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Raiders claim first conference baseball title in 34 years

Hudson Raiders 2013 Big Rivers Conference champion

The Hudson Raider baseball team clinched its first conference championship since 1979 Tuesday, May 21, by sweeping a doubleheader from Eau Claire North, 4-2 and 5-3, at Eau Claire's Carson Park.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning in the second game of the doubleheader, Raider senior Mike Hommes delivered an RBI single up the middle to give Hudson the lead for good. Hommes went on to pitch two perfect innings in relief of starting pitcher Stef Smith to earn the save.

Eau Claire North had won 15 of the last 16 meetings between the two teams, including the last seven.

Hudson finished the season all alone in first place in the Big Rivers Conference with a record of 11-1. The title marks the first time in 10 years a team from Eau Claire has not claimed at least a share of the Big Rivers Conference championship.

The Raiders earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the 12-team WIAA sectional bracket and will open the playoffs at home Thursday, May 30, against either No. 7 New Richmond or No. 10 Merrill.

See the May 30 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer for the complete story.

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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