Cardinals in need of a win
Losing two games to Paola Tuesday night was not what the Eudora High School baseball team expected.
"I was surprised," Assistant Coach Dirk Kinney said. "We just were not ready to play. Going in, we thought we'd just run right over them."
With the 10-4 and 7-5 losses in the doubleheader, the Cardinals dropped to a 6-6 record.
For the first time this season, Kinney thought that the pitching wasn't really there.
Senior Jay Pewenofkit pitched the first game for the loss. Six errors committed by the defense didn't help his effort. In the second game, seniors Jeff Way and junior Ronnie Morelan took the loss. Senior Dan Chrislip came in at the end and was the only one not to allow
Paola's lead-off batter to get on base. It's lead-off batter was 6-of-7.
When the Cardinals were in position to score throughout the games or had runners at second and third, the next batters would strike out.
"It's going to be a true test to see if we can come back after the Paola doubleheader," Kinney said.
With the losses, Eudora will need to gain a sweep Thursday against Osawatomie to stay competitive the remainder of the season.
"If we play good ball, then we'll have a chance at first or second in the league," Kinney said.
On Friday, the Cardinals met their match against Prairie View, which is currently first in the league.
They were able to come away with one win in the twinbill.
In the first game, Eudora lost 8-4. The Cardinals came back in the second game for a 13-9 win.
"It was a very intense game," Kinney said.
In that game, Eudora trailed 6-5 after six innings. In the top of the seventh inning, they bounced back with eight runs to stunt Prairie View.