Archive for Thursday, July 5, 2007

No end to baseball’s season

July 5, 2007

Last Wednesday was not a great day for the members of Eudora High's summer baseball team. First, there was the persistent downpour that turned the infield dirt to mud. On top of the rain, Eudora had to deal with a steady deluge of hitting from Bishop Ward High.

Bishop Ward, which won the 4A state title in May, scored eight runs in just one-and-a-half innings before the rain stopped play for good.

"Ward is a good team and playing them always feels like a rivalry," assistant coach Aaron Westerhouse said. "We just weren't in the state of mind that we could come out and compete with them."

Eudora escaped the first inning unscathed despite allowing several Bishop Ward hitters to reach base. After threatening to score but falling short in the bottom of the first, the Cardinals fell apart in the second.

The visitors from Bishop Ward only posted two base hits in the second, but it was all they needed. A series of walks, hit batsmen and poor defense led to an offensive explosion and an 8-0 score. After surveying the state of the field and consulting for several minutes, Eudora coach Dirk Kinney and the umpires decided the game was a lost cause.

Luckily for Eudora, Wednesday's ugly outcome will be wiped from the books because of the game's premature ending.

The rainy conditions disappointed the players more than the score because it cost them the opportunity to gain experience against one of the finest opponents in the area.

Once fall rolls around, school, sports and other activities will stand in the way of baseball. For that reason, Eudora is spending the dog days of summer touching up on its players' fundamentals and improving in different areas of the game.

"All the guys have a lot of talent," Westerhouse said. "They just need to put it all together by spending some time working this summer."

The main goal of the summer season is to play as many games as possible against as many teams as possible. Although wet weather is an inevitable and frustrating part of a Kansas summer, the team has not had too much trouble filling up its schedule.

After participating in two tournaments in the past two weeks, Eudora swept Basehor in a doubleheader. Barring further difficulty with the weather, Eudora is set to play several games each week for the next month.

Wednesday's final tally may not have looked too promising, but the summer season is about more than the score. June and July are for gaining experience, something the Cardinals are certainly doing.

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