Cards sweep Bonner, then swept by OHS
It seems the Eudora Cardinals baseball team is getting used to “grind-it-out” games.
Last week Eudora fell behind early against Spring Hill in the first game of its doubleheader, but came back to win the first game and then the second game. And Friday’s doubleheader in Bonner Springs turned out to be another one.
Eudora topped Bonner 8-5 in nine innings in the first game, and held on for a 5-3 win in the nightcap to earn the sweep. In the opener, Eudora was up four runs, before Bonner came back and tied. In the top of the ninth with two outs, Evan Cleveland was hit by a pitch, Craig Harper singled and Bryan Kindle blasted a game-winning three-run home run.
Kindle’s home run could have been for naught, had Eudora’s left-hander Derek Scrimsher not turned in a solid performance. Scrimsher came on in the fifth and pitched the rest of the way and didn’t give up a run.
“He did a really nice job,” Eudora coach Shaun Edmondson said. “Our pitchers did a terrific job. Over the 16 innings we played, we only walked four guys and not one pitcher had more than one walk.
“That was the tale-tell sign of it all. We didn’t execute tremendously offensively and defensively we made most of the routine plays, but overall we pitched well and that was the bottom line.”
Strong winds and a short field made for some good swings by both teams. Bonner Springs hit three home runs in the games, and Eudora hit two, as Coulter Vestal hit a home run in the second game.
Like Friday, most of Eudora’s games have been pretty competitive this season. Eudora has run-ruled just one of its opponents, but Edmondson said the team enjoyed those close-game battles.
“We take a lot of pride in out-competing our opponent and that’s what we’ve been doing,” Edmondson said.
The Cardinals are now 9-3 on the season and have won eight games in a row. Edmondson said the team’s hot streak was really just a reflection of how hard the team works every day.
“We try to improve every day, that’s the mission,” Edmondson said. “We’re starting to hit our stride to a certain extent. We still have a lot of room for growth, which is a good thing. But overall we do more of the little things better than our opponent and that has a lot to do with the eight-game winning streak we’re on right now.”
Eudora played Ottawa Tuesday night and lost both games, 5-2 and 3-2, in nine innings. Next up is a doubleheader against Baldwin Tuesday in Eudora.