Baseball hopes to keep momentum going against St. James Thursday at home
In its first games of the season, Eudora struggled to make the routine defensive plays necessary to get out of an inning. Now the Cardinals have found a groove in the field, and it has led to an equally impressive performance at the plate.
Eudora picked up where it left off last week, crushing the
ball at the dish and taking care of business in the field to sweep Anderson County on Saturday, 11-1 and 5-2.
Coach Shaun Edmondson believes his team's extra defensive practice is the reason that they've won three in a row.
"We've spent a lot of time working on that stuff," Edmondson said. "I don't think the first double-header was necessarily an indication of how we were going to be for the year, it was just one of those things where we made some mistakes. But since then, we've corrected them."
Eudora wasted little time getting started in game one, scoring two runs in each of the first two innings to open up a 4-0 lead. In the third inning the Cards left a runner stranded on third, but it would be the only inning in which they failed to bring someone across the plate.
Eudora tacked on four more runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh to bring its final tally to 11. Morgan Abel and Craig Harper each scored three runs in the game to lead the Cards.
"I think we're starting to figure a lot of things out offensively, our approach has been a lot better," Edmondson said.
In game two, the Cards again took an early lead, up 3-0 after two innings. Anderson County scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning but the Eudora pitchers shut it down after that.
While he was happy with the victories, Edmondson noticed that his team is still striking out more than he'd like.
"I think we'll score a lot more runs when we stop striking out so much," Edmondson said. "We're making strides, and while we're not where we need to be, we're getting closer and that's all you can ask for as a coaching staff. We're getting better each day."
Eudora struck out 13 times in the doubleheader.
The Cardinals were scheduled to host another doubleheader with Louisburg on Tuesday but it was postponed due to weather.
"You go to bed the night before assuming you're going to play and all day you're thinking you're going to play, and then as soon as it's called off it's a little bit of a let down," Edmondson said. "It might be good for us, though. The kids have a chance to catch up on homework. This was kind of their off day."
Edmondson had the team use the extra time to write thank you cards for their hit-a-thon, then sent them home to take care of homework and get some sleep.
"I want to make sure that we're fresh so we don't get bogged down," Edmondson said.
Eudora will play one game with St. James Academy at 4:30 p.m. Thursday evening, and the key to coming away with a victory, according to Edmondson, will be to keep things the way they are.
"We'll just continue with what we're doing right now," Edmondson said. "There are still some things to clean up and get better at, but we're also making progress."
Eudora also will play a double-header at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 at