Baseball team splits with Wellsville
After weeks of indoor practices and rainouts, the Eudora High School baseball team finally got to play its third and fourth games of the season.
The Cardinals traveled to the Wellsville Eagles home nest last Thursday and split a pair. The Eagles won the first game 9-1 but then lost to the Cardinals 12-2 in the nightcap.
"They're a young team that's pretty scrappy," Eudora coach John Dunaway said.
The Eagles pitching was a little slower than the Cardinals are accustomed to, which threw off the timing of the hitters.
"In the first game, I was pretty disappointed," Dunaway said. "There was no adjusting at the plate."
Dunaway said his team's pitching should have been able to make up the difference, but that wasn't the case in the opener. The Eagles were able to smack the ball into right field on several occasions and maintain control of the game.
Eudora was hitting balls right to the defense. The Cardinals only score came from a home run by senior Jay Pewenofkit.
During the second game, the Cardinal hitters began to come around.
"We started making the adjustments and worked the count a little bit," Dunaway said.
It made a difference and after two innings, Eudora secured a 5-0 lead.
Senior Dan Chrislip led the Cardinals from the mound for five innings and gave up only one earned run. He also struck out five batters.
Pewenofkit hit another home run in the nightcap, which resulted in two Eudora runs. He was 3-6 on the night. He scored four runs and managed three RBIs.
Junior Lear Bowling scored three runs, had one RBI and two hits for the evening. He also made it on base four times.
"I was happy to see the bats wake up in the second game," Dunaway said.
Eudora's next game will be Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Rossville.
"Rossville has a lot of tradition," Dunaway said. "It should be a pretty tough game."