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Hudson's Lauren Hanson tags out River Falls' Abby James at second base after James tried extending a single into a double in the third inning of a WIAA softball regional semifinal game last Tuesday at Grandview Park. James hit a ball off the fence in left-center field but Raider leftfielder Ellie Whitacre ran down the ball and rifled it to Hanson for the out. The Raiders lost however, 3-2. Photo by Bob Burrows

Raider softball team upset in regional semifinal

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Raider softball team upset in regional semifinal
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There's an old saying in sports that it's hard to beat a team three times in a season. The Raider softball team found that out the hard way in its WIAA regional semifinal against River Falls last Tuesday, May 29.


After sweeping a doubleheader from the Wildcats during the regular season, 7-3 and 15-0, the No. 3 seed Raiders dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 6 seed River Falls on a Wildcat solo home run in the top of the seventh.

The loss ended the Raiders' season with a record of 12-9 while River Falls advanced to Thursday's regional final where it lost, 8-1, to No. 2 seed Eau Claire North.

"It was a tough loss," Hudson coach Jim Revoir said. "We only had three hits and all three came from different people in the bottom of the order."

One of those hits was a solo home run by sophomore Brooke Little in the bottom of the second inning that gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead. River Falls went on top, 2-1, on a two-run home run by sophomore Carlie Christensen in the top of the third before Hudson tied the score in the fifth thanks to some daring base running by senior Maya Triebold.

Triebold was on second base when Kindra Witthus hit a ball deep into foul territory down the right field line. The Wildcat right fielder made the catch for the out and Triebold tagged up, kept going around third, and made a great slide at home to avoid the tag and tie the score, 2-2.

River Falls' senior Hayley Heschke hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh, and the Raiders couldn't answer in the bottom of the inning, to give the Wildcats the 3-2 victory, just their fourth win this season.

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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