Cyclones sweep Cards
Three innings into the first game of Eudora’s doubleheader against Ottawa, 21 runners had already crossed the plate. And there was more to come.
Down by three at the end of the third, the Cardinals gave up five more runs to the Cyclones over the next three innings and were eventually run-ruled 17-9. Eudora played much better in the second game, but Ottawa held on for a 4-1 win to earn the sweep Wednesday night at Eudora.
“More than anything we’re going to take a learning lesson from this and try to get better,” Eudora coach Shaun Edmondson said.
In the opener, Ottawa scored four in the top of the first and eight in the third. Eudora answered Ottawa both times with a scoring burst of it’s own, scoring two in the bottom of the first and seven in the bottom of the third.
Down 12-2 going into the bottom half of the inning, the Cardinals were in danger of being run-ruled early. But they fought back, as Nick Mills and Tyler Beebe drew consecutive walks to open the inning and David Pierce singled to left to load the bases. Coty Stoneking and Sean Moran were then both hit by pitches and Eudora scored two cheap runs.
Matthew Gadberry followed with an RBI single and Bryan Dudley hit a two-run double to make the score 12-7. Mack Hartwell and Mills had consecutive RBIs, and Eudora was right back in the game at 12-9.
“We just try to go out there with the right mindset,” outfielder Sean Moran said, who had also had a walk and a double in the opener. “Even if there are two outs, we still want to battle and try to get on base. I think we just had a bunch of batters who were smart and somehow got on base.”
But Ottawa’s bats heated up again, and aided by several Cardinal miscues, the Cyclones won in a blowout.
Craig Harper started the second game for Eudora and pitched a complete game, totaling 12 strikeouts and just two walks. Ottawa scored four runs in the top of the third, as it loaded the bases on two bloop singles and an error. Ottawa took advantage and hit a bases clearing triple just fair down the left field line. Ottawa then scored its last run on a ball in the dirt that went to the backstop.
Down by four, Harper then struck out the next three batters to end the third inning, and struck out the side in the fourth. Harper fanned nine Cyclones through four innings.
“I just tried to throw hard and I hit my spots away,” Harper said. “The umpire didn’t really like it low, so I was in and out. I kind of pitched it away from them and then I went right at them. I had good stuff.”
Eudora had a golden scoring opportunity in the fourth with two on and one out, but Zach Bryant’s screaming line drive led the Ottawa third baseman right to the bag for a force out and Bryant was thrown out at first.
Eudora loaded the bases in the sixth and scored one run on a sac fly by Hartwell, but that was all the offense Eudora could muster against undefeated Ottawa.
“The second game was a good baseball game,” Edmondson said. “We throw our stud out there and he pitched his tail off and they score all their runs in one inning. But overall the effort was pretty good. The kids played hard, both teams played good baseball, it was just one of those things where one inning went one way or the other. We had a couple opportunities to have big innings and for whatever reason we weren’t able to get the breaks, but that happens sometimes.”
Next up for the Cardinals (11-10) is a round-robin tournament Saturday at Eudora. The Cardinals will play Pomona and Wellsville. Eudora will then travel Tuesday to Osawatomie for their opening round game of the league tournament.