Junior pitcher Trina Williams has shined early for Eudora High's softball team.
At last weekend's Spring Hill tournament, Williams tossed a no-hitter. On Tuesday, Williams struck out eight in a 3-1 victory over Oskaloosa.
"She's got some speed and can hit the corners well," first-year EHS coach Melissa McGraw said.
The Cardinals (2-4) split with Oskie two days ago. The Bears beat Eudora, 13-3, in the second game.
The Cards' varsity team consists of two seniors, five juniors, one sophomore and four freshmen.
"We're a young team and hope some of the younger girls help us out toward the midde of the season," McGraw said.
Eudora fields a junior varsity team for the first time. The Cards are in their third season of softball.
"We're real proud of what the program has developed into, " said McGraw, who has 24 varsity and JV players.
Freshman Darcie Rodgers is Eudora's No. 2 pitcher.
Other key players are junior shortstop Leslie Stumpff and freshman catcher Jamie Grant.
"She's a solid fundamental player," McGraw said of Stumpff. "And Jamie has strong arm and seems to be a powerful hitter."
Eudora's next game is next Thursday at Spring Hill.
What does Bob Sailler know about his EHS baseball team heading into this afternoon's opener at home against Bonner Springs?
"We have a lot slashes on our team," said third-year coach Sailler, referring to his Cardinals who play various positions.
The Cardinals finished 8-10 last season -- their second year of baseball.
Senior Corrie Jackson, a second-team all-state selection last year, is Eudora's top pitcher.
"He has good velocity and excellent control," Sailler said of his three-year starter.
Other three-year starters are senior Marty Dunavin (center fielder), senior Bryan Cribbs (pitcher-first baseman-outfielder) and junior Abram Chrislip (shortstop-pitcher).
"We have a lot of kids enthusiastic about the game," Sailler said.
Coach Dave Durkin has just three seniors combined on the boys and girls track teams.
"We're kind of young, basically a team of freshmen and juniors," Durkin said.
Junior Eric Bloom, a state medalist in cross country, headlines the Cards' middle distance runners. He will run the 800 and was part of Eudora's 4x800 relay team that qualified for state last year.
Junior Kenan Staples is another distance runner Durkin plans to depend on.
Sophomore Bryce Vermillion, a solid hurdler, ran on the mile relay team at state as a freshman.
"Our kids are working hard," said Durkin, whose team opens today at Baldwin. "We're young we're going to ease the kids into varsity meets."
The EHS girls distance runners also appear solid. Freshman Jessa Stein, a standout cross country runner, leads the running corps.
Soph Sherry Smith's speciality is the 400.
Freshmen Allison Rose competes in the high jump and quarter mile.
"We hope by the time the season is over she can do some damage," Durkin said.
On April 19, Eudora will host the 12-team Cardinal Relays for its biggest home meet of the season.