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Hudson River Rats improve to 3-1 in St. Croix Valley Baseball League

Hudson's Andy Edholm (No. 33) is welcomed home by teammate Jason Hollar after hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning against Plum City.1 / 2
The River Rats' Austin Booher delivers a pitch in the second inning against Plum City on Saturday, June 8, at Grandview Park.2 / 2

After opening the 2013 season with three straight losses, the Hudson River Rats of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League have won three straight games to even their season record at 4-4.

The Rats' latest win came last Saturday, June 8, at Grandview Park when they erased an early 2-0 deficit to Plum City with 13 unanswered runs in a 13-2, seven-inning victory to improve to 3-1 in SCVBL play. Sunday's scheduled game at Elmwood was rained out and will be made up July 28 on the Expos home field.

Hudson will travel to Ellsworth to take on the Hubbers this Friday night, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. They return to Grandview Park to host the St. Croix Falls Bandits on Saturday, June 22, at 1 p.m.

Last Saturday Plum City jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-run homer by Chris Biederman in the top of the first but Hudson starter Austin Booher and reliever Tyler Dierke held the Blues scoreless the rest of the way, combining for 13 strikeouts while holding Plum City to just two hits.

Hudson took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a two-run home run by Andy Edholm, before breaking the game open with a six-run fourth inning on RBI singles by Edholm, Ben Christiansen and Brent Blegen, a bases-loaded walk by Chris Dent and a two-run single by Paul Johnson.

Edholm finished with four hits and three RBI in the victory while Johnson had two hits and two RBI and Blegen drove in a pair of runs.

Booher allowed four hits and struck out nine in five innings of work before Dierke pitched two hitless innings of relief, striking out four.

The mood was dampened, however, when River Rats' rookie outfielder Michael Hommes was injured while making a diving catch in left field in the top of the seventh inning.

One week earlier the River Rats scored six runs in the first three innings and cruised to an 8-1 victory over the Spring Valley Hawks.

Jason Hollar went 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and Derek Krumrei had two hits and four runs batted in while Brian Sparstad allowed two hits through five innings to earn the win on the mound. Dierke struck out seven in three scoreless innings of relief before Edholm pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Hudson finished third at the annual Memorial Day Tournament in Spring Valley May 24-26, beating the Elmwood Expos, 12-2, Saturday behind a complete-game win from Travis Borowicz before falling to the River Falls Fighting Fish for the second time this season, 3-1, on Sunday.

Hudson went on to defeat Ellsworth, 7-1, in Monday's third place game behind a complete-game, six-hit effort from Johnson on the mound.

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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