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Baseball: Nice weekend for River Rats

Hudson River Rats second baseman Andy Edholm fires to first to complete a game-ending 5-4-3 double play and give the Rats an 8-6 victory over the Haugen Hornets Sunday afternoon at Grandview Park. The win gave Hudson a record of 3-0 over the weekend. Photo by Bob Burrows

The Hudson River Rats snapped a three-game losing streak by putting together three straight wins over the weekend, including a pair of St. Croix Valley Baseball League victories at Ellsworth and Spring Valley.

Hudson scored 11 runs with two outs in the top of the first on its way to a 20-8 win over the Ellsworth Hubbers Friday night, June 29. The Rats came back to edge the Spring Valley Hawks, 5-4, Saturday night before posting an 8-6 nonleague victory over the Haugen Hornets Sunday afternoon at Grandview Park.

The River Rats, now 4-5 in SCVBL play, visit the Plum City Blues (3-7) for their only game of the weekend this Saturday, July 7, at 1 p.m. Next Saturday, July 14, they visit the Hager City Skeeters (4-7) before returning home to host the Elmwood Expos (5-4) Sunday, July 15, at 1 p.m.

Hudson is currently in third place in the Eau Galle Division of the SCVBL, one game behind Elmwood. River Falls is in first with a record of 6-0. Prescott leads the St. Croix Division at 9-1 and has clinched a spot in the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs while Menomonie and Osceola are tied for first in the Red Cedar Division at 7-2.

The River Rats need to win four of their remaining six SCVBL games in order to qualify for the WBA playoffs.

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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