Summer season wraps with loss to Raiders
Eudora may have finished its summer baseball season with a 6-10 record, but coach Steve Swanson could not find much to complain about.
"We had a lot of young players out here this summer who competed hard and advanced their level of play," Swanson said. "All these innings and at-bats will really make a difference come spring."
After his team's season-ending 11-3 loss to the Lawrence Raiders, the coach said the players who struggled through the summer gained some valuable experience from playing high-level competition. In the last week of the season alone, the Cardinals lost to 4A state champion Kansas City Ward and the Lawrence squad that included many players from 6A teams.
Injuries held Eudora back for the majority of the summer. But by the end of the campaign the Cardinals were beginning to get their health in order.
"We were without half of our pitching rotation for half of the year because of key injuries," Swanson said. "But Craig Harper just came out and pitched four solid innings in his first game since a finger injury in June."
Swanson said the trials the team endured this summer helped to form a stable backbone and good team chemistry. He said he expected Morgan Abel and Brian White to show progress when the season begins next spring.
The Cardinals lost more than they won in June and July. Fortunately for Swanson and his players, summer wins and losses no longer count once spring starts.