paola at 4 p.m. Bracket details will be summarized in Friday's edition.
NOTES -- Independence (12-4, 13-5) clinched no worse than a share of the title by sweeping Parsons, 11-5 and 15-9, Tuesday. The four league losses will be the most by a league champion....
Pittsburg (10-4, 11-5) also is in a position to tie Independence. The Purple Dragons took care of things on their end with a 5-2, 10-0 sweep of Labette County Tuesday. They can claim their share of the title by sweeping a make-up doubleheader at Columbus on Thursday....
If Iola sweeps Columbus, the share of the title it claims will be its first -- in its final season in the league. Iola moves to the Pioneer League next season....
The Iola-Columbus baseball games Friday will be both schools' final league event. Columbus will switch to the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee league for the 2012-13 school year. The schools face each other in softball today....
If both Pittsburg and Iola move into a tie for first place with Indy, it will be the first time the season has ended with a three-way tie. There have been five two-way ties since league play began in 1988. Pittsburg has been involved in all of them (1989, 1990, 1994, 1995 and 2011)....
Iola............... 122 113 0 -- 10 12 2
Fort Scott...... 002 000 0 -- 2 1 0
WP -- Sigg. LP -- Knopp (2-1).
HR -- None.
Iola............... 110 501 1 -- 9 14 2
Fort Scott...... 010 000 1 -- 2 4 1
WP -- Latta. LP -- Uhler (3-3).
HR -- None.