Archive for Thursday, May 10, 2001

EHS baseball team looking strong as post season approaches

May 10, 2001

With a win over Louisburg Tuesday night, the Eudora High School baseball team is focused and hoping to earn a high seed for regionals starting next week.

Pairings will be decided Saturday.

The Cardinals completed an 8-8 record Wednesday to put them in good position for regional play, which begins Monday and runs through Thursday.

In Tuesday night's wins, Eudora ran over visiting Louisburg in the first game of the doubleheader, 10-0. In the nightcap, the Cardinals lost 5-2.

Eudora flaunted an early 3-0 lead against the Wildcats in the opener after one inning. They earned another run in the third inning and two runs in the fourth. In the fifth and final inning, Eudora scored another four runs. Junior Lear Bowling had three runs for the game. Junior Mike Lehman and sophomore Andrew Pyle had two each.

In the closer, Eudora led 1-0 after the first inning. Scoring was stunted on each side for the first three innings.

Normally, Louisburg is one of the tougher baseball teams in the league, but this year's group is very young, Eudora Coach John Dunaway said.

Eudora split with Osawatomie Friday. The doubleheader, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, was canceled and Friday was the make up. The Cardinals lost the first game 4-3.

"We didn't hit the count very well," Dunaway said. "We booted a couple on defense. Take away those two runs and the win was ours."

The Cardinals led 3-0 up to that point. Bowling, sophomore Heath Fanning and junior Dustin Stewart split with one run each.

Eudora managed to bounce back in the nightcap to win 18-5. Fanning tallied four runs to lead Eudora. "Overall, the kids have been doing a good job," Dunaway said. "They are really learning the importance of routine play."

At this point in the season, Dunaway said he was feeling pretty secure about next year's team. Tuesday night, eight players in his starting line-up were underclassmen, including his entire infield.

He said that has happened a few other times this season. If the Cardinals can put everything together like they did in the early game Tuesday, Dunaway is confident about his team's potential efforts in regional play.

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