Run rule demons
Eudora notches four wins in shortened games
During the last four games, the Eudora Cardinal baseball team forgot to bring their bats, instead they brought cannons -- big cannons.
Over the period of two doubleheader sweeps, the Cardinals have shelled the opposition on their way to an 11-2 record.
Eudora has outscored its opponents 70-6 in the last four games, 55 of those runs have come before the fourth inning.
"We're just hitting the ball real well right now," coach Dirk Kinney said. "We're finding the holes and taking advantage of opportunities."
The Cardinals made quick work of the Ottawa Cyclones, 14-2 and 11-1, in Tuesday's home games. The bats came alive early in game one as Eudora pounced on the visitors for seven runs in the first inning.
"We focused on hitting the ball to right center," Kinney said. "The kids executed well in that approach."
Junior Miles Cleveland, who went two-for-four in the game, started off the first inning by drawing a walk. Junior Luke Abel soon joined him on the base paths, which set up Chad Griffin for an RBI situation.
The first baseman came through with a two-run double that kick-started the Cardinals' offense. Later in the inning, senior Joe Kaup added an inside-the-park home run.
Eudora never looked back.
Left-hander Rod Evinger took the hill in the top of the second with a seven-run lead and proceeded to add his own highlights to the offensive explosion by pitching a no-hitter.
"Rod pitched a great game," Kinney said. "He would've had a perfect game, but he decided to start walking people."
Evinger pitched five innings, while walking seven on the way to the 14-2 win.
Kaup went 2-for-2 in the first game, while Paul Smith went 3-for-4.
In game two, it was the same story for the Cardinals as they repeated the effort of game one.
The Eudora bats came out again in the first, this time they outdid themselves by two runs, scoring nine en route to the 11-1 victory.
The nine runs were all senior Paul Smith needed as the aggressive right-hander shut the door on any hopes of an Ottawa split.
"Paul pitched well," Kinney said. "He's aggressive when he takes the mound and challenges the hitters to do their best. He doesn't mess around."
Smith (3-0) pitched five innings, allowing one hit and three walks.
The win was especially nice for the coach, because he knows how good the opposition was.
"Ottawa is ranked 10th in 5A," Kinney said. "It felt good to come out here and do the things we did with the bats and the pitching. These are two of the best games we've played all year back-to-back."
The Wellsville Eagles were the unfortunate recipients of a doubleheader beating Thursday, 22-4, 23-0.
The visitors didn't do themselves any favors either.
In game one, Wellsville hung tough through two-and-a-half innings by staying close 6-4.
Then came the third.
Eudora exploded for 12 runs, -- 11 with two outs -- to put the game out of reach. The Eagles aided the Cardinals in the inning by committing error after error in an inning-long defensive meltdown.
Junior Kyle Brouhard had two hits in the inning.
Kaup (3-1) got the win by going four innings and striking out nine.
In game two the Eagles were never given a chance to keep it close as the Cardinals scored 23 runs in the first three innings for a four inning 23-0 win.
"We just jumped on them early and never let up," Kinney said. "The base running improved and the pitching was good."
Brouhard nabbed the victory in the second game and improved his record to 2-0.