Softball wraps up busy weekThe Raider softball team bounced back from a doubleheader loss to Rice Lake last Tuesday to sweep Eau Claire North Thursday before going 2-1 at a tournament in Fridley, Minn., on Saturday.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
The Raider softball team bounced back from a doubleheader loss to Rice Lake last Tuesday to sweep Eau Claire North Thursday before going 2-1 at a tournament in Fridley, Minn., on Saturday.
After playing seven games in five days, the Raiders, now 5-3 in the Big Rivers Conference, 9-4 overall, face a lighter schedule this week. They hosted Chippewa Falls in a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 10 and will play at a tournament in Robbinsdale, Minn., this Saturday, May 14.
Last Saturday the Raiders won two of three games at the Fridley Tournament. Junior pitcher Lexi Smith twirled a no-hitter to lead the Raiders to a 10-0 win over Somerset and the Raiders defeated Fridley, 13-1, while losing to Coon Rapids, 8-2.
Smith struck out seven and walked one in the six-inning win over Somerset and helped herself with a pair of hits at the plate while Maya Triebold had three hits and scored twice, and Deven DuCharme and Laura Hanson had two hits each.
DuCharme and Kindra Witthus each tripled in the win while Sydney Berger, Shelby Berger and Ellie Whitacre all contributed singles.
Against Fridley, the Raiders erupted for eight runs in the top of the second on their way to a 13-1, five-inning victory.
Witthus had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs while DuCharme had a pair of singles and scored a run. Alex Johnson earned the win on the mound, allowing two hits while striking out five and walking five.
The Raiders’ only loss of the tournament came by an 8-2 score to Coon Rapids. DuCharme accounted for both Raiders runs with a two-run home run in the first inning.
Last Thursday Hudson swept Eau Claire North, 5-3 and 5-2, to improve to 5-3 in BRC play.
Witthus had two hits, including a two-run home run, and drove in three runs in the first game while Triebold had two hits and an RBI and Sydney Berger had two hits and two runs scored. Triebold also had two hits and an RBI while Johnson struck out four while allowing eight hits and three earned runs to earn the win on the mound.
In the nightcap, Triebold hit a two-run homer to highlight a three-run third inning as the Raiders went on to a 5-2 victory.
DuCharme contributed two hits, including a double, and one RBI while Shelby Berger had two hits and scored a run. Smith went the distance on the mound, allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out two and walking one.
Last Tuesday against Rice Lake, Witthus homered twice and Smith added a double but the Warriors scored four times in the top of the seventh to take an 8-3 lead. Hudson scored twice in the bottom of the inning but the Warriors held on for the 8-5 victory.
Hudson was held to just one hit in a 2-0 loss in the nightcap.