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Perfect start for Raider softball

Senior Chelsea Walczak rips a high pitch into centerfield for the Raiders' first hit of the game in the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader against Menomonie last Tuesday at Grandview Park. Photo by Bob Burrows

The Raider softball team is off to a 4-0 start to the season, including a doubleheader sweep over Big Rivers Conference foe Menomonie.

The Raiders opened the season with a 6-0 win over Como Park last Monday before sweeping the Indians, 4-3, and 7-4 Tuesday. Monday they posted a 2-1, nonconference win over Baldwin-Woodville in nine innings.

Last Tuesday at home against Menomonie, Hudson won the first game in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-out hit by Betsie Ferguson. Ferguson was injured in the nightcap, but her teammates held off the Indians for an eight-inning victory.

Raider head coach Dan Rasmussen said Ferguson injured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while making a long, running catch in right field. He said Ferguson, a junior, was emerging as the team's power hitter after hitting a home run in the season opener against Como Park and getting the game-winning hit in the first game of Tuesday's twin bill.

This week the Raiders will visit River Falls for a doubleheader Thursday and travel to Wausau for the Wausau West Tournament on Saturday.

In the season-opener last Monday against Como Park, Ferguson hit a two-run home run, Allie Kocik had two hits and two RBI, and Maddie Karras drove in a pair of runs in the Raiders' 6-0 victory.

Erin Anderson had a double in the win and Maggie Whitacre reached base twice and scored two runs while pitcher Abby Singerhouse struck out 15 and allowed just one hit and one walk.

Tuesday in the BRC opener against Menomonie, the Indians struck for a pair of runs in the top of the third before Hudson cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning on a double by Kocik and a run-scoring single by Sydney Berger.

Erin Anderson singled and scored on an error in the fourth to tie the score, 2-2, and Karras singled in Ferguson to give the Raiders a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

The Indians tied things up in their half of the seventh before Chelsea Walczak reached on a one-out single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Anderson, and scored on Ferguson's game-winning hit.

Singerhouse went the distance on the mound to earn the win, striking out 13 while allowing three hits and four walks.

Singerhouse also picked up the win in the nightcap by driving in the go-ahead runs and striking out six of the eight batters she faced in 2 2/3 innings of relief Meghan Hanson started on the mound and allowed just one earned run and six hits while striking out eight and walking one, but left with the score tied, 4-4, in the sixth.

The Raiders took the lead with three runs in the top of the eighth when Kocik and Berger scored on a hit by Singerhouse and Singerhouse scored on a base hit by Walczak. Singerhouse struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to preserve the win.

Karras and Kocik each had two hits and two runs scored while Walczak and Ari Schultz added two hits apiece.

Monday against Baldwin-Woodville, Hanson drove in Walczak with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, and Singerhouse struck out 12 while going the distance on the mound in a 2-1 Raider win.

Kocik scored on a base hit by Berger in the third to tie the score, 1-1.

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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