Archive for Thursday, May 11, 2006

De Soto’s hoping to repay Eudora

May 11, 2006

SHHHH!

This is eyes-only information. Top secret, Tom Cruise in a movie kind of stuff.

The De Soto girls softball team has a plan to beat Eudora, its first round opponent in next week's regional tournament.

Granted it's questionable how much any plan could help -- the Cats fell to the Cardinals 10-0 and 8-0 and managed just four hits in a Tuesday doubleheader -- but, well, that's part of the plan.

"We didn't do anything to challenge them," De Soto coach Kelly Dennis said. "Maybe they'll overlook us."

It may sound silly. It may be a shot in a million. But Dennis said she's afraid it's her team's only chance, and with the possibility of just one game remaining in the season, she's looking for any plan she can find.

"Losing this way, (Eudora) could not come in more overconfident," Dennis said. "We just didn't show up tonight and hopefully we can get some luck early, get some runs and get them to play tight."

De Soto didn't give Eudora many reasons to worry about Monday's regional rematch. The Cardinals carved through the Cats, giving up four hits in the first game. De Soto managed to wreck a perfect game in game two only by being hit by two pitches.

Eudora scored four runs in the first game's first inning thanks to two errors, then scored five in the second game's fourth.

How many runs the Cardinals compiled mattered little, however.

"Zero runs in 14 innings," Dennis said simply. "We did get one person to third one time though."

As insignificant and at the same time frustrating a fact as that may be, it truly does summarize De Soto's day, and the team's last few weeks.

Even the bats that were strong at the beginning of the season have tailed off as Kira Gonzalez and Meagan Bliss are struggling at the plate.

"Kira hasn't hit the ball hard at all," Dennis said. "She started off the season hot, but hitting is one of those things that just gets worse the more you dwell on it. Meagan started hot as well, but now she's guessing at the plate. We're trying to work it out."

But, can it be turned around by Monday? De Soto improved upon its record from a year ago with a win Friday, 7-5 over Prairie View. Gonzalez had a pair of singles, Brittany Wright had a single and a double and five other Cats had hits.

So it can be done. Dennis said she knows the odds will be long -- her Cats are a No. 7 seed while Eudora in the No. 2 seed. She said her team has a chance.

"We need to get out and get some runs early and maybe we can make something happen," she said. "We'd like to think maybe we can play better than we did (Tuesday). We didn't compete."

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