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Hudson senior Brett Steinwagner delivers a pitch to the plate in the second inning of the Raiders' 4-1 victory over River Falls last Tuesday at Grandview Park. Steinwagner struck out five and allowed just one hit over the first three innings and drove in a pair of runs at the plate to help the Raiders snap a three-game Big Rivers Conference losing streak. Photo by Bob Burrows

Hudson Baseball: Raiders snap three-game skid

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Brett Steinwagner and Mike Hommes teamed up on the mound to allow just five hits and Steinwagner drove in a pair of runs at the plate as the Raider baseball team snapped a three-game Big Rivers Conference losing streak with a 4-1 victory over River Falls last Tuesday at Grandview Park.


Saturday night the Raiders dropped a 4-3 nonconference decision in eight innings to Red Wing under the lights of Red Wing's Municipal Stadium.

Last Tuesday's win over River Falls kept the Raiders two games behind BRC leader Eau Claire Memorial in the standings with three conference games remaining.

Hudson, now 5-4 in BRC play, 8-6 overall, visited Rice Lake (1-8, 4-12) Tuesday May 15, before wrapping up their conference schedule with home games this Friday, May 18, against Eau Claire North (6-3, 8-5) and Tuesday, May 22, against Chippewa Falls (6-4, 12-8), both at 5 p.m. In between they play a nonconference doubleheader at Onalaska Saturday, May 19, beginning at 11 a.m.

Last Tuesday at home against River Falls, Hudson jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Drew Pheneger laid down a two-out bunt for a single and scored on a double by Steinwagner.

The Wildcats scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth to tie the score but the Raiders answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Austin Evenson led off with a base hit, moved to third on a pair of Wildcat throwing errors, and scored on a one out single by Josh Evenson. Mile Lewis followed with a single and Jake Shaw singled to drive in Josh Evenson to make the score 3-1. Steinwagner later reached on an error, allowing Lewis to score the Raiders' final run.

Josh Evenson reached base all three times, including a double and RBI single, while Pheneger and Shaw added two hits each.

Steinwagner started on the mound and worked three scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out five and walking two. Hommes pitched the final four innings to earn the win, allowing one unearned run on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

Saturday night in Red Wing, Hudson was clinging to a 3-2 lead before the Wingers pushed the tying run across in the bottom of the seventh and won it with a run in the bottom of the eighth.

The Raiders trailed 2-0 after five before scoring three times in the top of the sixth to take a 3-2 lead.

Hommes led off the inning with a single, stole second and scored on a one-out base hit by Austin Evenson for Hudson's first run of the game. Evenson went to second on the throw home, and after Josh Evenson was hit by a pitch, Todd Mork doubled to drive in Austin Evenson with the tying run.

Josh Evenson was thrown out on a failed squeeze play at home for the second out of the inning before Lewis singled to drive in Mork and give Hudson a 3-2 lead.

Stef Smith worked the first seven innings on the mound and allowed three earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts, three walks and one hit batter. Josh Evenson took the loss, allowing one hit, walking two and hitting one batter in the bottom of the eighth.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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