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Lindstrom needs only 83 pitches to cream metro team

South Saint Paul went south when facing the Raider baseball team, but Chippewa Falls simply refused to fall.

Hudson beat the team from Minnesota 6-1, but lost to the squad from western Wisconsin 3-2.

Bryan Lindstrom went the distance against South St. Paul, striking our four and walking two, while allowing an unearned run. He needed to throw only 83 pitches in his seven innings.

"Bryan did a great job challenging their hitters and throwing strikes," Coach Ryan Huppert said. "It was a very efficient performance for him on the mound."

The Raiders slapped six hits and committed two errors.

"Andy Edholm gave us a spark early in the game with two big two-out hits for us to drive in our first three runs," Huppert said, adding that one of those hits was a double. Mat Drew doubled and scored, Tyler Dierke singled and walked, Elliot Robida singled and scored, and Zach Morrissey singled and walked, scoring two runs and driving one in.

"We still need to find a way to generate some more offense, though," Huppert said. "Over half of our runs scored were unearned. We capitalized on their mistakes, which is good, but we still need to find a way to consistently hit the ball with more authority throughout the game and string some hits together."

Against Chippewa, the two runs came when Robida singled, walked and scored, Chase Graskewicz singled in a run and walked, Morrissey doubled and scored, and Drew walked and had a sacrifice fly.

"It was a tough one to lose. We battled and put ourselves in position to win the game at the end," Huppert said. "That is a good thing and something we talk about going into games. We just need to make a few more plays defensively and get a few more clutch hits so we end up on the winning end of these games."

Davis Lenzen threw three innings, fanning a batter and walking four, while surrendering two earned runs. Tyler Dierke took the loss after his five innings. He struck out four, issued three free passes and gave up an unearned run. The defense had four errors.

"I felt Davis and Tyler did well on the mound again for us. They kept us in the game and put us in position to win," Huppert said.

Hudson is now 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the Big Rivers Conference. A game that was set for Saturday against Holmen was cancelled.

Hudson was scheduled to travel to Eau Claire Memorial on Monday, then play host to Rice Lake on Tuesday and Menomonie on Thursday. "We'll finish up our April 17 suspended game against Menomonie first (it was tied at zero in the second) and then play our regularly scheduled game afterwards," Huppert said.