Softball sweeps Wellsville
Folks, Cobell shutdown Wellsville in doubleheader sweep
Evan Folks finally got to take a rest.
Folks had played every inning for the Eudora High softball team the past two and a half years until she was taken out with one out in the top of the sixth inning in the second game of Eudora’s doubleheader against Wellsville Friday at Eudora.
Folks, who is usually Eudora’s starting catcher, was Eudora’s starting pitcher and was relieved by game one starter Miranda Cobell. Cobell finished off the game, and Eudora swept Wellsville, winning 2-1 in the first game and 3-1 in the nightcap.
“I went out there and she was kind of winded and tired,” Eudora softball coach Cara Kimberlin said. “We had just gone past her in the hitting lineup, so I just said, ‘I’m going to pull you, and if we come back around in the seventh and we need you to hit, I’ll renter you and hit you.’ She was just a little gassed.”
Folks, who was an all-state performer behind the plate for the Cardinals the past two years, has started a couple games for the Cardinals this season and said the move to the mound was quite natural for her.
“I’ve been pitching since I was 10,” Folks said. “So I was like, ‘I might as well do what I needed to do’ and I was just helping the team out.”
In Eudora’s two-run first inning of the second game, Folks reached on an error with one out, and leadoff hitter Bailey Scott advanced to third from second. Madison Oller drove Scott in with an RBI single to right, and Folks scored on a bunt single by Mallory Reese.
Reese, who played catcher in the nightcap and third base in the opener, made a diving stop on a grounder at third in the top of the seventh and tagged out the Wellsville runner who was heading toward third for the game’s final out. Reese made another strong defensive play in the first inning of game two as Eudora dropped a fly ball at second. With two outs, the Wellsville runner at second was off on contact and dashed toward the plate. Eudora fired the ball to home, and Reese blocked the plate and tagged out the runner to end the inning.
“She’s just a very headsy ball player,” Kimberlin said.
Eudora scored another run in the second inning on Folk’s RBI double that scored Scott. After giving up a run in the second, Folks settled down and struck out five consecutive Wellsville batters in the third and fourth innings.
From the dugout, Folks watched Cobell close out the game. Cobell pitched a complete game in the opener and pitched 1 2/3 innings in the second game, giving up no hits three walks and two strikeouts. Cobell has shown this season the ability to come back after falling behind in the count.
“It’s mental toughness,” Cobell said. “The first game I told myself each batter has a 3-0 count because I was focusing more if I was down in the count and had to come back. So that’s what I was telling myself, and when I pitched in the second game it really helped.”
With the win, Eudora moves to 7-4 on the season. The Cardinals have now won five in a row.
“We’re getting there,” Folks said. “We had a slow start, but we’ll finish strong.”
Eudora's games against Anderson County and Ottawa were rained out Monday and Tuesday. Eudora will play a road contest Thursday at St. James.