Cardinals swing for the fences, take home wins
Hitting seven homeruns in a doubleheader sounds impressive. The Eudora High School baseball team had to rely almost exclusively on those hits to pull off a pair of wins at Rossville last Thursday.
Baseball coach John Dunaway is still looking for his team to pull together in all aspects of the game.
Usually, it's two of the three phases that are in-tune during any given game, he said. In the game against Rossville, the defense seemed to be lagging.
"I was pleased with parts," Dunaway said. "It was positive that they were hitting the ball again. In both games, we hit pretty well, worked the count better and swung better at the strikes."
In the first game, the Cardinals were down 7-1 by the end of the second inning. Eudora didn't let Rossville hold onto its advantage, posting runs to Rossville's one during the remaining five innings.
"They were strong early on," Dunaway said. "We were misled by a couple of pitches in the strike zone."
Senior Jay Pewenofkit pitched six innings for the win in the first game. He threw 135 pitches and gave up just one unearned run.
After just two innings in the second game, the game was close to being called because of to the run rule with the Cardinals down 10-1. Only three of Rossville's runs were earned.
"A couple of guys really stepped up," Dunaway said.
"Even when we were down 10-1, there was still the feeling that we had a chance."
Senior Jeff Way pitched the first five innings of the second game. He struck out seven and gave up no walks.
"In the first two innings, he was missing the strike zone," Dunaway said. "His curve was not quite staying up in the strike zone."
From the plate, the Cardinals were productive in both games. Sophomore Andrew Pyle had three home runs on the night, was 5-of-8 from the plate and had 6 RBIs.
Pewenofkit was 4-of-6 from the plate and also had six RBI. He hit one of the team's seven home runs for the night.
"It was a laser," Dunaway said. "He just tagged it."
Way was 3-of-3 and smashed a home run about 390-feet out through centerfield. He also had two RBIs.
Junior Tommy Shutt also smacked two home runs.
Junior Lear Bowling hit 5-of-5 from the plate and scored two runs.
"We played scrappy," Pewenofkit said. "But, we wanted it more and we proved that. The bats spoke for themselves."
The Cardinals next game is at 4:30 p.m. at Prairie View Friday night.