Nine-run sixth propels Cards in BHS sweep
The Eudora Cardinals summer varsity baseball team showed it has many of the same characteristics the high school team had this spring, most notably the ability to come back.
Eudora had a two-run lead heading into the top of the sixth inning June 17 against visiting Burlington. The visitors played like they were right at home during that frame, and crossed the plate seven times to retake the lead.
The Cardinals, though, didn’t flinch. Eudora answered with nine runs in the bottom half of the inning and won game one of the doubleheader, 14-10. The Cardinals then cruised to an 11-1 win in the nightcap to earn the sweep.
“I thought we did a really nice job of staying with our game plan and not allowing — baseball is such a mental game — you get up 5-2 and then you’re down 10-5,” Eudora baseball coach Shaun Edmondson said. “A lot of teams quit in that situation. You don’t expect to throw up a nine-spot in the next inning, but that’s kind of the mindset that our kids have. When we get down it doesn’t affect us. It’s just get back to work.”
With two on in the bottom of the sixth, Chase Brecheisen had an RBI single and Craig Harper followed with an infield hit to load the bases. Evan Cleveland hit a two-run single and Nick Mills drove Harper home with another single. Eudora’s first seven batters reached before Burlington recorded an out.
“We knew we still had plenty of time and there was plenty of game left to come back and win it,” Brecheisen said. “And everyone just had to go out there and do their job, and we did that. Guys got on base and we just kept on moving runners, kept on putting the ball in play and good things happened for us.”
Sophomore David Pierce replaced game one starter Zach Bryant in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and two outs. Pierce threw one pitch and got out of the inning with no more damage done.
Pierce then pitched a scoreless fifth before struggling in the sixth. Pierce’s plunked three batters in the sixth inning where 11 batters came to the plate.
Catcher Tyler Beebe, who caught both games of the doubleheader, trotted out to the mound to chat with the young starter to help him through the inning.
“I just told him to relax and not worry about the game,” Beebe said. “Just throw strikes, let our defense work because we’ve been making plays all day. And he did it, and he got out of there.”
The Cardinals returned to the dugout down 10-5, but the hot hitting continued during the bottom half of the frame and Eudora retook the lead.
Bryan Dudley pitched the seventh to get the save.
Harper started the second game and pitched five innings allowing one run on two hits while striking out five.
Eudora led by one in the top of the fourth, but two walks and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases for Burlington.
Harper, though, rebounded and struck out the next three batters. Eudora then scored one run in the fourth, five in the fifth and three in the sixth to win the game, 11-1.
It was the fist time in nine days that the Cardinals had played because of rainouts and breaks in the schedule.
“The nine-game layoff was worth the wait,” Edmondson said.