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Raider baseball comes up one win short of berth at state

Hudson's Kellen Pearson extends his lead off third as Todd Mork connects for a two-run single to put the Raiders on the scoreboard in the first inning of a WIAA regional baseball semifinal against Merrill last Tuesday at Grandview Park. Hudson erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to defeat the Bluejays 13-3. Photo by Bob Burrows

Hudson scored four runs in the top of the 11th inning to post a 5-1 victory over Marshfield in a WIAA sectional semifinal game Tuesday in Chippewa Falls before falling to Stevens Point, 4-2, in the sectional final later in the day to come up one win short of a berth in next week's state tournament.

The Raiders finished the season with a record of 16-9 while Stevens Point improved to 21-6 and will face Oconomowoc Tuesday, June 12, in a WIAA State Tournament quarterfinal game in Appleton.

Hudson scored four times, getting three hits and taking advantage of four walks in the inning, to snap a 1-1 tie against Marshfield.

Stevens Point scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-2 lead and the Raiders had the go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the seventh but couldn't capitalize.

See the June 14 print edition of the Star-Observer for the complete story.

Raider baseball team regional champs

Seventh-seeded Hudson scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning and made them stand up in a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Eau Claire Memorial in a WIAA Division 1 regional championship game last Thursday at Carson Park in Eau Claire.

After Eau Claire Memorial took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth in last Thursday's regional final, the Raiders answered with a pair of runs in their half of the fifth inning.

Kellen Pearson beat out a base-loaded grounder to short to deny the Old Abes an inning-ending double play and allow Drew Pheneger to score from third with the tying run. Brett Steinwagner followed with a single to left to score Mike Hommes with the go-ahead run from third.

Stef Smith, the Raiders' third pitcher of the game, worked two scoreless innings to earn the save.

Steinwagner, Pearson and Smith combined to allow just two Old Abe hits in the game. Steinwagner started and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits with five strikeouts and five walks. Pearson picked up the win with 1 1/3 inning of scoreless relief, striking out one and walking one.

Hommes and Austin Evenson each had two hits in the win.

Last Tuesday against Merrill, Todd Mork had two hits and three RBI, Chuck Peterson had two hits and two RBI, and Pheneger singled twice and drove in a run in the Raiders' 13-3 regional semifinal win.

Pearson contributed two RBI and scored twice and Josh Evenson singled, scored twice and drove in a run as the Raiders ended the game early with a 10-run fifth inning.

Pearson picked up the complete game win on the mound, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits while striking out three and walking three.

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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