Swanson, Krutz shutdown Prairie View
Eudora baseball coach Dirk Kinney was less than thrilled with the performance of his two starting pitchers Saturday against Anderson County, both of whom relinquished early Cardinal leads.
His solution on Tuesday was simple, put them both back on the mound.
Junior Kent Swanson and sophomore Chad Krutz rewarded the head coach by pitching the majority of the innings in the Cardinals 5-0, 13-2 doubleheader sweep over Prairie View at Eudora High School.
"They both did a lot better out there today," Kinney said. "I'm proud of both of them for going back out there and getting things done."
In game one, Swanson responded from his poor outing on Saturday by shutting down the Buffalos over the course of six and two-thirds innings, allowing just two hits with five strikeouts. After Saturday's start, the difference for the right-hander on Tuesday was simple.
"I just kept the ball down and threw strikes," Swanson said. "On Saturday, I was just leaving a lot of pitches up and was getting hit."
Swanson's effectiveness allowed the Cardinal hitters to deal with Prairie View leftie Travis Meads.
The Cardinals (5-0) got on the board first in their opening at-bat as senior center fielder Mark Abel bunted for a single and then advanced all the way to third on Meads' throwing error to first.
First baseman Chad Griffin brought Abel home with a single to left field for the first run of the game.
Meads settled down and kept the Cardinals in line for the next three innings before Swanson delivered at the plate to help his own cause.
The Eudora pitcher laced a single to right with one out, scoring Kyle Brouhard and pinch runner Austin Calhoon to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.
Senior left fielder Luke Abel duplicated Swanson's at-bat in the fifth with another one-out single, which delivered the final two runs for the Cardinals.
"Offensively we've been doing a real good job lately," Kinney said. "But Kent (Swanson) and Luke (Abel) have really been swinging a hot bat lately. It's been nice."
Game two saw the Cardinals take advantage of two hit batters on the first two pitches delivered, to pile up seven runs and decide the game early.
The big blow in the inning came with the bases loaded and no outs, as Brouhard deposited a bases-clearing triple into the left field gap to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead, which was all they would need.
Krutz took full advantage of the early gifts and kept the Buffalos off the board until the fourth. By that time, Eudora had built a 12-run lead.
Luke Abel had the hot hand once again for the Cardinals by going 3-for-3 in the second game with three runs scored.
The Cardinals travel to Spring Hill Thursday for one game with the Broncos, which has a lot of meaning for those in the Eudora dugout.
"It's a big game," Kinney said. "They've beaten us three straight and they're a real good team. So we've got our work cut out for us. We just need to relax and take care of business."