Junior varsity softball
After sitting through cold temperatures March 27, the Eudora High School junior varsity softball team started out slow, giving up four runs in the top of the first against Paola.
The Cardinals went three up and three down in the bottom of the first.
The defense gave up only two more runs the rest of the game, but it wasn't enough for Eudora to pull off a win as it dropped one 6-4.
Chelsea Carnagie pitched the entire game. She had two strikeouts, four walks and gave up five hits.
Eudora's offense was led by Brittany Stillian with a triple and a double. Hailey Horan had two singles. Kristen Becker and Nikki Miller each had a single.
After striking early against the Anderson County Bulldogs April 1, Eudora scored two in the first inning, but the Cardinals could only manage one more run the rest of the game and suffered its second loss, 5-3.
Chelsea Carnagie got the start for the Lady Cards and shut out the Bulldogs for two innings.
The third and fourth innings belonged to the Bulldogs as they scored all five of their runs in the middle innings.
Carnagie had two strikeouts, gave up 11 hits and two walks.
Coach Rachel Padfield said the Cardinals swung the bats well, but the wind was fierce and held many balls in the air. It wasn't enough for the Cardinals to pull out a win as Eudora dropped another one 2-1.
The Cardinals were led by Hailey Horan with a double, a single and a walk. Brittany Stillian, Kristen Becker and Mariah Webb had two singles each.
Game two of the doubleheader proved to be a battle of the pitchers.
Michele Smith gave up only one hit, but Anderson County scratched out two runs.
Anderson County's pitcher, Hailie Ray, gave up three hits and one run.
Smith struck out two and relied on stiff defense to sit the Bulldogs down 1-2-3 in four of the six innings.
Smith, Marian Mersmann and Liz Hoese each had a single for the Cardinals.
In doubleheader action Monday in Eudora, the team got its first win against Basehor-Linwood with a score of 10-5.
Michelle Smith got her first win of the season.
Coach Rachel Padfield said Smith started off a little rocky, giving up three runs in the first, but settled down to allow only two more the rest of the game.
Smith had nine strikeouts, allowed four walks and no hits.
The Cardinal bats came alive, pounding out 11 hits in four innings.
Leading the charge for the Cardinals was Hailey Horan with three singles. Smith, Catherine Klotz and Brittany Stillian had two singles and Kristen Becker had a double. Nikki Miller added a single.
The Cardinals did their damage in the third inning and the Bobcats could not answer.
In the second game, Eudora kept the pressure on the Bobcats scoring seven runs in the first inning in a 14-5 win.
Freshman Miranda Cobell recorded her first win of the season.
After a rough first inning, with the Bobcats scoring five, Cobell settled and allowed no more runs the rest of the game.
Cobell had three strikeouts, allowed four walks and three hits.
In innings two through five, the Bobcats went three-up, three-down.
The Cardinals had 12 hits and two walks.
JoAnna Male led the team with three singles. Horan had a double and a single. Mariah Webb and Smith had two singles. Klotz, Marian Mersmann and Cobell each added a single.
The Cardinals record is 2-3.