Eudora wins, clings to third
The Eudora Cardinals went into this week in a tight race for third in the Frontier League and faced four games in two days to try and bolster their position.
After two straight doubleheaders, the Cardinals stayed in the third-place race with a split in Ottawa and at home against Osawatomie.
The Cardinals grabbed an important Frontier League win Tuesday with an impressive 14-4 game one win over the Trojans, but fell in the second game, 10-6, to fall to 13-4 overall.
"We played pretty well in the first game," Eudora coach Cara Kimberlin said. "But in the second game we just kind of hung our heads and couldn't swing the bats. You face the same pitcher seven, eight or nine times, you ought to be able to figure her out."
That pitcher was Trojan right-hander Jenna Wright, who the Cardinals pounded in game one for 11 hits, five for extra bases.
Eudora began game one scoring by pushing across a run in the first and then proceeded to put the game out of reach with a five-run second inning.
Sophomore Mackenzie Salzman delivered the big blow of the inning with a three-run double on her way to five RBI's for the game.
The Cardinals followed the inning with a six-run third, which was fueled by a number of Trojan errors.
"They helped us out with the errors," Kimberlin said. "But we were swinging the bats really well. We executed pretty well and had a lot of opportunities."
Junior Brynn Hamilton bounced back from her Monday loss at Ottawa to notch her seventh win of the season, allowing five hits with a pair of strikeouts.
The win puts the Cardinals at 7-3 in the Frontier League and allows them to keep pace with Spring Hill and Louisburg for the third spot behind Ottawa and Paola.
In game two, the Cardinal offense took a bit of a wrong turn against Wright as it was the Trojans who used a pair of four-run innings to keep the Cardinals at a distance for most of the game.
Eudora jumped in front in the first inning, behind pitcher Karen Spence's two-run double that scored Kelsey Epperson and Salzman for a quick 2-0 lead.
The Cardinals led 3-1 going into the third when the Trojans put up four runs, mainly behind the bat of standout catcher Jessica Jones.
Jones, a commitment to play softball at Pittsburg State, mashed a deep double in the inning to score a pair of runs and then repeated the effort in the fourth.
"She's a ball player," Kimberlin said. "Karen was hanging a lot of her pitches and you just can't do that against one of the best hitters in the state."
Spence, who suffered her first loss of the season, departed in the fifth with the Cardinals down 9-5. The Trojans added another run in the sixth off reliever Brynn Hamilton for their final run of the game.
"Some ERA's took a beating tonight," Kimberlin said. "We didn't execute in a lot of ways tonight. Usually when you score six runs in a game that should be enough to win, but not tonight."
The Cardinals travel Thursday to Baldwin for a doubleheader.