Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2007

Rain still looms over summer baseball

July 12, 2007

Eudora baseball coach Steve Swanson is hoping that when spring 2008 rolls around his team will have used up all its rainouts and injury troubles.

Since the start of the summer season, the Cardinals have struggled to stay healthy while battling poor weather conditions.

Last month's home double-header against Class 4A state champion Kansas City-Bishop Ward was called off after just one and a half innings. Despite Eudora's frustrating summer, the team is managing to find games wherever it can.

The team is working on setting up a makeup date for the Kansas City-Ward rainout and is planning to host the Lawrence Raiders in a doubleheader later this month.

On top of the poor weather, the Cardinals have had quite a collection of injuries to deal with.

"We went into the summer season with a rotation of six arms, three of which were significantly experienced at the varsity level," Swanson said. "We've played without two of those pitchers due to injury."

Eudora players who have dealt with injury include Brian White and Craig Harper. White has been sidelined for half of the summer and Harper rejoined the team just last weekend after suffering a broken finger.

The Cardinals wrapped up their most recent with a 10-6 loss to Bishop Miege, a team from Class 5A. The team is planning to make the trip to Hays this weekend for a tournament at Fort Hays State University.

Even though injuries and rain have put a damper on the team's spirit, the results have still been favorable.

"We're right around .500," Swanson said. "But we've played through so many injuries."

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