Split drops softball to 11-8
With a final regular season record of 11-8, Eudora isn't really where coach Cara Kimberlin thought it should be.
"Honestly I saw us more like 16-4 or 15-5," Kimberlin said.
The difference has been a complete lack of consistency from the Cardinals, which Kimberlin said they display "on a nightly basis."
Eudora's inconsistency was in full swing Tuesday night, as it scored three runs in the first inning of game one and then managed just one more run in the remaining 13 innings. Three runs was good enough to escape with a 3-1 victory in the first game, but De Soto plated four runs in the nightcap, earning a 4-1 victory and a split of the double-header.
"I think that we have a real problem with letting up," senior Kayci Vickers said. "When we get ahead we get comfortable and then we just die.
Eudora's first three batters, Bailey Scott, Vickers and Evan Folks, all got on base and came around to score in the first. After that the bats fell silent, but pitcher Miranda Cobell had all the support she would need as she mowed down the Wildcat offense.
The Cardinals had a chance to increase their lead in the sixth inning, but consecutive base runners were gunned down trying to steal second base. Kimberlin took the blame for the outs but said she believed her team could run on the Wildcats.
Cobell ran into a little trouble in the seventh inning, walking the first two batters, but Folks ended any ideas of a rally by throwing out a runner at third base and forcing another into a rundown between second and third on the next play.
Still, Kimberlin said her team was lucky to get out of game one with a win. The luck didn't carry over to game two.
Mackenzie Salzman hit a double to plate Folks in the first inning of the nightcap, but again the offense went away and this time De Soto had a bigger response.
The Wildcats scored four runs in the third inning and their pitcher, Katie Williams, took care of the rest.
"You get tired as a coach of telling them the same things over and over," Kimberlin said. "She (Williams) was living on the outside of the plate, (the umpire) was calling the outside corner and we'd go up there and watch pitches go by and be surprised when we're getting punched out by pitches on the outside corner. It is frustrating because you start to wonder why you're even out here talking to them."
Cobell pitched two complete games on Tuesday and was solid for most of the night, but it wasn't enough to counteract Eudora's offensive inefficiencies.
"I don't have any answers except to keep chugging along, keep swinging the bat at practice and see what happens next week," Kimberlin said.
Vickers said she may know what the Cardinals are missing.
"We need to have someone step up as a leader and take charge of the team," Vickers said.
If Eudora wants to make it back to the state tournament that someone will need to stand up quickly as it hosts the first round of the regionals on Monday, May 12.