24 runs mean 2 diamond winsThe scores were big last week, with winning teams posting double-digit runs, as the Raider baseball team capped off its regular season.
The scores were big last week, with winning teams posting double-digit runs, as the Raider baseball team capped off its regular season.
Hudson started by trouncing Barron 11-2, then beating Como Park 10-5, but losing to Eau Claire Memorial 11-3.
Against Barron, Chase Graskewicz went 2-for-3, with two runs and 2 RBI, Mat Drew doubled and singled for a run and 2 RBI, Mike Sarno was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, and Zach Morrissey had a pair of both runs scored and RBI.
Sarno got the win over four innings, posting seven strikeouts, and allowing two walks, seven hits and two earned runs. Jeff Schmitz struck out two in his two innings. Graskewicz finished with a strikeout and a walk.
When facing Como Park, Morrissey singled twice for a run and an RBI, Graskewicz doubled and singled for a run and 2 RBI, and Drew singled and scored two runs.
Tyler Dierke doubled and picked up 3 RBI, and Andy Edholm and Kory Koller also were 1-for-3. They both scored two runs and had an RBI.
Dierke fanned 12 and walked three, while surrendering three walks, six hits and three earned runs. The defense turned its tenth double play of the season.
“Tyler had a pretty dominate performance for us at Como Park,” said Coach Ryan Huppert. “A few things got away from him and we didn’t make a couple plays behind him in the seventh inning, but other then that he was very sharp. As we move towards the playoffs, we’ll need more performances like that from Tyler and the rest of the staff if we want to advance deep into the tournament.”
Hudson had one hit vs. Memorial and Bryan Lindstrom, Sarno and Schmitz did the pitching. “We did a good job early capitalizing on Memorial’s mistakes to jump out to a 3-0 lead,” Huppert said. “Unfortunately, we made some mistakes of our own defensively in the fifth inning that gave them the lead back. We have a few things we need to address and clean up, but we’ll be ready to compete Friday in playoffs.”
That game will be played vs. Menomonie or Superior at 5 p.m. at Grandview Park. The winner will advance to sectional play in Stevens Point next Thursday for a noon game. The sectional final contest is at 7 p.m.
Hudson ends its regular season with a 10-7 record, including 6-6 in the Big Rivers Conference.