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Softball right at home in sweep of Rice Lake

Hudson senior Serena Schultz connects for one of her two home runs in the second game of the Raider softball team's big Rivers Conference doubleheader with Rice Lake last Tuesday at Grandview Park. The Raiders swept the Warriors, 11-1 and 10-1. Photos by Bob Burrows1 / 2
Hudson's Savannah Kelley slides safely into second base in the second game of a doubleheader with Rice Lake last Tuesday at Grandview Park. Kelley singled to lead off the second inning and advanced to second on an error before scoring on a base hit by Cheyenne Massie. Photo by Bob Burrows2 / 2

The Raider softball team looked in midseason form in its first home doubleheader of the season last Tuesday against Rice Lake, pounding out 25 hits, including four home runs, and committing just one error while sweeping the Warriors 11-1 and 10-1.

The pair of victories improved the Raiders' record to 3-1 in this weather-stunted season. Head coach Jim Revoir said he was impressed with the team's play, especially since they've been cooped up inside most of the spring.

"Our defense was exceptional for being only the fourth day outside on dirt, especially since two of the four days we have been outside were game days, really not time to practice on it at all," he said. Our infielders Morgan (Fisher), Jordan (Little), JP (Jordan Petersen) and Serena (Shultz) picked up everything that was hit in their direction. Our outfielders Cheyenne (Massie), Meghan (Eisenmann) and Bridget (Warren), while they didn't see a lot of work, they got to everything hit their way as well."

Pitcher Kendra Little made sure the Raider outfielders didn't see much work. Little pitched a total of 11 innings in the doubleheader, allowing just six hits and one walk.

"She was pitching so well after the first seven innings we decided to let her start the second game where she dominated there as well," Revoir said.

Catcher Kindra Witthus threw out all four Warrior baserunners who attempted to steal, and the Raiders allowed just one Rice Lake player to reach third base in each game, eventually resulting in their only runs.

Freshman Jordan Little hit her first varsity homer and older sister Kendra Little homered once while Schultz went deep twice in the doubleheader.

"We had some very unselfish play by our offense when pinch hitters, Savannah Kelley in the first game and Maddie Misura in the second game, were asked to come in to the game in key situations," Revoir said. "The girls got key hits that scored runs in both games. Ellie Whitacre and Elaina Francel also made appearances in the games and did a great job filling in their roles as well."

Revoir said he was also impressed with the Raider fans at the first home games of the season.

"The fans made a huge difference," he noted. "We had so many there, both high school kids and parents, and it was a huge booster for us. Getting both the crowd and the kids into the game was pretty fun."

The Raiders will play doubleheaders at River Falls Thursday, May 9; host Eau Claire North Monday, May 18 and host Chippewa Falls Thursday, May 16. All games begin at 4 p.m.

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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