Cardinals offense feast ends with trip to Prairie View
After gorging at the plate in its last four games, the Eudora Cardinal softball team hit a run shortage in two losses Tuesday.
Eudora played Louisburg and Prairie View and struggled to get the offensive output displayed last week.
Game one saw the Cardinals lose to the Buffalos 8-1 in a game that was marred by five Cardinal errors in a seven-run fifth inning.
"We committed those errors late, and it cost us," coach Cara Kimberlin said. "When the wheels fell off, they really fell off."
The game was close until that doomed fifth inning. But the Cardinals had their chances throughout the match.
In the early innings, freshman Mackenzie Salzman tripled for the Cardinals, which gave them a runner at first and no one out. Unfortunately a bunt attempt by sophomore Caitlyn Riser failed to score Salzman and instead led to a double play, which wiped out the scoring opportunity.
"That was how our night went," Kimberlin said. "We go from a runner on third and no one out, to nobody on and two outs."
But for all of the opportunities that didn't pan out, it was the effort that was most troubling to the head coach.
"We played like we didn't want to be there," Kimberlin said. "We weren't focused and just played like we didn't care."
Kelsey Epperson went two-for-two in the game.
The second game saw the Cardinals fall to the Louisburg Wildcats 5-2.
In previous games, Eudora set the tone early. This time the Wildcats obliged by scoring their leadoff hitter in the first and letting the Cardinals know what the tempo would be.
"I knew that if they scored their leadoff runner we would be in trouble," Kimberlin said.
The Cardinals got down 3-0 but managed to claw their way back to a 3-2 deficit before allowing two more Louisburg runs in the sixth.
The Cardinals displayed an uncharacteristic lack of discipline at the plate, which played into the Wildcats' plans.
"We're frozen at the plate," Kimberlin said. "We weren't aggressive, and that forced us to swing at the pitches that they wanted us to."
Eudora fell to 6-8 on the year.
The squad climbed all the way back to the .500 mark on Thursday with a pair of wins over the Central Heights Vikings (10-0, 13-2).
The Cardinals came up with 23 runs in the doubleheader sweep behind an all-around team effort on offense.
"It's either feast or famine with us," Kimberlin said. "We just swung the bats well."
In game one, the Cardinals jumped on the Vikings with four runs in the first inning, which allowed junior left-hander Karen Spence to settle in and go the distance for Eudora and gain a 10-0 victory.
Senior catcher Alissa Hamilton went two-for-three, including two RBI's. Sophomore Beth Folks also went two-for-three with a double and a triple.
In game two, the Cardinals saved the big innings for last as they cruised to a 13-2 victory and their fifth in six games.
Eudora grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning and held it until the third when the offense came to life once again.
The Cards extended their slim margin with three runs in the fourth for a 4-0 lead.
The offense wasn't done yet, however as the next three innings saw Eudora put nine runs across the plate to put a close game far out of reach.
Riser got the win for the Cardinals.
Shortstop Michelle Deluna went three-for-five, while third baseman Epperson was two-for-three.
The Cardinals face Anderson County and Baldwin Thursday at Eudora High School. Th first game begins at 4:30 p.m.