Cardinals beat up on Burlingame
Heading into Thursday's doubleheader at Spring Hill, the Eudora Cardinals are 4-4 not bad, but not what it could be, says coach Jon Dunaway.
"We're better than that," the first-year baseball coach said. "We've played better than our record shows. We've just had a couple of things go against us."
Were it not for late-inning losses to Paola and Gardner-Edgerton, the Cardinals could easily be 6-2 and enjoying life near the top of the Frontier League.
Instead, they are somewhere in the middle.
Perhaps, that made Monday's doubleheader sweep of Burlingame just what Eudora needed. The Cards jumped all over the Class 1A school. They won the first game, 21-0, before coming back for a decisive 15-0 win in the nightcap.
"They were flat overmatched," Dunaway said. "It wasn't a fair fight. They don't have a summer program and it is a very small school.
"This was good for our egos."
Not to mention the batting averages of a few Cardinals. Andrew Pyle continued his hot hitting for the season by collecting six hits in as many trips to the plate.
Pyle, who is hitting .591, also had 10 RBI, scored seven runs and hit an inside-the-park grand-slam homer.
Meanwhile, senior shortstop Aaron Rose saw his batting average soar to .609, thanks to a four-hit, five-RBI night against Burlingame.
"Those two have worked hard all year and it is paying off for them this season," Dunaway said.
It was that kind of night for the Cardinals a far cry from what took place last week in Gardner when Eudora dropped two games to the host Trailblazers.
Brent Carnagie deserved a better fate in the opener. He threw six strong innings, giving up just three earned runs, but saw the Blazers take the lead in the seventh inning by scoring two unearned runs.