Archive for Thursday, March 25, 2010

St. James’ rally falls short against Eudora

St. James Academy's Derek Roberts is congratulated by teammate Adam Burns (5) after scoring a run against Eudora. The Cardinals rallied for a 5-4 victory.

St. James Academy's Derek Roberts is congratulated by teammate Adam Burns (5) after scoring a run against Eudora. The Cardinals rallied for a 5-4 victory.

March 25, 2010

Barely 24 hours after suffering a season-opening 3-1 loss to Class 6A powerhouse Lawrence Free State, St. James Academy returned to its own class size for a 4A showdown with Eudora.

St. James Academy pitcher Kyle Urban allowed just one hit and one run in four innings of work against Eudora.

St. James Academy pitcher Kyle Urban allowed just one hit and one run in four innings of work against Eudora.

The Thunder jumped on top early, but a rough patch in the fifth inning caused them to fall behind and ultimately lose, 5-4, Thursday night at Mid-America Sports Complex.

“It’s one of those things where we didn’t do enough to win that game,” St. James coach Brian Bucklin said. “We gave them a lot, and at the plate too.

“We gave them 12 free bases, either by walks or errors or by twice they advance on two bases on a ball behind the dish. Those are things that if we are going to play winning ball we can’t do, and those are easily correctible.”

The Thunder got off to a good start with Kyle Urban on the mound. He allowed just one hit and two walks through four innings while striking out four, and he left the game with a 2-1 lead.

St. James plated its two early runs in the second inning. Derek Roberts bunted for a one-out single and Nick Deichler followed with a walk. Drew Martinez drove home Roberts with a base hit to left, and Deichler scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Wodtke.

Eudora turned a leadoff walk into a run in the top of the fourth to pull within 2-1.

Chase Jackson entered in relief for Urban in the fifth inning. Jackson walked the first batter he faced, but he got the next two out. Two more walks, a base hit and two errors allowed the Cardinals to plate four runs and take a 5-2 lead before Adam Burns entered in relief for St. James.

Burns faced seven batters and got them all out during the final 2 1/3 innings. His precision on the mound gave St. James a chance to rally, and the Thunder almost pulled off the comeback.

“What (Burns) brings is just good tempo and he throws strikes. It’s no secret after that,” Bucklin said. “You can go back forever, if a pitcher throws strikes you’re going to get people out.”

Trailing 5-2 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Martinez earned a leadoff walk. Austin Murrell struck out, but Wodtke came up next and was hit by a pitch. Then Calin McCourt loaded the bases when he reached on an error. Next, Doug Leikam grounded out, but two runs scored on the play to make it 5-4, but Andrew Tenbrink struck out to end the game.

“We did battle at the end, and that’s a good thing,” Bucklin said. “We executed some things. You always talk about in baseball executing what you’re asked to do, and in the seventh we were taking (pitches), we got some guys on, guy gets hit by a pitch, and all of a sudden we’ve got something rolling, so it was good to see it there. But you’ve got to have it for seven innings. Being consistent is the key in baseball, so that’s what our focus is going to be and that’s the point we’ve been trying to make the last couple nights.”

St. James (0-2) next plays Monday at Bishop Miege, followed by a Tuesday game at Baldwin and a Wednesday contest at home against Maranatha Academy. Playing five games in eight days might seem overwhelming, but Bucklin said he likes to have his team active early in the season.

“We do like to get them out here early and see what we’ve got, because we’ve got to figure out who’s going to win some spots and see who are going to be the most consistent guys for us,” he said.


jessie88 5 years, 8 months ago

Why is this article written from the perspective of St. James? Is this what we are going to get now that the Eudora News is out of print? Very sad that our kids can't get their own article about a great win.


thiisiknow 5 years, 8 months ago

The reporters for the paper were let go and obviously the newspaper reporting on St. James is what we get. Unless a parent or teacher submits the story we will have what we have from another source. The JW is at least still putting it on our newspaper page.


amyhvestal 5 years, 8 months ago

So disappointed that there was just a tiny box score about Eudora High School's first baseball game in the Lawrence Journal World, but honestly surprised. Did notice, however, that the article posted on The Eudora News in the sports section was a very nice article about THE OTHER and all!!!! Seems like pouring salt into the wound of all the people of Eudora that the Shawnee Gazette made the cut and....sorry, but your paper didn't! As a journalist who works for another paper owned by the Lawrence Journal World, I would think that if the article was going to be used for both teams, it would make sense to write about BOTH teams! Journalists have been writing about the game and not a specific team for years!!!!! Even though The Eudora News was the paper chosen for the chopping block, I must say, it is nice to be able to click on "Eudora" on line. How long is that going to last?


amyhvestal 5 years, 8 months ago

Sorry...realized I made a mistake-It is the Shawnee Dispatch and not the Shawnee Gazette.


jhawkkarla 5 years, 8 months ago

This is pathetic! OUR paper, OUR town, OUR kids, and someone else’s article!?! Do they really think that this is what we want to read about? First they end our paper, now they use another paper’s article to cover the game, including pictures. Jeff has done such a great job of covering our kids these past few years (thank you Jeff); is this just a sad sign of the times? Please JW! You’ve got to do better than this, or your subscriptions will surely fall off in our community!


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