Como Park scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to hand Hudson a 12-2 defeat by virtue of the ten-run rule in the Raider softball team's season opener last Thursday in St. Paul.
Como Park, fielding a lineup that included eight seniors and one junior, got some timely hits and took advantage of a few costly Hudson errors on its way to the win, according to first-year Raider coach Jim Revoir.
"Como played a great game and we struggled at the plate as well," Revoir said. "I think a combination of nerves and some fundamental errors were the difference in the game."
Among the highlights for Hudson was a solo home run by Megan Eisenmann, one of four Raider hits in the game, and strong pitching by Lexi Smith. Revoir also pointed to a pickoff play started by catcher Kindra Witthus as a bright spot.
"We were able to get a good look at a lot of players, and Como did a nice job exposing some of our weaknesses," Revoir said. "This will be a good game to learn from, and we will be able to focus our practices to prepare for New Richmond on Friday."
The Tigers come to town for the Raiders' home opener this Friday, April 13, at 5 p.m. at Grandview Park Field No. 5. Hudson will open Big Rivers Conference play Thursday, April 26, with a doubleheader at Menomonie.