Lack of offense stifles Cardinals
Eudora Cardinal softball coach Cara Kimberlin put things in perspective for her players after they lost in the first round of the regional tournament Monday.
"Only one 4A team wins its last game of the season and that's the state champion," Kimberlin told her squad after a 3-0 loss to Basehor-Linwood.
Playing at the Wyandotte County Sports complex in Kansas City, Kan., Eudora fell to the No. 2 seeded Bobcats,ending its season at 5-16. The Cardinals were seeded seventh in the eight-team field that included Baldwin (16-2) and De Soto (0-20).
Senior pitcher Melanie Smith threw well enough to win, allowing only three hits and striking out six in six frames. However, the Cards had just one hit, a single by senior first baseman Shena Niedens in the second inning. Smith walked and Lauren Kracl got aboard on an error, but Eudora came up short on base runners.
"Give their pitcher (Courtney Reed) some credit; she was good," Coach Kimberlin said. "She was fast and moved it around plus her rise ball had us chasing some high ones."
Eudora's defense, which committed only one error, held Basehor scoreless until two were out in the third. A base hit, hit batter and a double to center produced two runs. The Bobcats' other score came in the sixth on a sacrifice grounder.
"It was a respectable loss and I have no complaints with our performance. It was the first year under me. We changed some things, and we have to keep building," Kimberlin said.
Last Thursday in Gardner, the Cardinals dropped their last two regular season games 10-4 and 7-2.