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Senior Jake Giordana (21) is greeted by teammate Alex Barnard after scoring the Raiders’ first run of the season on a sacrifice fly by Miles Lewis in the bottom of the first inning against Simley last Thursday, April 10, at Grandview Park. Simley scored four runs in the top of the seventh to spoil Hudson’s opener with a 4-2 victory. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Bob Burrows)

Raider baseball team has a rough start to season

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The Raider baseball team opened the season with three home games in three days last week, posting a 10-0 victory over New Richmond Friday, April 11, sandwiched around a pair of tough losses to Minnesota teams.

Hudson opened the season by taking a 2-0 second-inning lead against Simley last Thursday, April 10, only to have Simley score four times in the top of the seventh to escape with a 4-2 victory.

Saturday, April 12, against Stillwater, the Raiders battled back from a 6-0, sixth-inning deficit to cut the Ponies’ lead to 7-4 in the bottom of the seventh only to come up short to the Minnesota Class 4AAA powerhouse.

The Raiders are scheduled to cross the border for two more nonconference games this week, Tuesday, April 15, at Mahtomedi and Thursday, April 17, at East Ridge, before opening Big Rivers Conference play with a doubleheader at Menomonie Tuesday, April 22.

It didn’t take the Raiders long to score their first run of the season last Thursday against Simley. Jake Giordana led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a long sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Miles Lewis.

Hudson added a run in the second when Ian Hutchinson drew a two-out walk, went to third on a single to right by Collin Rayome and scored on a wild pitch.

Sophomore Carter Elliott kept Simley off the scoreboard through six innings before a pair of unearned runs led to a four-run top of the seventh to give Simley the 4-2 victory.

Elliott allowed six hits and just two earned runs while striking out six in his varsity debut. Giordana was the only Raider with a two-hit game at the plate while Rayome, Hunter Frey and Bryce DuCharme had one hit each.

The Raider bats came alive Friday against New Richmond as they put ten runs on the board in just four innings to close out the Tigers, 10-0.

Hudson sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first and scored six times, highlighted by a two-run single by leadoff hitter Giordana in his second at-bat of the inning. Frey had an RBI double earlier in the inning while Alex Barnard added a run-scoring single.

The Raiders scored four more runs in the third on an RBI single by Connor Kressel and a two-run triple off the bat of Giordana.

Hutchinson and Jack Koski combined on a two-hit shutout in their varsity debuts on the mound.

Saturday against Stillwater the Raiders trailed 6-0 before Frey scored on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the sixth.

The Ponies extended their lead to 7-1 with a run in the top of the seventh. Lewis tripled in a pair of runs and scored on a sacrifice fly by Frey in the bottom of the seventh but that’s as close as the Raiders could get. The Raiders stranded 11 base runners in the game.

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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