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Raider baseball swept by RF

Hudson third baseman Max Stubbendick tags out River Falls' Zach Hadzima (16) trying to advance on a ground ball for the final out of the sixth inning in the Raiders' 3-0 loss to the Wildcats Tuesday, April, 11 at Grandview Park. Bob Burrows / Rivertown Multimedia1 / 2
Hudson starting pitcher Garrett Hendricks delivers a pitch to the plate in the fourth inning of the Raiders' 3-0 loss to River Falls Tuesday, April 11. Hendricks allowed two runs, one earned, in 4 1/3-innings. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The Raider baseball team opened Big Rivers Conference play with a home-and-home series against River Falls last week and came out on the short end of both scores, 3-0 Tuesday at Grandview Park and 6-4 Thursday in River Falls.

The Raiders rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth Thursday in River Falls but couldn't overcome an early 6-0 deficit to the Wildcats. Five Raider errors led to three unearned runs for River Falls, who opened up a 6-0 lead after two innings.

Hudson scored a run in the top of the fourth when Matt Barnard singled, moved to second on a fielder's choice and scored on an error.

Max Stubbendick led off the top of the sixth with a single and Barnard reached on an error before Garrett Huhn singled to load the bases with one out. Stubbendick came home on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Devon Daulton and Joe Garcia doubled in Barnard and Huhn to make it a 6-4 game, but that's as close as Hudson could get.

Stubbendick finished with three of Hudson's six hits in the game while Max Elliott allowed six runs, three earned in 1 2/3 innings on the mound to take the loss. Sam Chase allowed just one Wildcat hit over the final 4 1/3 innings while striking out three.

Two days earlier at Grandview Park, River Falls scratched out an unearned run in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead, and plated two more runs in the top of the fifth and held on for a 3-0 victory.

Hudson threatened in the bottom of the third when Stubbendick reached on an error and moved to third on a two-out single by Barnard.

The Raiders had just two baserunners through the next three innings until a walk by Daulton, a single by Garcia and a fielder's choice put runners at second and third with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but both runners were left stranded.

Garrett Hendricks worked the first 4 1/3 innings on the mound, allowing one earned run on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Jack Klementz allowed one run in one inning before Chase pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Barnard, Klementz, Garcia and Elliott each had singles in the loss.

The Raiders, now 1-4 overall, were scheduled to visit Eau Claire North Tuesday, April 18, before hosting the Huskies in the team's "Strike Out Cancer" game Thursday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m. at Grandview Park. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the fight against cancer.

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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