Cardinals split doubleheader
In the second inning of Eudora's first game with Ottawa Tuesday evening, coach Shaun Edmondson's squad batted around the lineup and scored eight runs. The rest of the night the Cardinals plated two runs.
Eudora added another run in the fifth inning of game one and hung on for a 9-7 victory, then turned around and was blown out in four innings, 16-1.
This type of inconsistency isn't new for Eudora, but according to Edmondson the game two loss wasn't for a lack of trying.
"We were still sprinting after the ball and running the bases hard, but when we hit balls they got caught," Edmondson said. "When they hit balls they found holes, and then we walked a few guys and it all snowballed into an error then a couple of errors. But I wasn't disappointed in their effort."
Several times this season the Cardinal offense has shown the ability to explode at any given time, and the second inning of game two was just another example. Edmondson said the key to getting a big inning like that is to get the first couple batters on and aggressively attack the opponent on the base paths.
In the first three innings, Eudora's defense held Ottawa silent thanks to something it's been working hard on in practice.
"Today we did a tremendous job of catching every fly ball," said Edmondson. "There's not a fly ball that's hit that we're not going to catch, and that's huge because extra outs are big in this game."
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the Cyclones offense started hitting the ball where the defense wasn't and it resulted in three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. In the seventh, Ottawa put up a fight but center fielder Matthew Abel put his glove on a fly ball to end the game.
Abel led off the second game with a hit and camearound to score, but it was all Ottawa after that. The Cyclones scored six runs in the first, five in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth to get a run-rule victory over the Cardinals.
"Unfortunately, it's just the nature of the game. Sometimes everything goes one team's way," said Edmondson. "It stings a little bit right now that we didn't take two from them. We were more than capable of doing so.
"We're going to try and focus more on the win because you're not going to do any good by focusing on a loss like that."
The Cardinals were scheduled to play Bonner Springs last Friday but those games were postponed because of weather. Next up is a double-header with Louisburg that was originally scheduled for April 8 but was also pushed back because of weather. Despite that large defeat, Edmondson said his team is still moving in the right direction.
"We're making strides and I don't think wins and losses are necessarily a good indicator of how a team's playing," Edmondson said. "We're coming along right where we need to be right now."