Eudora softball takes third place at state

The Eudora softball team claimed third place in the 4A state tournament in Salina in dramatic fashion Friday evening, rallying from three runs down to beat Towanda-Circle 5-4 in extra innings.

Jaiden Burris put the final ball in play for the Cardinals’ eighth-inning walk-off, after Katie Courter and Lexi Born led off the inning with a pair of hits to put Circle in a tough spot, per the Eudora athletic department’s live game updates.

Leslie Cundiff drove in a pair of runs on a second-inning double and fourth-inning single, before Olivia O’Toole and Reese Pattison picked up the slack in the later innings with RBIs of their own.

Eudora, which entered as the No. 3 seed and eventually reached its expected position, had made it to the state semifinals with a 2-1 victory over St. George-Rock Creek on Thursday night. That game, which started nearly three hours late after a 17-inning marathon between Wamego and Clearwater, featured a stingy showing by Samantha Claire in the circle and an RBI groundout by Kenzie Yoder in the fourth inning that went down as the eventual game-winner.

On Friday afternoon, though, the Cardinals ran into Wamego in the state semifinals for the second straight year, and also for the second straight year lost in a low-scoring shutout. Wamego’s two runs in the fourth inning were more than enough as Eudora was unable to record a hit against pitcher Peyton Hardenburger, who had also thrown the entirety of the 17-inning game on Thursday night.

The Cardinals’ offense bounced back and strung together enough offensive production, however, for the third-place victory, just as it did last year.


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