Power surge carries Raider softballThe Raider softball team continued its assault on opponents’ pitching last week, hitting four home runs while going 6-1 overall, including capturing the championship at the Princeton, Minn., Tournament Saturday, May 8.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
The Raider softball team continued its assault on opponents’ pitching last week, hitting four home runs while going 6-1 overall, including capturing the championship at the Princeton, Minn., Tournament Saturday, May 8.
In nine games between April 29 and Saturday’s tournament opener at Princeton, five different Raiders combined for seven home runs.
The latest long ball came Saturday against Zimmerman, when Devan DuCharme led off the game with a solo home run for all the scoring the Raiders would need in a 5-0 victory at the Princeton Tournament as Abby Singerhouse threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout.
Singerhouse helped her own cause with an RBI single in the first inning and DuCharme and Singerhouse both scored on a triple by Courtney Whaley in the third before Whaley would come home on a single by Kindra Witthus for the Raiders final run.
Whaley and Lexi Smith combined for a no-hitter in the second game as the Raiders downed Princeton, 10-0. Witthus had three hits, including a double, and drove in four runs while Whaley had three hits and two RBI and Betsie Ferguson had a two-run double. Brittany Jennings also doubled in a run to help Hudson advance to the title game against Grand Rapids.
Singerhouse returned to the mound in the championship game and threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout as Hudson won the title with another 10-0 victory.
DuCharme had three hits, including a triple, and two RBI while Singerhouse drove in a pair of runs and Ferguson, Syndey Berger, Destrey Zarfos, Missy Tennant and Erin Anderson had an RBI apiece.
Two days earlier the Raiders swept a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader from Eau Claire North, 4-0 and 8-6.
Whaley had a bases-loaded triple to highlight a four-run third inning in the first game and added a two-run homer in the nightcap. Ferguson had four hits in the doubleheader, including a two-run double in the second game that snapped a 6-6 tie in the top of the seventh. She finished with three RBI in the win. Jennings also doubled in a pair of runs in the nightcap.
Singerhouse earned the victory on the mound in both games, twirling a complete-game, two-hit shutout in the opener before working three innings and allowing two earned runs in relief of Whaley in the nightcap.
The Raiders started the week with a 5-1 victory Tuesday at Rice Lake before suffering their first loss of the season, 6-4 in the nightcap.
Whaley, Witthus and Ferguson all had two hits in the first game while Singerhouse struck out seven and allowed one earned run.
Hudson hit back-to-back home runs in the nightcap. No. 9 hitter Alli Kocik and lead-off batter DuCharme both went deep in the fifth inning to give the Raiders a 3-1 lead but the Warriors took advantage of some Raider miscues to score three runs in the fifth on their way to a 6-4 victory. Kocik, Berger, Singerhouse and Whaley all had two hits in the loss.
Hudson, now 7-1 in the BRC, 15-1 overall, will compete at the Robbinsdale Cooper Tournament Saturday before returning home to host Baldwin-Woodville on Tuesday, May 18, at 5 p.m.