Baseball team advances to state
The Eudora Cardinals Legion team defeated Bishop-Ward, 8-4, in eight innings in the championship game of the zone tournament Saturday in Kansas City to advance to this week’s American Legion AA State Tournament in Sabetha.
“It was pretty exciting,” Eudora baseball coach Shaun Edmondson said. “I think all of us coaches and players and parents were all really excited about winning that tournament. That tournament was stacked.”
Eudora entered zone play as the No. 3 seed in the tournament, and the Cardinals were the only team to go undefeated in the double elimination tournament. Eudora knocked off Silver Lake, 11-3, in the opening round and Bishop-Ward, 8-0, in the second round to earn a third round bye.
Eudora then met Bishop-Ward again in the final and scored four runs in the top off the eight, thanks in part to a dropped third strike that allowed Evan Cleveland to reach first base to start the inning. Cleveland then stole second, and Eudora soon tallied four runs to take control of the game late.
Derek Scrimsher entered the game in the fifth and pitched the rest of the way to get the win. By defeating Silver Lake and Bishop-Ward, Eudora ousted two teams that have won numerous high school championships.
Eudora will play Zone I winner Doniphan County in the opening round of the double elimination tournament at 1 p.m. Thursday at Somerset Park in Sabetha. For more on this story, read Thursday's Eudora News.