Cardinals hit rough stretch of the season
Losing the last four games at home is not what the Eudora Cardinal softball team had in mind especially since it opened the season in convincing fashion against Pleasant Ridge.
But a lot has changed since that season-opening sweep.
Last Thursday against Paola, the hits just weren't falling for the Cardinals. Nicole Campbell managed their lone hit in a 5-0 loss in the opener.
The Cards were shut out in the nightcap again this time by a 12-0 score.
Pitcher Melanie Smith truly deserved a better fate.
"She did a good job," said coach Gretchen Freeland. "She pitched a lot of strikes, but we didn't do a good enough job fielding."
The tone for the day was set in the first inning of the opener when Paola scored off three runs, thanks to a few Cardinal errors.
"I was a little disappointed in the defense," Freeland said. "When they score because of their own ability, that is one thing. They scored from three of our errors, though. We can't allow that to happen."
The second game was similar albeit shorter thanks to the mercy rule.
"Basically, we could not come back after the first game," Freeland said. "They jumped out early. It was not a very pretty game."
In the fifth inning the game was called.
Smith also pitched the second game.
Smith and Campbell were the only two to put hits in the book for the Cardinals Thursday.
Practice this week is devoted to trying to overcome some of the mistakes made the past couple of weeks.
"So far, we are really focusing on the hitting and defense," Freeland said. "We are also working on both the physical and mental aspects."
The Cardinals will travel to Gardner-Edgerton Thursday with a 2-4 record. Gardner lost its main pitcher last year. Freeland is not sure how the team has fared so far this season.