Cardinals down Eagles, secure two league wins in eight innings
The Eudora softball team was feeling it during its daily routine of batting practice over the last week. The sessions went so well, head coach Cara Kimberlin saw it as a possible sign of things to come.
As it turned out she was right, as the Cardinals traveled to Wellsville and needed just eight innings to make it five in a row Thursday by pounding the Eagles, 14-0 and 18-1.
Eudora used a 14-hit attack in the first game to post runs in every inning, which included a five-run fifth, to put the game out of reach and end the game after five innings.
"We were hitting the ball hard in batting practice this week," Eudora coach Cara Kimberlin said. "They were hitting line drives and putting the ball all over the field. I know it's just batting practice, but I had a feeling we'd open things up tonight."
Junior Brynn Hamilton took to the mound for the Cardinals in the first game and proceeded to suffocate the Eagle offense by throwing a two-hit shutout. It was an improved performance from her outing of a week ago against Gardner, in which she surrendered five runs early.
"Brynn bounced back pretty well," Kimberlin said. "She had things working for herself and found her locations."
Offensively senior shortstop Michelle Deluna scored three runs to go along with a double and triple in the game-one win.
The Cardinals jumped on the Eagles in game two by scoring nine runs in the first inning, behind eight hits and three stolen bases.
Sophomore Mackenzie Salzman doubled twice in the inning and had three RBIs to add to her total of seven on the day.
With 18 runs to work with, Karen Spence notched the win for the Cardinals by closing out the Eagles in three innings. The senior left-hander gave up just one run in three innings for the game-two win.
Eudora pounded out 30 total hits in the doubleheader sweep.
The game-one win put the Cardinals into a three-way tie for third-place in the Frontier League with a 5-2 record. Eudora sits tied with Spring Hill and Louisburg going into this week's action but has the edge in the overall standings.
Tuesday's doubleheader at Ottawa was postponed because of rain and was rescheduled for Monday, giving the Cardinals a rough stretch next week with five games in three days.