Cardinals rule double-header
The Eudora Cardinals baseball team made a dent in its pursuit of the Frontier League title and a dent in what was mistakenly thought to be Principal Dale Sample's car but wasn't April 22 in Wellsville.
The Cards, in a true pitcher's dual, edged the Eagles 2-1 in the first game of the doubleheader, closing out with a run-rule-shortened 10-0 victory in the second. Despite the two wins, coach Dirk Kinney sees room for improvement.
"We did some things right and we did some things not very good at all," he said. "We're going to have to do the little things; we didn't do the little things very well today."
The little things like running errors, strikeouts and parking too close to the outfield fence.
Already leading 6-0 in the top of the sixth of game two, senior RBI machine Andrew Pyle came to the plate after an uncharacteristically quiet first game was showing signs of warming up. He followed junior Aaron Westerhouse's single with a shot over the right-center fence and directly onto the spectator's car.
Eudora shook off an early first-inning rally behind the fine defensive efforts of Pyle and Westerhouse, who turned a double play.
The Cards scored the game's first run in the top of the second. Junior catcher Troy Van Horn led the inning off with a walk. Van Horn added five runs on five hits, including a home run, in the fifth inning to take an 8-1 lead.
De Soto scored three runs in the seventh when Smith led off with his solo shot and five base runners reached safely for De Soto.
Lowe was 4-for-6 from the plate for De Soto against Bonner Springs, and scored four runs. Smith (.571) and Goleman (.429) scored three runs a piece.
Mostaffa and Karashin each belted two doubles against Bonner Springs.
The Wildcats were 21-of-61 (.344) against Bonner Springs and had an on base percentage of .459 in the twin bill.
"We just have to keep plugging away," Deghand said of his team's performance the past week. "At times we look solid and then at times not so solid. We just have to get away from our mental lapses and become more consistent."
De Soto travels to Santa Fe Trail today for a double header and then plays host to Perry-Lecompton on Monday. Action begins at 4 p.m. against SFT and 4:30 p.m. versus Perry-Lecompton.